Leadership / 08.18.21
Phish, Summerfest & Other Artists, Festivals and Venues Enact Vaccination or Negative Test Policies
Pollstar (08/12/21) Speer, Deborah
Many festivals have implemented admission policies requiring attendees to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test. Events including Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Life Is Beautiful, Music Midtown and SoFar Sounds have enacted such safeguards in the wake of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago imposing similar mandates. Many artists, promoters and venues have been announcing their own policies ranging from sweeping to show-by-show, while some artists like Stevie Nicks, Limp Bizkit and Lynyrd Skynyrd have canceled some or all of their upcoming performances due to the latest COVID outbreak. Still others have announced their own policies requiring vaccination or tests for audiences, among them Dead & Company, Phish, Maroon 5, The Killers and Foo Fighters. AEG Presents announced on Aug. 12 a policy requiring the vaccination or test of all event staff and concertgoers across its clubs, theaters and festivals no later than Oct. 1. The policy will be open-ended, with any modifications or reversals informed by updates on infection rates, transmission data, variant developments and local and federal regulations. "We owe it to our employees, patrons, artists and our community to use whatever safety tools we have, and at this point, our greatest measure is to ensure that all those in our venues either prove they've been fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID test that's been taken within 72 hours of the event," said venue operator IMP. "If this is an issue for a ticket buyer, we'll provide them with a refund or a voucher for an upcoming show."
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