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European Tour Dates – How to cross the UK / EU Border Using a Carnet

If you are a band with European Tour Dates and are travelling in a Splitter Van with a Carnet across the UK/EU Border for the first time since Brexit, Mark at Iron Man Records explains how to keep it simple.

Mipso European Tour June 2022

I took an Americana Band called Mipso across Europe in June 2022. I learned a lot about post Brexit Border crossing. Here’s what I would recommend if you have Tour Dates to play, the UK/EU Border to cross, and a Carnet to deal with.

The first thing to do is go by Eurotunnel. Get a “passenger” ticket for a 9 seat Splitter van as it is classified as “a passenger carrying vehicle.” Don’t go on a “Freight” ticket. Avoid the Ferry, I know it’s cheaper, but the risk of huge queues and all sorts of other issues can make things complicated. I would choose a “Standard Refundable” ticket as it’s valid for a year from date of purchase, ideal if plans change, and you need to move the booking to a later date. The ticket is also refundable if something happens. Book your departure to be two hours later than needed. If you are delayed getting the Carnet processed or get stuck in Traffic you will still turn up on time. If you turn up early you can still take an earlier crossing up to two hours before your scheduled departure.

UK Outbound (export)

If you are going to choose an Inland Border Facility to present your Carnet, go to STOP 24. There are many Inland Border Facilities to choose from, I just find STOP 24 easy as it’s close to Eurotunnel. It easy to find on your way to Eurotunnel check in and easy to get to when you return. You don’t need to book in advance, you can turn up anytime you like. Stop 24 Folkestone Services is located at Junction 11 of the M20 and is the closest motorway services to the Channel Tunnel and Port of Dover. Full address: STOP 24, Folkestone Services, Junction 11, M20, Hythe CT21 4BL https://www.stop24.co.uk

Drive in and go past the petrol station. Follow the road all the way round to the back of the services where all the trucks are parked up. Using What3words Head to ///simulates.rope.weaned where there is a barrier. You will need to put your number plate in before the barrier opens. Drive all the way round until you find the van parking spaces at ///menu.oxidation.shelters. Don’t park in the truck spaces. Wear your High Vis when moving around in the truck park.

When you walk into the Services you will see the Channel Ports Office, it’s right opposite the public toilets, that’s where you need to present the Carnet.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

STOP 24 has got to be one of the worst services in the UK. Don’t have any high hopes for good food or drink of any quality. The amenities on offer are basic, but if you get stuck for hours, there are places to get hot and cold food and coffee and so on. So it’s bearable. They even have picnic tables outside. Try and stay positive.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

I use Rock-It Cargo whenever I need a Carnet. I put The Carnet in the name of Iron Man Records at the Iron Man Records address. You can list yourself and any member of the band/crew as ‘named representatives’ so any member of the travelling group can present the Carnet.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

You need to present ID with the Carnet to show you are either the holder or a named representative.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

Make sure the Green front page of the Carnet is signed and I had to then fill out a Yellow “exportation” voucher. You can do all of this in advance but you must sign the yellow voucher in front of the clerk you are handing it to. You should also have copies of your general list in case of inspection.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

Once the staff at the Customs office window have your Carnet they will ask you for a mobile phone number. They keep all your paperwork and give you a slip/receipt and you go and wait for a text. Be sure to wait where there is plenty of phone signal. Stop 24 has poor signal in some areas.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

The first time I had to visit Stop 24 I got a text after nearly 3 hours saying everything was fine and to collect the paperwork. Typically the wait might be 20 minutes, but be prepared for a longer wait on occasion. If I had been picked for inspection that would have added extra time to inspect the goods against the general list.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

Once you have the Carnet back, return to the Truck Park Exit and the barrier lifts automatically. You don’t have to pay for the parking.

