This blog believes that people should be held to account for their actions and opinions. In the case of Danny Rampling, I have gone after him quite aggressively, because I happen to believe some of the views he’s spreading are potentially dangerous. His almost daily mentions of things “proving” the vaccine is dangerous is nothing short of irresponsible.
But are the positions that Rampling has taken during the pandemic now affecting his earning potential? To the best of my knowledge, he didn’t do any gigs from March 2020 until doing the odd socially distanced one earlier this month. And by the looks of it, clubs might be taking notice too.
Nearly all of his bookings for the next two months are for festivals. Outside. At the mercy of good old British weather. Last week, the weather across the UK was gorgeous. This week? Not so much. But what’s going to happen once autumn comes along and then gives way to winter? The idea of dancing outside in the cold December weather does not appeal one single bit.
There’s also the vaccine passports angle on this. I’ve posted before about these – I’m uneasy with the idea and I’ll be writing in more detail about this later. But let’s say that they are brought in across England – and from late September, proof of vaccine is going to be needed. Rampling will either have to get vaccinated or possibly never work in another legal venue in England again.
And as I said last week, England is the most gung-ho when it comes to lifting Covid restrictions. So that makes it more likely Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be receptive too. If that happened, Rampling could never work in another British nightclub again. He’d either have to go and do something else with his life or pursue illegal raves instead.
The other option – at least from his perspective – is even worse. Get the two jabs necessary to continue working in the clubs. But that would come at the price of never being taken seriously again. His word would, quite literally, mean nothing. It would show the world he was all about money and no principles.
You’d better hope this doesn’t come to fruition, Danny. If it does, your future consists of playing at illegal raves in the middle of nowhere on freezing cold December nights – a torrent of water running down your nose and the need to make sure police don’t confiscate your towel. You might not catch Covid, but you’ll definitely catch pneumonia…