Covid-19: The end for live music? BBC News Review

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Learn vocabulary from a news story about the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on live music gigs: A top music boss doesn’t think live music will be back until the end of the year at the very least. Avoiding gatherings is considered a crucial step to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Neil and Catherine discuss this news story and look at the vocabulary being used.

Key words and phrases:
a situation which contains nothing positive

Experts are warning of a future economic wasteland due to the coronavirus lockdown.
The village I grew up in was a cultural wasteland. I couldn’t wait to move to the city.

go to the wall
fail; be destroyed

Many small businesses will go to the wall because of Covid-19.
Lots of online companies went to the wall when the dot com bubble burst.

destruction; killing of large numbers of something

Coral reefs are facing decimation because of pollution in the oceans.
World travel has been decimated by coronavirus. No one is going on holiday.

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