Industry Update: Here's what happened this week (November 6 Edition)

Industry Update Nov 06, 2020

Singapore reopens indoor venues, bubble concerts could be blowing up and the UK raves on.

Indoor events resume in Singapore 🎙

After months of lockdowns and bans on social gatherings, the desire to get back to live performances is stronger than ever. As of November 1st, live indoor events are allowed to resume in Singapore once again, but not without a number of strict measures. Restrictions are still enforced to ensure they can still be carried out safely, but eager concert goers seem to be willing to give up a lot just to catch a glimpse of someone live.

A list of preselected venues have been allowed to begin hosting events and must follow the strict safety guidance, including limited capacity, masks, no free standing audience and limited number of unmasked performers and crew at any given time. Not included on this list are food and beverage and wedding reception venues as it has been determined that these types of establishments encourage more socializing without proper protection (i.e. face masks...it’s pretty hard to eat and drink through a mask). The number of attendees will be limited to 100 and separated into 2 separate zones. Oh, one more thing...no singing or dancing allowed. ☹️

A bubble for your COVID bubble 🔵

Not to burst your bubble, but concerts and festivals are a long way away from being back to completely normal. However, new measures are constantly being tested in an attempt to bring back live performances in some capacity, like at the Live in DMZ concert in South Korea. It became one of the first to experiment with a new concept for live performances; placing attendees in domes to watch the show. 300 clear bubbles were placed around the arena, which were limited to four people who must be within the same social bubble.

While COVID continues to take a toll on live events, people are eager to get back to some bit of normalcy and watch some live acts perform. Other measures were enforced upon entry, like disinfecting mist, contact tracing questionnaires and temperature checks. 1,200 fans were allowed to watch the local acts perform, a significantly lower attendance rate for the Goyang Sports Complex which can normally host 41,000.

UK sees increase in COVID cases...and underground raves 👮‍♀️

Welp...another lockdown is upon us. While one country is reopening venues for indoor performances, others are going back a phase. This may not come as a surprise, as the number of COVID cases has been steadily on the rise, but the UK went back into lockdown yesterday. Despite, or possibly more appropriately in spite of, this announcement, the UK has seen a concerning amount of illegal raves happening across the country as music venues and clubs have come to a close once again.

Illegal gatherings have been taking place throughout the duration of this pandemic but as the weather begins to get colder, these events are becoming even more dangerous as people are moving inside. Just this past weekend, police broke up a number of warehouse raves and other parties, some with over 700 people in attendance.

While all of our lives have been affected, young people are missing out on some crucial life experiences and turning to unsafe, illegal events as outlets for their frustrations in response to this pandemic. We are all anxious to get back to the crowds and nightlife, but at this rate we won’t be getting there anytime soon. The desire to rebel against these restrictions in favor of experiences that seem somewhat normal is something we can all understand, but the need to keep people safe and stop the spread of this virus is more important than ever in achieving that goal. Stay home, stay safe.

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