What Will Live Music Look Like in 2021?

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Between venues shuttering and festivals facing major postponements, the pandemic has certainly changed how we experience live music. While 2021 seemed like the light at the end of the concert-less tunnel months ago, things are looking dicey again. In the United States and Europe, big-name artists have cancelled (rescheduled) tour legs, and businesses, like concert venues, remain in a state of limbo.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the music and entertainment industries were among the first to grind to a halt, leaving countless promoters, booking agents, venues and musicians out of work. While the COVID-19 vaccines are offering some assurance that, one day, we’ll be social creatures again, the timeline remains unclear. After all, being in large crowds — something that so defined the exciting, energetic concert-going experience — feels frightening these days. So, we’re asking the questions: When can we hope to see the return of live music — and what will musical performances look like during 2021?