If you're a music fan who is really missing the buzz of gigs right now, unfortunately the forecast is looking pretty grim.
Last week, the government issued a ban on mass gatherings of over 5000 people until at least September.
That meant that the Irish summer festival season was pretty much wiped off the calendar for 2020.
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𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗜𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘 𝗙𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗔𝗟 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘 . . Following the Government’s announcement to ban all licenced events over 5,000 capacity until 31st August 2020, it is with a heavy heart that we must confirm that Longitude 2020 will no longer be taking place this summer. While we are obviously devastated that Longitude won’t be going ahead, the health and safety of our fans and staff is paramount and we fully respect the Government’s decision. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the frontline workers currently giving their all to keep us safe. Longitude is nothing without the fans, and we will return better than ever in 2021. Your ticket refund is available from original point of purchase. If you booked online or by phone, Ticketmaster will process your refund directly back to you via your original payment method, which will take up to seven working days to process. Please stay safe everyone. We are all in this together. Look after each other and we can’t wait to see you next year. Love from the Longitude team x #Longitude2020
With that in mind, we thought we'd run a poll to see a) whether people would happily attend a gig with a capacity of less than 5000 people this summer and b) when people would feel comfortable about attending a gig in the future.
More than half of those polled (51%) said that they would not attend a gig this summer, even if the capacity was reduced. 32% said they would happily attend a gig, while 17% said they would consider it - but only if it was outdoors.
Meanwhile, the outlook for what lies ahead seems a little less promising and must prove particularly worrying for promoters and bands who are eager to pick up where they left off.
god I miss gigs so much :( I just want to feel my feet peel off of a sticky dance floor one more time 😭
— JACK SAUNDERS (@jackxsaunders) April 10, 2020
Although numerous events have been rescheduled to later this year, our poll results suggest that a majority of people (44%) would not feel comfortable about going to a gig until a vaccine for Covid-19 is discovered - whenever that may be.
25% say that they would feel comfortable once the government ban is lifted, while 18% said they would happily go to a gig tomorrow, if they could. 13% did not specify a timeframe.
Of course, this poll is far from scientific and is only a small sample of a few hundred entertainment.ie users. Even so, if it's indicative of the general mood regarding live events, we might be waiting a bit longer than expected to see our favourite bands and artists playing live again - at least touring bands and artists. If punters aren't willing to show up, it doesn't make financial sense to put on a gig.
However, it means that whenever things do get back to 'normal', that first gig will be all the more special.