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The Future of Concerts: Ways to Experience Shows During COVID-19

Everyone is anticipating the return of shows, but there is no telling what the future of concerts could look like, not until we find a solution to the problem of a global pandemic. Although the solution suggests that it is going to take a while, we still have the power of technology and innovative ideas that will attempt to bring back that experience. Nothing will come close to the experience of being at a live show with crowds but here are some ways that help bring that experience back:


1. Live Streaming

Live streaming has become more popularized within the last year, especially during COVID-19. People had a lot more time and wanted to continue prioritizing social distancing. Content creators such as Ninja, have successfully started an entirely new classification of entertainment and careers through live streaming video games with platforms such as Twitch and YouTube. With the rise of live video game streaming comes a diverse flock of other content creators to utilize the platform. Creators ranging from DJs, DIYers, storytellers, trade workers, politics, and so much more.


Now we have whole festivals moving all their performances online. Tomorrowland was one of the biggest, most innovative festivals, with more than 50 artists. Big artists such as Katy Perry, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, David Guetta, and more! It included 3D built stages for live performances, DJ workshops, webinars, and games.



2. Virtual Reality

With the invention of VR, there are infinite possibilities to utilizing it, especially once it has been commercialized for the public through products such as the Oculus and the HTC Vive. More shows have been made available to immerse yourself in a virtual world.



3. Drive-In Concerts

This has been attempted and the outcome varies based on location. The United States clearly isn’t ready for something like this considering the multiple failed attempts. Arizona has held a couple of drive-in events but considering AZ became a national hotspot for the virus, it is safe to say that it was NOT successful.

The Chainsmokers stirred up a lot of angry people when a video of them performing at a drive-in charity event in the Hamptons went viral. In the video, a large crowd is seen gathering in front of the stage, disregarding social distancing.


An example of a SUCCESSFUL drive-in show would be for a Danish artist, Mads Langer. The show was controlled, safe, and all-around a positive experience according to the show-goers.


Overall, it suggests that to have a successful show, it all comes down to how strict and controlled the environment is, how compliant people are to rules, and how much people prioritize their health. If not, the curve will not flatten, and concerts will continue to delay coming back.


As we continue to battle through this pandemic, new inventions and ideas are bound to come out of this. Whether through live streaming, virtual reality, or drive-in concerts, we are all in this together and we will continue to bring back the love for live performances.




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