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The Countdown To Concerts After COVID

To think about thousands gathered in an arena screaming the lyrics of their favorite artist sounds so unrealistic at the moment, but also quite magical. For many, concerts are an escape from reality. It can be surreal experience to see your favorite artist in person and scream with so many others the lyrics of a […]

To think about thousands gathered in an arena screaming the lyrics of their favorite artist sounds so unrealistic at the moment, but also quite magical. For many, concerts are an escape from reality. It can be surreal experience to see your favorite artist in person and scream with so many others the lyrics of a song you’ve had on repeat for years.

With thousands of artists having to cancel tours, the live music industry has been completely put on pause. Venues, performers, and agents have been significantly impacted. But many artists have gotten creative. While we await the return of live music, Billboard has created a page dedicated to upcoming virtual concerts fans can attend.

Lindsey Monahan (‘21) egularly enjoyed going to concerts with friends before the pandemic. She anticipates going to another concert when able. “I will be filled with so much adrenaline and excitement,” she says of her first concert back.

I can only imagine the energy in the room during the first few months of concerts being allowed again. To increase safety, concerts have to implement precautions and will most likely be at a much smaller capacity and mostly outdoors.

After staying as socially distanced and avoiding crowds at all costs for so long, a lot of people may not feel comfortable attending concerts at first. However, Lindsey would attend concerts “as soon as possible if they are socially distanced and with masks.” However, she doesn’t think it’ll be realistic for another year or so.

Depending on how fast and available vaccinations arrivle will also greatly affect the ability to have concerts. Liz Cotillo (‘21) has a unique perspective having already been vaccinated.

“I would feel comfortable attending concerts right when they open up because I’ve been fully vaccinated. I would like to have that experience again as soon as possible because music, especially concerts, are therapy for me,” she says. “However, if I wasn’t vaccinated, I would probably wait a few months just to make sure I’m safe because I wouldn’t want to risk getting anyone sick.”

Tyler Valerio (‘21) would frequently go to random concerts at Ace of Spades even if he didn’t know the artist super well.

“Having a couple hours to just listen to good music with friends and be disconnected from the world was so nice,” he says. “It’s probably one of the things I miss most”

Like Lindsey, Tyler is eager to return to activities like concerts. “As things begin returning to normal, hopefully concerts will begin ASAP.”

It will be interesting to see how artists navigate tours given some have released multiple albums since being able to last tour. For example, Taylor Swift released her seventh album, Lover, in August of 2019. She was scheduled to tour this album summer of 2020 but that obviously wasn’t possible. With her newfound free time, she released two other albums over the course of the pandemic. When concerts are possible again, it will be interesting to see if she picks up with her cancelled tour or attempts to combine all albums into one show.

The Weeknd recently announced tour dates starting in August of 2022, optimistic venues will be open by then. Knowing that one of my favorite artists at least has a scheduled concert in the future gives me a glimpse of hope into life after COVID.

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