As from end of business 20 March 2020, All pubs, restaurants, cafes and clubs in the UK have closed their doors to the public until further notice. The government announced the lockdown would come into force from Friday in an attempt to slow the spread of Coronavirus. After announcing the measures, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said that the lockdown would be reviewed on a monthly basis but could last anything up to three months.

As a direct result of the latest action, All gigs advertised in SHAPEMAG are now cancelled until further notice. However, it is expected that a new streaming service called SHAPECAST will be launched in the very near future to support the Hartlepool live music community during the lockdown period. This will include news updates, streamed performances and information to help artists and venues get through this difficult period.

SHAPEMAG is now actively seeking artists to contribute their music, videos and content for use in the webcast. Venue owners are also encouraged to get involved to support the community. Any content or information can be submitted to