Needless to say, 2020 was a fairly horrible yr for reside music in Japan, reveals large and small both needed to make main alterations or simply cancel altogether in an effort to assist combat the unfold of COVID-19. However, this example can solely proceed for therefore lengthy earlier than the organizers attain a breaking level.
For instance, after foregoing final yr’s reside occasion, this yr the large-scale summer season music occasion Fuji Rock Festival ’21 at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture declared that the present should go on, regardless of quickly rising an infection charges within the nation.
Major headliners Radwimps and King Gnu, will seem within the three day competition together with an eclectic line-up of artists. Interestingly, scandal-ridden artist Cornelius has withdrawn and also will get replaced on guitar with the band Metafive, and but beforehand scandal-ridden artist Pierre Taki will take the stage this yr with Denki Groove.
One large identify that organizers positively don’t need to seem, nonetheless, is COVID-19, in order that they’re taking a slightly distinctive method at prevention and will ship a free antigen testing equipment to any and all ticket holders who request one.
On Aug 6, emails reached individuals who had bought tickets informing them how you can order the take a look at kits which can arrive by Aug 17, three days earlier than Fuji Rock kicks off. In 2019 there have been 130,000 viewers members, however this yr it was introduced that admission was restricted to permit for social distancing within the out of doors venue, so it’s not clear what number of assessments that might quantity to.
▼ Space is one factor the Naeba venue has going for it.
Everyone is requested to check themselves previous to going to the occasion, and if a optimistic take a look at is discovered then they need to keep residence and get a full refund for his or her ticket. Actually, even when a wholesome ticket holder will get chilly toes and simply doesn’t need to go, Fuji Rock will even give them a full refund.
Negative assessments aren’t required for entry, however temperatures will likely be taken on the gate and anybody over 37.5℃, whatever the purpose, is not going to be allowed in. A full listing of guidelines and safeguards could be seen in Japanese, Chinese, and English on the official Fuji Rock Festival web site.
Many who obtained their emails took to Twitter to specific their appreciation to the organizers Smash for exhibiting a lot consideration and leeway to ticket holders in these unsure instances. However, some are nonetheless uneasy that it’s going to all work out ultimately.
“I hope everyone knows to take the test right before they go and not too early.”
“The results aren’t binding though, so I don’t think I’ll go this year. The risk still seems high.”
“They’ll give a refund even if you already got your wristband!”
“Fuji Rock is amazing. It doesn’t look like they’ll make much profit this year, but they seem to be doing their best.”
“I hope everyone knows Fuji Rock is taking these precautions, because it might otherwise seem like they’re just being reckless.”
“I’m impressed with how thoughtful the organizers are being.”
“I got an email offering a free antigen test. They are really serious about holding the event!”
“I applied for a test, but I still don’t know if I’m going to go or not.”
Time will inform if it’s efficient, however it’s an fascinating tactic. Had Smash simply requested everybody get examined, 99.9 p.c would most likely simply assume they don’t want it and never hassle. But when the take a look at is sitting in the home, there’s little excuse to not do it. On high of that, handing a optimistic outcome to oneself proper earlier than the present provides extra gravity to the state of affairs, making folks much less more likely to attend despite it.
To sweeten the deal of staying residence, Smash can also be going to livestream a few of the performances on the Fuji Rock Festival’s official YouTube channel. This implies that even in case you’re not in Japan you may try the present from the protection and luxury of you own residence.
There’s even time to make your individual Fuji Rock Anywhere equipment to boost the house expertise much more!
Source: J-Cast News, Fuji Rock Festival ’21
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