When you arrive at check in for Eurotunnel, use the passenger check in, don’t get in the freight line. Here are some numbers should you want to ask about anything in advance or ask about Merch.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

EU Inbound (import)

When exiting Eurotunnel, passenger cars and vans go right. Look out for the orange sign that says SIVEP. As you follow the road out of Eurotunnel, the first slip road on the right is the one you will need to take. There is a SIVEP sign to direct you too. If you find yourself going past the Total Garage you have missed the turning and will need to use your Sat Nav to find your way.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

You can search for the Sotracom Office Calais on Bd de L’Europe, 62100 Calais, France on Google Maps. The easiest way is to use What Three Words using ///class.massive.abolish where there is a gate and a buzzer that you ring and say you have a Carnet that needs stamping as you are importing from UK to EU. Then they will let you in and you park up and walk to the office.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

Take ID & your Carnet with completed white importation voucher and copy of general list, sign it in front of them and hand it over. Then you get given a number, and you sit and wait for your number to be called and your paperwork will be ready to collect. The process took less than ten minutes and there was no inspection. There was a van driving round the car park with a bloke in a high Vis asking truck drivers questions. I timed it just right to be sure I got into the van and drove away without any further discussion. I have no idea what was going on but I didn’t want to hang around and find out. The golden rule with all of these things is return to your vehicle as quickly as possible and drive away as fast as possible before anyone decides to inspect the vehicle. But don’t make it look like you are returning to your vehicle as quickly as possible or driving away as fast as possible. Try and look relaxed. There’s no gate or buzzer on the way out, you can just drive away no problem.

EU Outbound (re-export)

You need to go somewhere different at Calais Eurotunnel on the way back to the UK to get the carnet stamped.

Follow the Eurotunnel signs to the tourist terminal at Junction 42b (Don’t get in the freight queue).

Go through Eurotunnel check in as usual.

Turn right into the passenger terminal car park as if you are going to get a coffee or visit the toilets (if you have gone through border control you have missed it!)

Walk into the terminal and turn right. Follow the signs for the Toilets. Go past WH Smith and on the left-hand side before the toilets there is a customs window (Douanes)

They process your white re-exportation voucher that you have filled in and sign in front of them etc. As mentioned before, it took 5 minutes. Keep quiet and let them process it as you stand at the window. They are no more interested in your Carnet than you are. Let them do the work while you wait.

This office is the same place that process your duty-free refunds. The staff told me they are open 24 hours, 7 days a week but there can sometimes be a slight delay if the shifts are changing over. So 5 minutes is typical but be prepared for a longer wait if they pick you for inspection or the shifts are changing over.

UK Inbound (re-import)

Return to Stop 24 as you did before. Same procedure. Park up in the van parking, hand your carnet in at the office window. You will need to get your yellow re-importation voucher stamped.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

If that’s the end of your trip you have to return the Carnet to Rock-it Cargo or whoever supplied the Carnet.

It seems to me that no one is inspecting vehicles outbound or inbound unless they have good reason to do so. Always tell the others in the travelling group to keep quiet when you are being questioned by Customs or Border Force Staff. Be sure to cooperate fully but don’t talk too much or make silly comments or jokes in case it attracts more detailed questions. Answer the questions in full as simply and clearly as possible. Get your passports stamped and get going. Don’t mess around or you may win a full inspection. And then you may be in all sorts of trouble if they find anything not listed on the carnet.

Tour Management: Crossing the UK/EU Border Using a Carnet

Useful Addresses:

UK to EU

Stop 24, Folkestone Services, Junction 11, M20, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4BL

Eurotunnel UK Terminal, Ashford Road, Folkestone, CT18 8XX

Bureau de controle douane calais port tunnel, 62100 Calais, France.

Sotracom Office Calais on Bd de L’Europe on Google Maps sotracom Office calais, 62100 Calais, France

EU to UK

Calais Eurotunnel Arrival Point, Avenue de France, 62231 Coquelles, France

Stop 24, Folkestone Services, Junction 11, M20, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4BL

Rock-it Cargo

Watch and Learn about all things Music and Brexit here: UK Europe Arts Work

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Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 27th March 2014

The next Music Network meeting will be on Thursday 27th March 2014. The Meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

