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Kerrang! remains on indefinite hiatus in print

By | Published on Thursday 2 July 2020


Another music magazine is keeping print on hold for some time yet. Having stopped publishing in print at the start of the COVID-19 shutdown, Kerrang! has now delayed its return in that format indefinitely as a result of the ongoing pandemic. In a statement, the title’s publisher says that it had originally hoped that the print version would return this month, but that’s not now possible.

“We paused the publication of our magazine in April as lockdown took hold, and we were hoping for its return this month”, the statement says. “This is not possible due to the on-going suspension of live shows and the disruption of the UK newsstand. Both these factors affect our circulation and advertising revenues. The prospect of a second spike in the virus also makes the idea of publishing a weekly magazine seem irresponsible at this stage”.

Giving no exact timeline for its eventual return, Kerrang! says it is now hoping to come back “as the live scene returns”. Obviously, right now that is a very broad window of time, with no one – not least the UK government – clear about when going to gigs might be a thing again.

News that the print version of Kerrang! will remain out of circulation for the time being follows a similar announcement by sister title Mixmag earlier this week. The dance music and clubbing magazine said that it would be publishing online only for at least the rest of the year.