The news has already been grim for the 2021 concert scene just one month into the new year. Glastonbury canceled. Coachella canceled. Stagecoach canceled.
Next? SXSW, set for March 16-20, has already announced it’s going online. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been bumped to October from its traditional late April-early May dates.
The die-hards are still holding out hope for a summer that is expected to see many 2020 holdovers take to the road, including Guns N’ Roses, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Celine Dion, and KISS. But there’s skepticism abounding that any of those shows will be able to launch on time, if at all. And given the age of some of the acts, it’s possible that any further delays may mean they will never tour again.
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“We are not writing off summer,” Gensler says. “There’s shows with varying capacities happening now and slated in the next few months, including Allman Betts Band, Billy Strings, Margo Price, Jimmie Allen, Jamey Johnson, Travis Tritt and others.
Gensler points to some encouraging numbers on new coronavirus cases.
“Hopefully. with new cases dropping (34% decrease over the last 14 days, according to the NYT) and increasing vaccinations, we can start ebbing our way back to even mores shows and eventually major festivals.”
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