4 days, 8 stages, 170 bands | #CarryOnTouring UK-EU Summit to urge government to “work it out” | Initial findings from the Events Research Programme look solid
4 days, 8 stages, 170 bands
Calling all Chicagoans…Lollapalooza is officially on! The headliners for the iconic Chicago festival, including Miley Cirus, Post Malone and The Foo Fighters, were announced Wednesday mere hours before the tickets went on sale. Back in 2017, 4-day tickets sold out within hours. Two years later in 2019, there were still 4-day passes available three weeks later. With the 2020 installment of the festival cancelled but the lingering threat of COVID still deterring some fans, only time will tell how this year’s festival turns out. As of this writing, there are still 4-day GA, VIP and Platinum passes available but 4-day GA+ tickets have sold out.
Currently, there are no capacity restrictions expected, but the Chicago Department of Public Health made a cautious announcement, stating “We felt confident that we would be able to move ahead without capacity restrictions… [but] ...the organizers of all events know that it’s possible things could change with COVID…” A negative COVID test within 24 hours of each day of attendance or proof of vaccination will be required to gain admittance to the festival grounds at Grant Park. The local government is urging fans to get vaccinated now so they are fully vaccinated in time for the festival.
Rolling Loud, a three-day hip-hop festival, will take place July 23-25 at the 65,000-capacity Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and tickets have already sold out. New York has also announced dates in September for the Governors Ball Festival. Both of which have many of the same artists on the lineup as Lolla.
#CarryOnTouring UK-EU Summit to urge government to “work it out”
The UK live events industry still hasn’t completely recovered from the COVID shutdown (read: still no insurance for live events) and there’s another storm that’s been brewing for quite some time. Now that live entertainment is beginning to return around the world, a little thing called Brexit is putting further strain on the industry. The UK government still hasn’t managed to reach an agreement with the continent regarding free movement for musicians and crew which means touring will be a logistical nightmare. The financial burden alone could mean many up-and-coming artists can’t afford to make the trip to the mainland thus putting the kibosh on their dreams of performing internationally.
Despite the UK government’s claims that this issue is a priority, it’s now been over for nearly 6 months and negotiations are no further along. Sure, both governments have had a few other things to deal with, but for the industry to survive a decision must be made. There are fears that the lack of a deal between the EU and the UK could also impact touring possibilities with the United States. Stay tuned.
Initial findings from the Events Research Programme look solid
But let’s end on a positive note, shall we? The preliminary findings from the UK Government’s Events Research Programme indicate that large scale events are as safe as shopping or dining out (when appropriate precautions are taken, of course). This means that the roadmap for allowing full scale events with no restrictions and no mask requirements should go forward as planned on June 21.
For those who don’t know, the ERP was a series of in-person events that took place from April 16 until May 15. The intention was to test various mitigation techniques such as improved ventilation, enhanced hygiene measures and designated entry requirements to ensure live events could return safely.
On the wings of the announcement of the initial findings, The O2 arena announced a series of “Welcome Back Shows” beginning in August. The increase in the virus variant in England has posed some potential challenges but many feel it’s unlikely to affect the roadmap.