IFPI and RIAA 2013 Music Sales Figures – There are positive signs but overall they make for troubling reading. Total sales were down 3.9%. Based on 2012 numbers the trend suggested that 2013 revenues should have registered a 2% growth, so that is a -6% swing in momentum. Digital grew by 4.3% which was not enough to offset the impact of declining CD sales, which has been the story every year since 2000 except last. Download sales declined by 1%. Continued competition from apps and other entertainment, coupled with subscriptions poaching the most valuable download buyers is finally taking its toll. Subscriptions up by 51%: An impressively strong year for subscriptions but not enough to make the digital increase bigger than the physical decline on a global basis nor in key markets, including the US. Read it all in full here

The Death of the Long Tail: MUSICIANS MUST READ: 1% of Artists earn 77% of the income…..

Anyone involved in Music in the region is welcome to attend, its free and there will be tea and coffee provided.Read minutes from previous meetings here: https://birminghammusicnetwork.com/category/minutes/

Website: https://birminghammusicnetwork.com Facebook Twitter

Creative Networks 27th March 2014

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Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 4pm Thursday 27th February 2014

The next Music Network meeting will be on Thursday 27th February 2014.

The Meeting starts at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG.

Anyone involved in Music in the region is welcome to attend, its free and there will be tea and coffee provided.Read minutes from previous meetings here: https://birminghammusicnetwork.com/category/minutes/

Website: https://birminghammusicnetwork.com Facebook Twitter
Creative Networks thursday 27th February 2014

In his presentation, Steve Millward will be including some video and audio clips alongside the book’s contents.
Steve will be bringing copies of his book to the event, which he’ll be signing on the night and selling for £7.99 (cash only) i.e. £1 off the retail price

http://www.stevemillward.co.uk/#/books/4571364575
http://www.stevemillward.co.uk/#/about/4571364447

Steve Millward co-wrote the critically-acclaimed From Blues To Rock while teaching music courses at Manchester University. Since then, he has contributed to Women In Music Now, Juke Blues and, as jazz correspondent, the Manchester Evening News. His broadcasting experience includes a two-year spell as BBC Radio 5’s ‘pop pundit’. ‘Changing Times’ is the first book of  a trilogy dealing with music and politics between 1964 and 1974.

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Routes to Music and Black Country Music Network 23rd, 25th, 30th November 2009

Sostenuto LLP is a partnership of creative workers bringing their collective experience and knowledge together under one organisation to help sustain music industry activity in the West Midlands and beyond.

Headed by experienced practitioners in the creative industries, Sostenuto LLP provides expert advice and support for music businesses small and large, delivers funded projects and helps the local music industry to network.

Routes To Music is an innovative new programme of workshops and support giving the unemployed and economically inactive an opportunity to gain an insight into developing their interest in many aspects of the music industry.

Through a series of workshops taking place in the Black Country attendees can find out more about how the music industry works, what the potential career paths are, strategies for success and how to set about developing a music act, product, skill or interest. Each workshop focuses on a specific aspect of music industry. Attendees can participate in some or all of the workshops as appropriate with those attending the complete programme gaining the most from this project in terms of experience and insight.

Our programme of workshops aim to cover many different aspects of the music industry and form part of a series that learners can gain much from.

Our next free workshops are:

Monday 23rd November 7.15pm – 8.45pm – Committee Room A, West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich

Wednesday 25th November 7pm – 9pm – Wollaston Studio, Stourbridge Town Hall, Crown Centre, Stourbridge

Monday 30th November 7.15pm – 8.45pm – Committee Room A, West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich

All Routes To Music sessions are run by Sostenuto LLP and staffed by experienced professionals from the music and creative industries with a background in education work.

To sign up for any of our free sessions, email info@sostenuto.org.uk or text 07595 663966
leaving your name, address, phone number and where possible, your email address

*To qualify for a free place you must be unemployed and between the ages of 16 – 65

The Black Country Music Network is aimed at organisations, business, traders and individuals in and around the music industry in the black country. The event aims to provide those attending with a forum for discussion, asking for help and advice, meeting and connecting with new partners and collaborators or just to discover more about their local scene
It takes place on the first Thursday of each month from 4pm to 6pm at Major Key Studios, The Public, New Street, West Bromwich. If you want to come along, please email info@sostenuto.org.uk to reserve your free place.

