Wait, are Music Festivals Making a Comeback?

Lashonde Lavelle Christian
August 17, 2020
4 minutes
Since the descent of Rona, everything has sort of been in free-fall. From economies to jobs to the entertainment industry, 2020 has certainly been a hella ride.
Losing half their income from the absence of all live shows, festivals and concerts, the music industry has somewhat felt the brunt of it. However, with time, we have been seeing better days, as compared to when this whole pandemic began, at the start of the year.
Step by step, we are recovering. But what does that recovery mean for music festivals, in particular?
According to the latest reports on the matter, event organizers are actually looking to restart music festivals up again, following of course, strict standard operational procedures. In fact, some of those plans have already been put into motion.
In Lancashire, England, the first music festival since Covid-19, featuring Jonas Blue, Sam Divine and Shapeshifters, began on July 11th, and will continue on until the 31st of August 2020.

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The festival was designed with various pitches on a field, to put forth social distancing measures. Accommodating up to only 6 people a pitch, the festival also limits only 480 people at one time. Each pitch is 8.5 feet away from each other, and although people wouldn’t need to social-distance within their own pitch, they would have to do so with other pitches.
The pitches are shaped like a hexagon and besides leaving those pitches for the restroom and when they enter or exit, people are not permitted to leave them at all. Festival workers would also deliver food to each pitch upon order.

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Besides England, Germany has also begun to find ways on how to have large-scale concerts, risk free.
According to DW, Live Nation Germany recently announced their first large scale concert, which will be held at Merkur Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Titled, “Give Live a Chance”, the concert has been said to take place on September 4th and would accommodate up to 13,000 concertgoers.
The Düsseldorf arena is the third-largest stadium in Germany with 54,000 seats. The concept of said concert would include strict social distancing and hygiene rules.
Performers such as Bryan Adams, Sarah Connor and Rea Garvey have been expected to attend it.

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Adding to that, are German scientists putting their heads together to find a way to detect how the virus would spread in large crowds. Looking for 4,200 volunteers, a free experimental concert called “Restart-19” would also be held in Germany, on August 22nd. The concert would feature German singer songwriter Tim Bendzko.
Participants will be tested 24 hours before the concert and also be examined just before it starts. They will each be then, given a tracker that measures their distance from the other participants. An additional 50 sensors will be installed in the concert venue to identify points of contact.
All concert-goers will be asked to use fluorescent hand sanitizer for their own protection and also so that areas that people often touch, would be able to be seen under a UV light.

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The concert will be done in three scenarios. The first will resemble events as per normal-members will enter the building through two doors and take their seats. The second, crowds will use eight entrances to enter the arena and every second seat will be taped off. The third scenario will only encompass 2,000 spectators, in a venue that can fit 12,000. A 1.5m distance will be observed when seating people.  
With all these different countries trying new methods of mass gatherings out, the results could be deadly, given Covid-19’s high contagion level. However, in order to recover and go back to normal, or at least a new normal, without a vaccine, it would seem that trial and error might just be the next step.