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Post-COVID In-person Live Concerts

Arkansas venue TempleLive holds its first post-COVID concert.

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The live music industry has seen an abrupt stop due to the banning of social gatherings globally. After seeing months of inaction, the venue TempleLive at Arkansas held its first live event that is being dubbed the ‘country’s first concert of the social distancing era’ in March. The concert featured singer Travis McCready of the blues-rock band Bishop Gunn.

The event saw more than 200 fans attend from the local areas and around. Various safety measures were taken into strict consideration like – staff checking each guest with an infrared thermometer before entry, stickers and floor markers to ensure social distancing while inside the venue and staff to control bathroom lines. The venue capacity was reduced by 80 percent and the attendees were required to wear face masks while inside the venue. Tickets were sold in blocks to ensure social distancing in seating. 

Although this was an experiment to see if this kind of event is feasible or not, Beatty and Mike Brown the vice president of TempleLive, both asserted that this type of show is not financially sustainable.

References – Rolling Stone

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The event hosted by TempleLive was a glimpse into the possible future of live gigs until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found. There are plenty drawbacks for the same relating to financial and logistical issues - and whether or not such events are sustainable in the long run.


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