French Live Music Professionals Push for Reopening on September 1
More than 3,000 professionals have signed a letter sent to the government, asking for “clear and coherent” plans for a reopening, making a push to allow shows at 100 percent capacity as early as September 1, according to multiple sources. Concert promoters, venue owners, technicians, service providers, artists and... Read more
Concerts Return to Germany With Pair of 1,000-Fan Shows
A pair of concerts in Germany’s Saxony region took place over the weekend, seeing a combined 1,500 fans in attendance in socially distant fashion, the first such performances in the country since the coronavirus shutdown was rapidly enacted earlier this year. The region currently allows performances with up to... Read more
Virus-Free New Zealand Welcomes Fans Back Into Sports Stadiums
While countries across the world are still under strict lockdowns amid the global coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand residents had the chance to enjoy a mask-free rugby tournament. On Saturday, more than 20,000 fans flooded Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin to watch the Super Rugby game between the Otago Highlanders... Read more
Saudi Arabia’s MDLBeast Festival To Go Virtual This Weekend
Saudi Arabia’s MDLBEAST EDM music festival is not holding an in-person event, but organizers have planned a massive 12-hour digital version of the fest this weekend. The first edition of the festival, dubbed Soundstorm, launched last year in Riyadh, bringing in 400,000 people. Now, during the digital edition, fans... Read more
Paul McCartney Advocates For Fans Denied Refunds For Cancelled Concerts
While Paul McCartney will no longer be performing in Italy this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, he’s using his voice to speak out and ensure that ticketholders will receive refunds. Originally, McCartney was scheduled to perform in Naples and Lucca this week, however, last month, the gigs were called-off... Read more
BTS Donates $1M To Black Lives Matter Campaign, Fans Match Pledge
K-Pop fans are uniting in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and have launched their own campaign, dubbed “One In An Army,” to match BTS’ donation. Last week, the K-pop powerhouse revealed that they donated $1 million toward the BLM movement, following the murder of George Floyd –... Read more
Dr. Anthony Fauci Offers Optimism In Preventing Second Wave Of Virus
For months, Dr. Anthony Fauci has cautioned the American public on the importance of mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus. Even with strict social distancing, sanitizing and other measures, Fauci has warned that the virus likely will be seasonal in nature and the U.S. could see a dangerous... Read more
Live Nation Staging Socially Distant Shows As European Restrictions Lift
Amid widespread cancellations across the industry due to the coronavirus pandemic, Live Nation is working to hold reduced-capacity shows in order to keep the spirit of concerts alive. In the U.S., the entertainment giant is working toward holding drive-in movie theater concerts and festivals, and now, in Europe, the... Read more
Artists Speak Out, Donate To Black Lives Matter Movement
The live event industry joined forces yesterday for an initiative dubbed #TheShowMustBePaused as a part of Blackout Tuesday, but musicians are still speaking out and urging people to donate toward the Black Lives Matter movement. As a part of #TheShowMustBePaused, promoters, record labels, distributors, and executives across the industry... Read more
Stadium Testing Disinfectant Tunnel To Ensure Safety
Researchers in Israel are currently testing a tunnel disinfectant technology that will spray visitors before they enter a stadium in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus. According to The Times of Israel, the industrial firm RD Pack in Karmiel crated the disinfectant out of water and applied... Read more