It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since we managed to see any live gigs.

Whether you’re a fan of huge festivals in a muddy field with thousands of other music lovers, or a tiny show with a must-see band, it’s been a long wait. But, hope is in sight after June for gigs to take place in the UK.

A new survey has done research to find out how confident we’re feeling about a return to gigs and festivals.

The research was carried out by Festicket, and questioned 140,000 live music fans in the UK.

79 per cent of those asked would feel comfortable attending a live music event this summer (between June and August).

Some 90 per cent said they would feel confident about attending – if they included gigs in the final four months of 2021.

82 per cent said that they were planning to attend two or more festivals or live events this year.

More than 50 per cent that they would be willing to book tickets for both international and domestic events.

What with Covid, hygiene was of importance to many, unsurprisingly.
Over 58 per cent said they expected extra cleaning and hygiene measures to be in place

70 per cent would feel more confident about attending a live show if a cashless, COVID-secure system was implemented.

“A Shift In Perspective”

Zack Sabban is the CEO at Festicket. He said “it’s clear there has been a shift in perspective in the UK over the past month”.

“Following the Prime Minister’s announcement in February, stories of 2021 events selling out have become common but we wanted to dig a little deeper.”

“Coupling customer opinion with ongoing event partner conversations puts us in a strong position to help the industry bounce back successfully. It’s important that the industry works within all government guidance available. More specifically, listening to your fans is essential and delivering events in the way they now demand is critical for success.”

Caution

Elsewhere, Dr Michael Head is a Senior Research Fellow in Global Health at the University of Southampton. He told NME that people should “be careful that we’re prepared for any new COVID variants that might impact on the vaccine”.

“It is a very real possibility that these variants might emerge and become dominant in the UK and elsewhere to lower the effectiveness of the vaccines that we have.”

“I think that will probably happen at some point anyway. So we will need revised vaccines that act as a booster in the years to come. We’d rather that didn’t happen this year and that we could have a bit of time to prepare.”

He continued: “The threat will still be there. Although a lot of us would have been vaccinated by that point, not all of us will be. The vaccines are not 100 per cent effective. They’re brilliant and are about 80-to-90 per cent effective, but that will still leave a pool of vulnerable people. You can’t eliminate the risks of COVID-19 at these events, but you can reduce them.”

Do you feel confident about gigs?

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