I don’t know about you, but I definitely miss the live concert experience. Singing and dancing with thousands of strangers to your favorite music together on a hot day just doesn’t compare. We haven’t experienced this environment since March 2020, and we’ve been deprived! Luckily, the return of concerts is somewhere in the near future, and we couldn’t be more excited.
As more people are getting vaccinated, live music is slowly returning–just in time for summer! Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado reopened recently for live music events (check out this link for the schedule), and fall music festivals are slowly announcing dates. Some bands and artists have announced concert tours, including stops in Chicago and New York’s Madison Square Garden for later this year. Here’s everything you need to know about the return of live music events.
The timeline: what to expect
Many sources have indicated that the spring and early summer of this year will be pretty dry in terms of live music events. But the second half of 2021, or the end of the summer and fall seasons should have more regular concerts scheduled across the country.
The music industry was hit HARD when the pandemic struck
Many artists suffered from lack of income. A significant source of income for artists came from concerts and other live music events. When those were no longer possible for the majority of last year, artists struggled. The alternative of virtual concerts did their best to take the place of live, touring concerts, but the source of revenue just wasn’t the same. The experience you get in a crowd of people, vibing with your favorite music isn’t the same as jamming out in your living room to that same music. With the return of concerts on the horizon, some artists may charge more for concert tickets in the early days of the comeback of live music to recover from the financial loss.
Strict COVID regulations will likely be in place
A couple months ago, Live Nation announced that in order for live concerts to start again, concert goers would likely need to bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the show in order to attend. Other rules include that everyone must wear a mask, and the venues would be at limited capacity. Some concert venues that are opening later this year, however, have indicated that they will reopen at full-capacity for concerts. After New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced New York will fully reopen on July 1, live music venues are included in that reopening.
Concerts that were cancelled due to COVID during 2020 and 2021 may be rescheduled
Live Nation has put together a guide informing people what happens with their concert tickets. Some concerts have been completely cancelled, which would allow you to get a refund. Others have been rescheduled to later this year or next year.
What can you do in the meantime
Get vaccinated! The more people are vaccinated, the sooner big events can pick up again. Supporting artists by attending virtual events, buying merchandise, and streaming music are good ways to show your support for the music industry while we anxiously wait to attend the first post-COVID concert.
For more updates about the return of live music, follow along on this Live Nation page.