The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on life as we know it. With lockdowns, ongoing restrictions and social adjustments in place, many of us may be wondering when we can start to see our favourite bands and performers live again. Although current restrictions have put a halt on the music industry that we are all so used to, with plenty of music festival and gig cancellations happening throughout 2020, we will be able to catch a gig or even a festival in the near future. So, when are music events and festivals going to start again in Australia? Take a look below to find out.
Don’t hold your breath
Although we are all super eager to catch our favourite performers live, the current Covid-19 restrictions in place in Australia tell us that we won’t be able to go out to a gig or a big-scale festival quite yet. Throughout the year, fan favourite festivals like Splendour in the Grass, Groovin the Moo and Fomo Festival were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As restrictions are still in place around the country and vary from state to state, there still may be a bit of time before we can catch our favourite acts in the flesh. With many festivals and concerts still in place for next year, there is still a glimmer of hope that our chances to see live music are just around the corner.
Music events and festivals may look a bit different
With social distancing and venue capacity restrictions in place, some places are getting creative when it comes to hosting live music. Some artists and venues have turned to online streaming events, where bands and performers can play for their fans in an online capacity. This allows us to still catch our favourite performers while adhering to restrictions within the comfort of our own homes. In states with slightly eased restrictions, some venues have had concerts and gigs with restricted capacity, so we can still hear live music while out, it may just be a little different to what we’re used to. There have even been drive through concerts and festivals this year, where attendees can park up in their car and listen to their favourite acts, as well as socially distanced concerts, where attendees are required to socially distance from other patrons. These events also pride themselves on adhering to additional measures such as contactless ticketing, food delivery and hand sanitiser readily available.
When will music events and festivals be back to normal?
In short, there is no definite answer for when music events and festivals as we know them will be back to what we are used to. As many bands, performers and festivals reschedule and postpone for 2021, it does give us hope that we will be able to dance along to our favourite live acts in the very near future. For now, we all need to stay safe, support our favourite performers and get ready to catch them live hopefully in the next few months!