“Festivals promote a fundamental sense of community that’s essential to the human experience.”
Who doesn’t love spending time outdoors enjoying a summer festival – and, nothing says festival fun like gathering your tribe after a year of lockdowns and social distancing. While 2021 has brought with it plenty of unknowns, people everywhere are clamoring for some summer fun, ready to welcome festivals and concerts into their lives once again – but, where does one go to find a festival in today’s Covid climate?
Major music festivals like Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach have cancelled for a second year. Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas and High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA have been pushed forward to the latter part of 2021 pending state mandates.
According to event organizers, the pandemic decimated festivals and live music concerts in 2020, with many popular annual venues cancelled until 2022. A number of larger festivals, events and concerts have either been cancelled or pushed forward due to the logistics of organizing large-scale events amid Covid-19 safety precautions.
People across the US and all around the globe are coming to terms with the realities of the new normal and how this impacts festival goers in a social setting. While there are signs that some festivals and music concerts are making a comeback in 2021, one thing is certain, most festivals will be experienced quite differently.
Local Community Festivals may provide the key?
Everyone seems to agree that getting people back into local venues is important for their economies. Encouraging attendance at smaller, local festival events before considering mass events makes sense; however, reasoning with local officials is often another story.
The good news is that some states are relaxing restriction due to public pressure and several states are now permitting outdoor festivals. Erring on the side of caution, this still means that there will be huge adjustments across the board, in order for festivals to go forward – and, it’s bound to be controversial.
With different states moving in seemingly different directions, there seems to be a bifurcation happening between those who are ready to let the good times roll again and, those who believe that permitting big gatherings too early will only lead to further lockdowns and compromise the effectiveness of vaccines by allowing it to spread among partially vaccinated communities.
Celebrating Summer Festivals on Private Land
It seems that people everywhere are at a choice point. How likely would you be to attend a festival event if a vaccine passport were required?
There are those among us free-thinking spirits, who are ready to spread joy, claiming that joy is a healthy virus that boosts, what’s called our herd immunity. Typically, this crowd is against taking mandated vaccines and would mostly be opposed to a vaccine passport requirement. Celebrating with your tribe on private land might be one way to avoid some of the social-distancing controversy.
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