Music is something a large majority of humans enjoy, from songs that take you back to a single memory to background music that allows you to concentrate on your work or studies. Despite being able to stream music through several widely available streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, there’s nothing quite like going to a live gig to experience your favorite artist rocking out to a crowd of thousands. Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, these live shows quickly faded out to ensure the safety of yourself and others by practicing social distancing (something that’s very difficult to do whilst jumping around a music venue filled with thousands of people).
Fear not, concerts aren’t over. There just needs to be a modern, out-the-box, progressive look at how we can still enjoy live music whilst staying safe. Here we explore the options open to you if you can’t wait for your favorite venue to open back up.
Look At Your Local Covid Rates
Let’s start with something simple. Covid is affecting every country differently which means you may well be in a place that will allow you to still visit a music venue. All this means is you’ll have to be quick on the draw with ticket sales. The ticket gurus over at TicketFairy.com explain the easiest way to ensure you grab the tickets you want and see your favorite show is to be first in line when the tickets are released. Set reminders on your phone, join the mailing list or have the ticket website loaded in your browser at all times to guarantee you’re there, ready and waiting, for those all-important tickets to be released.
At this time, it’s important to remember to stay safe. If you aren’t comfortable going to a show with others just yet then hold on until you are. Keep your hands clean and stay socially distanced. Pack some added extras to your gig bag like hand sanitizer, anti-bac wipes, or even your soap for when you pop to the toilet.
Find A Show Online
There are plenty of bands, solo artists, DJs, groups, rappers, and orchestras that are chomping at the bit to get out there and play live music for their fans. The pandemic has affected us all in some way, and these musicians have had their main source of income taken away from them. Online shows are a brilliant way for those musicians to show their fans they are still there, still keen, and still want to play their hard-worked tunes. Some may decide to ask for a small donation to help them get through the tough times and others may decide to put on a free show. A band that decided to put on a virtual world tour throughout the lockdown is New Hope Club, a Pop trio from the UK. The young band put on 20 shows across the globe to a sell-out crowd.
Look up your favorite musicians and see if they’re putting together anything similar. There are plenty of other live-streamed shows being advertised including classical shows and music for kids, so you never know, you could be at an online venue sooner than you think.
Socially Distanced Concerts
At the time of writing this, certain countries are heading into a tiered lockdown system. Simply put, this means there are different levels of restrictions in place based on where you live. If you’re in a high-risk area of the world then the chances are socially distanced concerts aren’t going to be a possibility for you. However, if you are in a low-risk area then local and major music venues might be allowing people in for shows at a limited capacity. In the UK for example, music venues that have been placed in tier 2 are allowed up to 1000 people (depending on venue size) to enjoy a show.
For these concerts to work everyone that is in attendance must remain socially distanced and adhere to the rules given upon arrival. If you’re a true music lover then you’ll do anything to hear a twang of the guitar or vocals of a pro.
Covid-19 has been a difficult time for everyone. There isn’t an industry, person, or company that hasn’t felt some sort of effect or backlash from it. Rallying together and following the rules is the best way we can beat this virus. Then and only then are we going to be able to enjoy live music once more? These three examples are pretty much the only way we are going to be enjoying live music for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean music is dead. Stay safe, and support your favorite musicians.