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August 10th, 2021
#061

The Shows Must Go On … Right

Today's read...7 minutes

Several festivals are under investigation to determine if the events caused Covid outbreaks, Live Nation celebrates a historic month, and SVOG continues to bring both headaches and head scratches.

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Revenue growth for Q2 of over $500 million
Live Nation has reported revenue growth for Q2 of over $500 million due to the recovery of its concert, ticketing and sponsorship divisions. Because of their record number of on-sales, June was Ticketmaster North America’s fourth best month in history for transacted ticket volume. 

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Live events sector support
The UK Treasury has finally launched a 
£750 million government-backed cancellation insurance scheme
 to support the live events sector. 

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$50 million to live industry 
The Ontario government is giving $50 million to their live industry to aid recovery and help find safe ways to reopen.

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Visa-free touring
Musicians and performers in the UK will now be able to do visa-free short-term touring in 19 of the EU member states.

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I Lost My Gig survey
Several sectors of the festival industry are still taking hits. According to the Australian I Lost My Gig survey, 23,000 shows were cancelled during July, losing around $16 million per week. The Dutch government will only allow one-day shows with a maximum of 750 people this summer. The Delta variant has postponed Norway’s economic reopening and effectively cancelled more festivals (paywall).

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DaBaby's controversial comments
In addition to the previously announced cancellations at Lollapalooza, Day N Vegas, and Governors Ball, DaBaby has also been dropped from iHeartRadio, Austin City Limits, Parklife, and multiple other festivals due to his controversial comments.

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⅕ of the venues
Almost ⅕ of the venues that applied for the 
Shutter Venue Application
 were denied, but many are unsure why. 

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Holding festivals despite cases rising
Some US cities are trying to make decisions on how to proceed. Two street festivals in Chicago have been cancelled. Live music in New Orleans in the near future is facing uncertainty with new safety requirements and concerns. Jazz Fest officially cancels 2021. Health officials in Michigan are not advising against holding festivals in the west side of the state despite cases rising.

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Festival season pushing to continue 
With cancellations, postponements, travel restrictions, and safety precautions, this festival season is pushing to continue its return, but the weather, lineups, and venues are looking a bit different this year. 

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Tips and resources for musicians 
Spotify for Artists has shared some tips and resources for musicians starting to tour again.

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New numbers…

More events continue to share their infection rate results. 2,279 people who attended Spain’s Cruïlla, Vida, and Canet Rock festivals tested positive, a rate 76% more than the control group cases (paywall). Meanwhile, Suffolk’s Latitude festival has identified only 20 of 40,000 attendees to be infected. Serbia’s EXIT Festival has shown no increase in cases locally or nationally following their event (paywall).

Lollapalooza continues to be a topic of conversation. Mayor Lightfoot and Dr. Allison Arwady, the city’s health commissioner, have both offered their reassurance that the festival was not a ‘super-spreader’ event due to the safety requirements for guests. However, other officials believe that it was a ‘recipe for disaster’ and attendees should be getting tested.

This video of people waving quickly through the vaccine check is causing some uneasiness. There are also investigations into Oregon’s Pendleton Whisky Music Fest and Michigan’s Faster Horses Festival for potentially causing breakouts.

So now we need proof…

Because of the concerns over the Delta variant, vaccine and mask requirements are popping up again. Starting September 13, New York City will require proof of vaccination from staff and customers for some indoor gatherings like restaurants, entertainment venues, and gyms. Dubbed the ‘Key to NYC,’ people can either present their vaccine card or upload it to the Excelsior Pass.

The theatres of the Broadway League and Sundance 2022 will similarly mandate the vaccine for attendance. As well as requiring their employees, Live Nation has announced that artists can require a vaccine or negative test for their tour shows. Several venues and touring artists, such as Japanese Breakfast, have implemented this rule.

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Festival updates

  • (San Bernardino, California) Attendees of the Hard Summer festival can receive their vaccine for free on site during the event.

  •  (Virtual) Fortnite will welcome Ariana Grande for its Rift Tour in-game concert this month (paywall).

  •  (Glasgow, Scotland) Up to 50,000 people per day will be welcome to attend the country’s biggest festival, Glasgow’s Trnsmt, this September (paywall).

  •  (Miami, Florida) The 2022 Days of Summer Cruise Fest will be headlined by Lil Baby and hosted by DJ Khaled. 

  •  (Indio, California) Aside from Frank Ocean being announced for 2023, Travis Scott and Rage Against the Machine will be returning for Coachella 2022.

Tour updates

  •  Tyler, The Creator announced a North American tour with Kali Uchis, Vince Staples, and Teezo Touchdown. 

  •  Fall Out Boy has dropped out of two shows on their Hella Mega tour with Green Day and Weezer due to someone on their crew testing positive for COVID-19.

  •  After his next two shows, Garth Brooks plans to reassess continuing his tour due to rising concerns over the delta variant.

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This week's spotlight is on ... Norm Ruth 

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After reading all the wonderful Spotlights in BOH of good friends and the accomplishments they have achieved in their careers, I thought it would be great to see my mentor highlighted. My dad, Norm Ruth, not only has taught me how to do my job but also raised me in the music scene. As a lifelong fan of music, I was surrounded by music from my first show at 6 months in a stroller. I would watch him when I was a chile in the garage/play room engraving plaques and showing me how to use all the tools that I now use every day onsite. When Deluxe Design grew, many opportunities to work in music was seized. When my dad was offered the role to do signage for Rothbury in 2008, he took his creativity and ingenuity for problem solving to create On Site Sign Ops giving a much-needed relief to a growing festival and event industry. He always taught me to have the right tool for the job, something passed on by his father. With that in mind we approached signage as turn-key. Aiming to rely on ourselves as much as possible. This reputation for being the go-to solution for signage and his approachable persona allowed Norm to gain friends in many parts of the music world. Thank you, Dad, for giving me all the tools I need to be successful in the music industry.
 
Submitted by Jeru

Do you know an event processional deserving of a spotlight? Email hey@bohlive.com to nominate today!

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The Myths and Realities of Event Budgets Post COVID
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