Before you just say ‘no, I don’t want to wear a mask’ no one does if they can help it but we’re living in a pandemic with an exponential rise in cases that are currently on par with November last year (and from what I can fell mainly coming from schools, which is why hospitalisation rates are perhaps lower than with the Kent variant).
Before you say ‘no, I’m happy to take the risk’ remember that a mask stops you spreading the virus much more than it helps prevent you catching it.
I’ve done a little Twitter thread with more thoughts and engaged with some people who quickly descended into calling me a “mask shagger”
I don’t know. Quite clearly it should be masks on probably for the foreseeable I still have late 2023 in my mind from an article I saw at the turn of the year but, at the same time 2 ish hours in a mask has the words “fuck that” bouncing round my head. Which if even a few people think the same probably means venues, artists etc. Are knackered.
Also massive LOL at “mask shagger” fucking idiots.
I sort of feel like I would attend a gig if most people were wearing masks (understandably not everyone can) than I would if no one was wearing a mask or distancing. That just seems dangerous. And even if I might not die with Covid after 2 jabs, there’s still a high chance I could be very sick.
I guess my feeling is that if masks are needed then I might not feel like it’s a safe environment to be in for several hours. My next indoor gig is supposed to be in late September so I guess I’ll see how I feel by then but with things as there are right now I’d prefer to stay away until the rates look less dicey.
Although I think it’s also partly the fear of getting pinged by the app again and told to self-isolate and having to cancel plans for the next 10 days, so if they took that requirement away I might feel better about going somewhere I could potentially come into contact with a positive case.
The alcohol aspect complicates things. The money you pay for the ticket goes to the band and the promoter. A small % might go to the venue, but they rely massively on bar sales to make money. If masks are mandatory then you are basically saying the venue can’t open the bar. If you say people don’t have the wear a mask if they are drinking, that’s the majority of the audience.
If gigs are allowed to return but wearing masks is mandatory, the Govt need to make sure financial support to venues continues, and that won’t happen.
Did you see Andrew Marr who has had 2 jabs caught it at the G7?
The comms around being totally safe hasn’t been there.
A DJ friend was stunned to catch it after her first jab - she was wiped out for a week.
Another guy in his 30s who had first jab ended up in the ICU for a few weeks after catching it - he’s pretty healthy so goes to show how important that second jab is.
Anyway, I’m glad to see my cautiousness is shared by many of you so far. I’ve spoken to a few musicians and they’re more feeling comfortable about performing in the autumn following the mask news earlier.
I don’t think a drinking area would work. People are not going to pop out for 5 minutes during a song they don’t like for a (very) quick pint.
If you don’t drink during gigs then I see absolutely no reason not to continue to wear a mask. But for a lot of people (rightly or wrongly) the gig experience is watching a band with a pint in your hand and having 2 / 3 / 4 pints during the headline set. Those punters are crucial for venues.