Lollapalooza Co-Founder Reckons International Music Festivals Won’t Be Back On Til 2022 At Least
Despite many festivals and concerts in Australia and overseas being postponed to next year, the co-founder of major music festival, Lollapalooza, said last week that he reckons those in the US are unlikely to go ahead until 2022.
Speaking on The Bob Lefsetz Podcast via NME, Marc Geiger called the coronavirus testing and government handle of the pandemic situation in the US, a “shit show”. As for the resuming of concerts, he said “in my humble opinion, it’s going to be 2022.”
He continued: “It’s going to take that long before what I call the ‘germaphobia economy’ is slowly killed off and replaced by the ‘claustrophobia economy,’ which is where everybody wants to go out and go out to dinner and have their lives, go to festivals and shows. It’s my instinct, that’s going to take a while because super-spreader events – sports, shows, festivals…aren’t going to do too well when the virus is this present.”
He warned: “The next six months may be more painful than the last six months, and maybe the next six months after that are even more so.”
Again remember this prediction is for large-scale events in the US where the pandemic situation is far worse than it is here in Aus. As of July 19, the US has had over 3.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and close to 138,000 deaths. Australia, meanwhile, has had 11,441 confirmed cases and 118 deaths – though there are some worrying outbreaks hitting Melbourne and Sydney right now.
Last week, Falls Festival announced it was cancelling its Marion Bay leg of the tour, but would still be going ahead with festivals in NSW, WA and VIC.
— Falls Festival (@fallsofficial) July 14, 2020
Also last week, Listen Out officially cancelled its 2020 tour, but promised to return in 2021. Splendour In The Grass has also been cancelled for this year, but has announced a stellar line-up for its rescheduled dates of July 23-25 2021. The Strokes, Gorillaz and Tyler, The Creator will be there. Flume, originally pegged as the headliner for the 2020 Splendour, unfortunately can't make the rescheduled dates.
If your head is a little scrambled, make sure you pop over to WHO.int to get all of your official COVID-19 updates.
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