- 20 Jul 20
Marc Geiger says it's possible that live music won't return – at least in the way we're accustomed to – until 2022.
Speaking on the Bob Lefsetz Podcast on Friday, Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger said that he believes large festival events and concerts – what he called "super spreaders" of the Coronavirus pandemic – will not return in full capacity until the COVID-19 pandemic is fully under control.
When asked about the fate of the live music industry, Geiger responded: “In my humble opinion, it’s going to be 2022.
“It’s going to take that long before, what I call, the germaphobic economy is slowly killed off and replaced by the claustrophobia economy – that’s when people want to get out and go out to dinner and have their lives, go to festivals and shows," Geiger continued, warning that “the next six months may be more painful than the last six months, and maybe the next six months after that are even more so.”
“It’s my instinct, that’s going to take a while because super-spreader events – sports, shows, festivals…aren’t going to do too well when the virus is this present.”
These comments come after the British government injected a lump sum into a fund to help save the live music industry, after a letter from the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign was signed by over 1500 artists.
Here in Ireland, our own artists are campaigning to save the venues they love through the #WeAreTheSupportAct campaign and Songs From An Empty Room, a concert series filmed in five different venues around the country, in aid of the Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) Hardship Fund. That concert series will be live streamed from the RTÉ Player on Saturday, July 25th.