As 2021 begins and the vaccine starts to roll out, people are excited to get back to a “normal” way of living. One big thing that was truly missed over the last year was concerts. Due to social distancing laws and practices, most concerts and music festivals ended up cancelling. However, that bred innovation such as concerts via live stream, drive-in concerts and socially distanced concerts where music lovers were confined to a section of a venue with their group. Here are some things you should be on the lookout for when it comes to music festivals in 2021.
A lot of notifications (for your safety, obviously)
During the pandemic, we saw many notifications coming from local businesses and government programs warning customers and the community about health guidelines and outbreaks. Be on the lookout for the same thing, you may get multiple emails and texts warning not to participate in festivities if you are feeling flu-like symptoms, as well as potential notifications after the event if there was a positive case or outbreak at the event.
Testing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
No, I am not joking; some festivals may test you for COVID-19 when you are lining up to enter. With the roll-out of testing equipment that allows quicker results, you can expect some more significant festivals to test attendees in line. If your test is negative, you may enter, but if it is positive, you may be barred from attending the event. For smaller festivals, you should expect temperature scanners at the gate. Upon entering, you may be given PPE like masks and even wrist bands that alert you if you are not socially distancing. Lastly, you should expect not only water stations, but sanitation stations around the venue to keep cleanliness levels to the highest of standards.
Higher ticket prices
Music festival tickets can cost a pretty penny, but as festivals start to come back this year, they may be more expensive than usual. Many factors will drive ticket prices higher, like supplying staff with PPE and organizers having to pay more for event insurance. One thing that definitely will cause an increase in ticket prices is decreased ticket availability. Government policies may put a cap on the amount of people that can attend per day. Ticket prices can rise to offset the cost of throwing the event. In the end, it may be beneficial since attendees may be more serious about their health if they pay more for their ticket.
Music festivals will be back in some capacity next year, but will have a whole new look. You may even see opportunities to buy online tickets and watch from the comfort of your own home; however, you’ll be missing out on the enticing atmosphere that comes with live music. The interesting part of all of this is waiting to see the differences between each music festival’s ways of handling new restrictions and policies.
If you’re interested in buying tickets to a festival this year, Osheaga 2021 is already selling passes with big headliners like Cardi B, Post Malone and Foo Fighters.