But as some nations start to ease restrictions, event organizers are figuring out how to restart the music industry and keep fans safe.
Fans in groups of up to five people are given a platform to watch the show.
A new UK pop-up venue, the Virgin Money Unity Arena, is testing this out. Some 2,500 fans gathered at the outdoor venue Tuesday for what organizers described as the UK’s first socially distanced concert.
Groups of up to five turned out to watch musician Sam Fender from one of 500 raised metal platforms at the the arena in Gosforth Park, Newcastle, northern England.
Several musicians and comedians — including Van Morrison, Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey — will follow suit later in the year in a series of events.
Thousands attended the venue to watch musician Sam Fender on Tuesday.
Distancing is enforced on arrival. Cars are parked two meters apart before patrons are guided to their own platformed private viewing areas, while food and drink can be ordered beforehand or via an app for collection or delivery.
Helen Page, group brand and marketing director at Virgin Money, commented: “We are delighted to play a part in bringing back live music events as we start to emerge from lockdown,” according to PA Media news agency.
“This feels like a unique opportunity to celebrate music and all the wonderful emotions that come with experiencing it live alongside other music fans,” she added.
Concerts and nightlife that we were used to before the pandemic could still be a long way off.