Workers behind the scenes of the concert industry are calling for more support to prevent the loss of tens of thousands of jobs back stage in the sector.
Many of Northern Ireland's biggest gigs have been cancelled or postponed for one year - creating hardship for suppliers.
And even more contractors are affected by the widespread cancellation of smaller music and cultural festivals.
The SSE Arena in Belfast has said it doesn't foresee its concert events kicking off until December despite the Department for Communities announcing that some venues could reopen at the beginning of September.
A spokeswoman said: "Many international promoters have already chosen to cancel or reschedule tours until 2021."
It's a similar story for Belfast's other two large live music venues, the Ulster Hall and the Waterfront. And smaller grassroots businesses are being hit even harder.
Michelle McTernan, a PR professional and events promoter, said: "Because of Covid-19 eight of the festivals I was working on had to be cancelled despite months of work already going into promoting them.
"My job means I'm paid upon completion of the event so for all eight events I received around 50% of what I usually would be paid. It's a devastating time for professionals like myself. We were marketing events in vain, lost ticket sales and we are facing really uncertain times."
Belfast's Oh Yeah Centre has joined a Crowdfunding campaign to help weather the storm of closed doors and social distancing.
A number of theatres and concert halls have been given the go-ahead to reopen for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown.
But for many behind the scenes, a string of cancelled events could mark the end of their business.
A resumption date of August 8 for the concert and theatre sectors was set out by the Department For Communities last week to allow for rehearsals with the hope of audiences returning to venues on September 1.
It leaves little time this year alone for gigs to be planned and most of 2020's schedule of events has either been moved to 2021 or cancelled.
That has forced an ecosystem of contractors and support staff to lose out on almost a full year of business.
The director of an audio consultancy, who did not want to be named, said: "Given the lead time for organising large events I am now resigned to my company having no work at all this year, and therefore no income. My business will inevitably be wound up or become bankrupt."
In Belfast, the annual Belsonic Gig at Ormeau Park has rescheduled its entire event to next summer with headlining acts including Liam Gallagher, Lionel Richie and Lewis Capadli. It's a move that will hit many suppliers hard.
PR professional and events promoter Michelle McTernan says she is heavily reliant on the live performance and events sectors.
She said: "Because of Covid-19 eight of the festivals I was working on had to be cancelled despite months of work already going into promoting them.
"My job means I'm paid upon completion of the event so for all eight events I received around 50% of what I usually would be paid.
"It's a devastating time for professionals like myself. We were marketing events in vain, lost ticket sales and we are facing really uncertain times."
Ms McTernan has been behind the PR for events like Dearg Fest and Friends Goodwill Festival in Larne featuring Hothouse Flowers and Eddi Reader.
She said Covid-19 has had a "frightening" impact.
Ms McTernan said she has rescheduled The Younique Aesthetics Festival Of Love twice. Headlined by Brian Kennedy the festival will take place on September 25 and 26.
Meanwhile the SSE Arena, which hosts the bigger music events here, said it doesn't foresee any concerts being held there in 2020. The Script was one of the last live bands to perform there in March before lockdown.
A spokesman for the Odyssey Trust, which operates the complex containing the arena, said: "It is our understanding that the guidance released last week relates to the opening of some smaller theatres and concert venues. A return to larger events in an arena setting will require more guidance and clarity around the measures required around mass gatherings.
"We are working towards re-opening the SSE Arena Belfast as soon as we can safely do so. At present, we anticipate this may be possible by the end of this year, subject to advice from government and health authorities. Re-opening also needs to be economically viable.
"We anticipate that even when we can reopen, levels of business and how we interact with customers will have changed significantly.
"There is a significant lead in time in order to prepare for larger events and many international promoters have already chosen to cancel or reschedule tours until 2021."
A spokesperson for the Ulster Hall and Waterfront Hall said the venues would work with a "phased re-opening".
"Since the beginning of March, we have worked closely with promoters to reschedule over 70 shows. This will ensure that the Waterfront and Ulster Halls will continue to set the stage for some of the biggest names in the arts.
"Patron and staff safety is our top priority," she said.
Other victims of rescheduled music events include lighting and sound technicians, equipment suppliers and providers of safety and site management.
It's feared that the losses suffered will impact the sector's ability to resume in the long-term.
As well as calls for more funding for the sector, musicians and others in the industry are calling for tax relief and a ban on ticket VAT for the next three years have also been made to safeguard the industry's immediate future in the aftermath of the virus.
Music Industry, a UK-wide support body for the sector, says 50% of those involved behind the scenes at the concert sector only "have four month's worth of liquidity". And further figures reveal that 60% of the 200,000 roles that support the live music sector are at risk.
And the continued difficulties have been highlighted by high-profile performers in the industry like Ed Sheeran, the Rolling Stones and Coldplay who have written to the UK Culture Secretary for more funding.
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher also wrote: "Amazing gigs don't happen without an amazing team behind the stage, but they'll all be out of jobs unless we can get back out there doing what we love."
In a parliamentary publication it was revealed that the concert sector alone generated £1bn UK-wide, reaching an audience of 25 million.
The National Arenas Association projects that the 23 UK arenas it represents will lose almost £235m worth of ticket sales over a six-month period while many smaller grassroots venues are facing closure.
In Belfast the Oh Yeah Centre has joined a nationwide campaign to protect its future.
The #saveourvenues Crowdfunding drive, its says, will "support our plans to invest in alternative ways to support local music until the venue can open again."
A report on the Impact of Covid-19 on the Digital Media Culture and Sport (DMCS) Sector says: "The UK's thriving festival and live events sector has been particularly badly hit, with UK Music estimating that 90% of all festivals in 2020 will be cancelled. The Association of Independent Festivals says that 92% of its members face permanent collapse and 98.5% are not covered by cancellation insurance, despite having already incurred an average sunk cost of £375,000 per event.
"The seasonality of the industry means that cancellations over spring and summer mean a complete loss of income for the year ahead, which could have devastating consequences for the SMEs and self-employed workers in the live events supply chain."