To find out more, please visit the BCMN website:
http://blackcountrymusicnetwork.wordpress.com

The Black Country Music Network is a place for anyone working or studying in the music business to come and meet and have a dialogue with others.

Meeting on the first Thursday of every month from 4pm at the offices of Major Key Studios at the Public in West Bromwich

Anyone from music student, solo performer and songwriter to sound engineer, publisher, and producer can attend and network for free.

Whether you want to find out things, source local collaborations or make announcements, the Black Country Music Network is ideal for providing a forum for musicians and music businesses of all genres, experience and backgrounds.

New Free Music Industry courses in the Black Country

Routes To Music is an innovative new programme of workshops and support giving the unemployed and economically inactive an opportunity to gain an insight into developing their interest in many aspects of the music industry.

Through a series of workshops taking place in the Black Country attendees can find out more about how the music industry works, what the potential career paths are, strategies for success and how to set about developing a music act, product, skill or interest. Each workshop focuses on a specific aspect of music industry. Attendees can participate in some or all of the workshops as appropriate with those attending the complete programme gaining the most from this project in terms of experience and insight.

 

Our programme of workshops aim to cover many different aspects of the music industry and form part of a series that learners can gain much from.

Wednesday 18th November 7pm – 9pm

Amblecote Suite, Stourbridge Town Hall, Crown Centre, Stourbridge

Monday 23rd November 7.15pm – 8.45pm

Committee Room A, West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich

Wednesday 25th November 7pm – 9pm

Wollaston Studio, Stourbridge Town Hall, Crown Centre, Stourbridge

Monday 30th November 7.15pm – 8.45pm

Committee Room A, West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich

To sign up, please email your name, address and contact details to info@sostenuto.org.uk

Run by Sostenuto LLP and supported by LSC, ESF and Black Country Consortium

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Berkleemusic distance learning program

I am writing to you on behalf of Berklee College of Music who have just launched their Berkleemusic distance learning program officially in the UK. One of the things that this entails is that £45,000 have been pledged to be given out to UK students over the upcoming five years to study online with Berklee. Patrons of these scholarships include Sir George Martin and Jeff Beck alongside three other big music names.

The scholarships are open to everyone in the UK and we are trying to boost awareness about them to the British musician community. information provided within the press release below,
Best regards,
Nik Miskov
Music Ally Ltd
1-5 Exchange Court
London WC2R 0JU
Office: +44 (0)20 74204320
Mobile: +44 (0)75 900 400 68
www.MusicAlly.com

www.TheLeadingQuestion.com
www.AliadoDigital.com

download information doc here: Berkleemusic distance learning program doc

‘Routes To Music’ – an introduction to the music industry – July 29th 2009

‘Routes To Music’ is an informal introduction to the music industry for all those interested in increasing their potential, gaining knowledge and looking to get more involved in the many areas of the music industry.

Starting in July across the Black Country, unemployed people* can access free workshops and networking sessions focusing on numerous parts of the music industry.

If you want to look at how to develop your potential and gain con?dence through working in one of the many areas of the music business, then please come along to our introductory workshop:

Wednesday 29th July
10.30am – 2.30pm
The Bingley Enterprise Centre, Norfolk Road, Penn?elds, Wolverhampton, WV3 0JE

To sign up or for more information email info at sostenuto.org.uk or phone/text 07595 663966

*To qualify for a free place you must be unemployed and between the ages of 18 – 65

Routes To Music is run by Sostenuto LLP (www.sostenuto.org.uk) and is supported by

European Social Fund, Learning and Skills Council and the Black Country Consortium.

proposals to extend copyright for sound recordings from 50 to 95 years

In case anyone thought performing artists were also the music business or part of it……Here’s an email from PPL

I just wanted to alert you to some good news in our campaign on copyright term. The Commission has this morning announced proposals to extend copyright for sound recordings from 50 to 95 years. Making the announcement, Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said he no longer wanted performing artists to be the poor cousins of the music business.

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