Throughout 2020, we have all seen huge changes to the world as we know it. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced businesses to close, required physical distancing measures and also caused lockdowns throughout cities, states and even countries. With ongoing restrictions in place, the events and entertainment industry has taken a huge hit, as many venues are unable to host their usual number of attendees, if any at all. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the industry has had to get creative to make sure it can still keep doing its thing for its many fans across the country and the globe. So, what are some interesting and unusual ways the events industry has adapted to stay alive during the Covid-19 pandemic? Take a look below to find out.
Turning to online streaming events
As venues from small bars to huge stadiums have been unable to operate while adhering to physical distancing measures, many of them have turned to the online world to keep their fans happy. Huge stars including Sam Smith, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, HAIM and Glass Animals have streamed, or will live stream, online performances, where fans can experience their tunes in a completely new way. Even theatre companies such as the National Theatre are offering their new program, National Theatre at Home, where theatre buffs can enjoy their favourite classics and new productions all from the comfort of their own couch. The best part? These productions are completely free for you to watch. Even the iconic theatre hit Hamilton has become available to stream at home for the first time ever, with Disney Plus users able to access the show via the streaming service.
Live music fans can still enjoy live concerts from their favourite bands and performers, they may just look a little bit different to what we are used to. Across the country, music venues are offering drive-in concerts for a variety of performers, where attendees can pull up in their car and enjoy live music while parked up behind the wheel. Think of it like a classic drive in cinema but with live acts! Although these drive-in concerts have been more popular overseas, Australia has seen some drive-in concerts, including Casey Donovan’s drive-in concert in Sydney and the upcoming Blues in the Bush drive-in concert held just outside of Brisbane. At these events, attendees can tune up their radio to hear the music more clearly, similar to a drive-in theatre, or even watch via Zoom if offered by the event.
Operating at reduced capacity
For some areas where restrictions have eased slightly, venues have been able to operate at a reduced capacity, so concert-goers can still get their live entertainment fix. This includes venues from small bars who host gigs to big stadiums, such as sporting grounds, that are able to operate at a reduced capacity. These venues also pride themselves on offering contactless options, such as contactless tickets and payments, to ensure attendees are kept safe.