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US Senate to introduce relief bill to save independent music venues

Posted by on July 24, 2020

    A new bill is being introduced in the US Senate that aims to help independent music venues struggling in the pandemic stay on their feet until they are able to reopen. Co-written by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX), the Save Our Stages Act will provide $10 billion in Small Business […]

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UK to open first socially-distanced music venue

Posted by on July 6, 2020

    A new venue dedicated to socially-distanced events is coming to the UK this summer. The Virgin Money Unity Arena is slated to open in August at Newcastle Racecourse in Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Photos of the 2,500-person capacity outdoor venue show sectioned-off platforms with two metres (6.56 feet) distance between them faced […]

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Headbangers Brawl: Do you think concerts should happen now?

Posted by on June 30, 2020

  Since March, we’ve seen many predictions on when concerts will return, what they would look like, what fans could end up wearing, and walking through a disinfectant mist. It’s safe to say we are in an unpredictable state of “anything goes” mentality. While COVID-19 cases continue to rise, events are happening across the United […]

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Tennessee & Idaho hold non-socially distanced concerts amidst rising COVID-19 cases

Posted by on June 30, 2020

  This past weekend saw two states, Tennessee and Idaho, hold concerts where social distancing seemed to be far from anyone’s minds.  On June 27, concertgoers attended a show put on by country singer Chase Rice at Tennessee’s Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. A now-deleted video shared by Rice on his Instagram showed a packed house […]

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Bandcamp to give profits to NAACP on Juneteenth, waive fees to support artists this Friday

Posted by on June 4, 2020

  In light of the recent killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, music sales platform Bandcamp has announced that they will be donating 100% of their profits to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund on June 19, also known as Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the yearly commemoration of the end of slavery. June 19 marks […]

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Protective suit being designed to protect against virus transmission at concerts

Posted by on May 26, 2020

  In the wake of COVID-19, many would-be concert goers are apprehensive about heading back out to venues where they would be in very close proximity to others. After all, no one wants to get sick, or for another outbreak to ravage the world. One design firm is working on a unique solution to ease […]

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Israel held first beachfront gathering in Tel Aviv since COVID-19 outbreak

Posted by on May 22, 2020

  The COVID-19 pandemic is a time of confusion as there are different rules and guidelines taking place in all parts of the globe. One area could be months away from seeing a live event happen, and others, such as Arkansas, are ready to experiment with social distancing concerts. As festivals and major tours are […]

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Promoters contemplate what concerts might look like in the wake of COVID-19

Posted by on May 22, 2020

  Live music is going to look a whole lot different in the aftermath of the pandemic. While a full-scale live music resurgence might not be in the cards for at least a year, there continues to be speculation as to what concerts might look like once venues start to open up again. A new […]

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Arkansas’ first socially distanced concert being shut down by state

Posted by on May 15, 2020

  Last week, it was announced that Fort Smith, Arkansas venue TempleLive would be holding their first post-lockdown concert. Now, that show is being shut down by the state. The show, an intimate acoustic set from Bishop Gunn frontman Travis McCready, was supposed to take place on May 15, three days before the state of […]

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AIF calls on UK Government to aid independent festival industry

Posted by on May 14, 2020

  The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the concert industry in ways that will be felt for a while. Festivals, for one, will have trouble in particular given that many people will be weary of attending such large gatherings. An estimated 90% of the UK’s festivals are likely to be cancelled this year with many believing […]

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