Hard Lines Drawn for Vaccination Requirements

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Will we be taking rocket ships to festivals in the future? Plus, “Britain’s Fyre Fest” leaves fans out in the mud, and new vaccination requirements are popping up everyday. 

Fans spent around $111 each to stand in the rainThe UK’s Metrofest, an R&B and hip-hop festival held on August 8, is being called “Britain’s Fyre Festival.” Fans spent around $111 each to stand in the rain for hours, just for headliners Mya, Eve, Blackstreet and Tony Touch to pull out of their performances. 

Supplemental grants The Small Business Association just announced that they will be accepting more applications for their Shuttered Venue Operators Grant through August 20 and will be offering supplemental grants later this month. Check out this SVOG explorer to see where the $16 billion of aid has gone so far.  

Vaccine requirements for their employeesOak View Group has shared updated plans for COVID-19 safety for their buildings, which include improved ventilation and sanitation, as well as vaccine requirements for their employees, sub-contractors, and vendors.

ACL cancellation petitionNearly 2000 people have signed a Change.org petition to cancel the Austin City Limits festival, slated for October.

First festival in spaceTo the moon? With the rapidly growing success of the Rolling Loud event and brand, co-founder Matt Zingler, looks to “be the first festival in space.” 

35 out of 74,000 fansOut of the 74,000 fans at Garth Brooks’ Kansas City concert, only 35 opted to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine at the venue. It is unknown, however, how many attendees were already vaccinated.

Recreational marijuana sales higher than ever beforeBecause of the massive number of out-of-state visitors, Lollapalooza drove recreational marijuana sales in the state higher than ever before.

Lyte client list growsNewport Folk Festival has joined the list of events (including Life Is Beautiful, Pitchfork Music Festival, Under The Big Sky, Riot Fest, and Baja Beach Fest) to work with Lyte ticketing platform to prevent scalping.

6,000-person livestream venueThe popularity of livestream events continues. A new 6000-person livestream venue from Live Nation, called YouTube Theatre, has just opened in Hollywood Park California. Separately, Kanye West’s Donda listening party on Apple Music drew a record 5.4 million viewers (paywall).

Raising awareness for addiction and recoveryMusic for a cause: Recover Out Loud, a concert raising awareness for addiction and recovery, will feature performances from Macklemore, KT Tunstall, and more. Additionally, Global Citizen Live has announced their lineups for their New York, Paris, and Lagos events.

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 Superfly is seeking a temporary project-based Creative Producer to lead their creative team.

 In Nashville, Tennessee, Live Nation is looking for a full-time Marketing Director in charge of all advertising and marketing for their Emporium Presents. 

 The Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis is hiring a full-time Front of House Manager responsible for event planning, supervising, and leading the front of house staff during Orchestra programs, rental events, and other sponsored activities. 

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 The John Gore Organization in Louisville, Kentucky is looking to fill their Regional Ticketing Manager position to oversee the ticketing operations for all Broadway Across America Midwest markets, which includes Louisville, Indianapolis, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Kansas City.

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Varying Degrees of Vaccine RequirementsAEG just announced that starting October 1, they will be requiring proof of vaccination for everyone at their festivals and venues. A negative test will not be accepted. Lollapalooza not a super-spreader, but outbreak at Watershed led Live Nation to switch course. Previously allowing artists to decide, Live Nation updated their policy and, starting October 4, will now require all fans, artists, and crews to have either proof of vaccination or a negative test. Both companies, however, will require full-time staff in the US to be fully vaccinated when they return to work (paywall). Though not free from infections, health officials in Chicago have found ‘no evidence’ that Lollapalooza was a super spreader event, providing support for the effectiveness of proof of vaccine or negative test requirement. 

More events and artists have hopped on the bandwagon of requiring either a vaccine or a negative test including…   Milwaukee’s Summerfest, slated for several weekends next month.  Bonnaroo, which is taking place over Labor Day weekend. They will also require masks in indoor spaces. Mempho Music Festival, set for October 1-3. Louisville’s Louder Than Life, set for September 23-26. Treefort Music Fest in Boise. Danny Wimmer Presents festivals. All of Washington D.C. promoter, I.M.P. 's, concerts.  Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage in New York City. A collective of 11 clubs in NashvilleDead & Company’s upcoming tour - only vaccines will be accepted for GA ticketholders, however.  Eagles’ November 5th concert at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena. Upcoming tours of Jason Isbell, Bleachers, Maroon 5, and The Killers, and Phish.

Cancellations on The RiseWith the rise of the Delta variant, more artists are cancelling or postponing their upcoming tours due to safety concerns. 

  Florida’s Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, scheduled for early September, has been moved to next year. Michael Bublé rescheduled several of his dates to later this year. Counting Crows cancelled their Boston show day-of due to someone in their crew testing positive. They also dropped their upcoming show in Ohio.   Having just performed at Lollapalooza, the rest of Limp Bizkit’s August tour dates have been dropped. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s guitarist has tested positive causing four of their upcoming shows to be cancelled.  After recovering from the virus, Reba McEntire is considering her plans to tour soon. Stevie Nicks has dropped all five of her scheduled 2021 performances including BottleRock and Austin City Limits, the latter of which has added Duran Duran and Tyler, the Creator.

This week's spotlight is on ... The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park 🔦

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New venue alert! This San Diego venue is open for business. Features include bay views, seating that allows the venue to be available to the public during non-event times, and environmentally sustainable landscaping.

The New Playbook for In-Person Events

August 24: Event MB and Socio are hosting a webinar, The New Playbook for In-Person Events: Enhancing the Experience while Managing Risk.

VenuesNow Conference 2021

October 21-22: In Seattle, VenuesNow Conference 2021 is a two-day event discussing various sectors of the facility business including technology, operations, sanitization, security, sustainability, tenants & teams, branding & sponsorships, ticketing, concessions, design, financing, bookings & content.

 London’s O2 Arena welcomed Gorillaz as the UK’s first full capacity arena show since the pandemic (paywall)


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