Will Music Festivals Ever Come Back?
Live music is supposed to make a comeback in 2021, after the recent pandemic, but now it’s in doubt. Although COVID-19 vaccinations are rolling out, many Americans are not eligible until summer. If large gatherings are not vaccinated, they will most likely be canceled. This is bad news for the music industry. But there’s still hope. In this article, I’ll examine the reasons why the music industry should re-evaluate its future.
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Covid-19 pandemic affects music festivals
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused new fears over outdoor transmission. Even though the virus is not widespread, it is still present in many parts of the world and the United States. Despite its unpredictable nature, music festivals continue to be held throughout the country. In Chicago, health officials traced over 200 positive cases to the Lollapalooza Music Festival. In Riverside County, officials reported no positive cases during the Splash House music festival. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are tracking the pandemic’s impact on outdoor events.
Live streaming is a way to reach fans
Music festival audiences are constantly on the lookout for new ways to stay in touch with their favorite artists. One of the most innovative ways to reach them is through live streaming. During music festivals, audiences are eager to watch artists in action and engage with them in a variety of ways. Live streaming allows artists to share everything from songwriting sessions to home studio tours. This way, artists can mix casual chats with live performances.
New Year’s concert cancellations due to omicron variant
In the wake of an outbreak of the coronavirus omicron variant, many New Year’s Eve concerts and parties have been canceled. In downtown Los Angeles, a popular New Year’s Eve concert is no longer taking place. Instead, it will be live-streamed. Organizers had originally planned an invite-only event in Grand Park but were forced to cancel because of the outbreak. The outbreak is the latest in a series of omicron-related illnesses, which have caused just a few deaths and hospitalizations in the U.S.
Foo Fighters return to shows
The Foo Fighters have announced they will return to music festivals, after canceling several shows because of Taylor Hawkins’ death. Hawkins, the drummer of the band, died in South America in March. The band was set to headline the Festival Estereo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia. Initially, they were scheduled to play at Boston Calling in May 2020. However, a pandemic forced organizers to postpone the festival for two years, and the band will now appear at Boston Calling in 2022.
Made in America Festival coming back in 2022
The Made in America Music Festival is set to return to Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway this September, with headliners Tyler, the Creator, and Bad Bunny kicking off the lineup. Other artists performing at the festival include Jazmine Sullivan, Lil Uzi Vert, Kodak Black, Pusha T, and Victoria Monet. The lineup also includes Tyler, the Creator, Bad Bunny, Jazmine Sullivan, and Toro y Moi.