Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino has outlined a plan that could mean the return of live music in the near future and his plan just might work.
With the rash of canceled concerts and festivals world-wide, the likes of Live Nation have been champing at the bit to get back to the job of putting on awesome live shows. Initial reports from health officials stated that the return of large scale events could still be 18 months away. But Rapino thinks he has a plan that could rekindle the flame and return us to some semblance of normalcy.
His plan will be rolled out on May 15th in Ft. Smith, Arkansas at the Bishop Gunn concert. Concert goers will purchase “fan pods” which consists of 2-12 assigned seats each 6 feet apart (of course). Sanitation inside the venue will be provided by a third party vendor before and after the show. Everyone in the building NOT singing will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be available for purchase. Beverages will be available but will be pre-packaged and come with a lid. Finally, all restroom facilities will be no-touch.
There is good news. Come fall, if we continue to see a decline in Covid cases and we are spared a second wave, Rapino predicts concert venues to re-open to crowds as big as 5,000. However, large scale events will continue to be postponed until Fall of 2021.
Hey, at least there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
You can read more about socially distant concerts HERE.