Letter from the Editor: A message of solidarity

Letter from the Editor: A message of solidarity

As our April/May issue goes to print, we want to stress our commitment to helping the community around us

It's turned out to be a pretty strange and unsettling few months, hasn't it? With a lot of people on lockdown around the world and also at risk, the challenges that we're collectively facing are unprecedented. Everyone, in different ways, is in need of support right now and it's vital that we all do whatever it takes to help those in need and stick together as a community.

Like most people, the team at The List have all been working remotely, which our pets are very happy about (my own little guy Begbie pictured above). It's been a challenge though, and I'm extremely proud of the way we've pulled together to continue doing what we do best; shouting about the incredible arts and culture around us.

This issue is a slightly unusual one for us, as you can imagine. With so many events cancelled and postponed, some of which won't have been announced at the time of going to press, we decided to focus our attention on helping folk stuck at home with recommendations on things to watch, listen to and read. Our A–Z of entertainment will hopefully help with this, as will our features on upcoming book releases, kids' TV to stream and all that great new music out there to check out.

But it's also very important to us to show some love to the excellent events that were due to happen in April and May that have been postponed, including Terminal V, Riverside and Wide Days. This will also be the last issue of The List to be bagged in plastic, which is great news. We had hoped to switch to paper wrapping earlier but with the various COVID-19-related disruptions, this has had to be pushed back to June.

Though these sentiments have been echoed across the industry, here at The List, we want to do everything we can to support local businesses, musicians, venues and more. If you think there's a way we could help, please let us know by email or social media. We'll all hopefully be out and about very soon but in the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy and remember, in the words of Patti Smith, 'We can turn the world around, we can turn the earth's revolution … people have the power'.

Most live events are being postponed or cancelled. At the time of going to press, we have indicated this wherever possible to reflect changed dates but we cannot guarantee we'll catch them all. We advise anyone thinking of attending an event or festival to check with the venue and/or ticket provider beforehand. Advice at this time is not to make unnecessary journeys. See list.co.uk/coronavirus for all the latest recommendations, online events, refund policies and further general information.