Updated: Live Nation to Require Artists, Crews, Attendees to Show Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Starting 10/4

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Aug. 14 update: Rolling Stone updated this previous report that “Live Nation will require all artists, crew and attendees show proof of full vaccination or a negative test at their venues and upcoming festivals starting October 4th.”

An internal memo obtained by Variety and reported on Friday indicates that Live Nation Entertainment will allow artists to issue mandates that concert attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, in lieu of vaccination, produce a negative test result in order to gain entry to a venue. Because protocols differ on a state-by-state basis, there is a “where permitted by law” clause in the instructions.

This news comes as the music industry attempts to reopen, though rises in cases of the delta variant are throwing a bit of caution in the air as big tours and festivals are set for the coming months.

More, via Variety‘s report:

According to the document, which was obtained by Variety, all of its shows will require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test for entry, and effective October 4, “all employees in the U.S. [must] be vaccinated to enter one of our events, venues or offices – with limited exceptions as may be required by law.” The document was signed by Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino.

And some pertinent details from the memo:


We are working to ensure we are reopening in the best way possible for staff, artists, crew, fans, and communities at large. Our teams have worked together to put new processes in place so that artists doing shows with Live Nation in the U.S. can require all attendees and staff to be fully vaccinated or show a negative test result for entry, where permitted by law. We believe this is a great model, and we have already implemented this successfully at many major shows including Lollapalooza. We know people are eager to return to live events and we hope these measures encourage even more people to get vaccinated. That is the number one thing anyone can do to take care of those around them and we are encouraging as many shows as possible to adopt this model.

Variety’s report also mentions that all Live Nation employees will be required to be vaccinated in order to enter an event, office or venue in the U.S. “with limited exceptions.”

This story comes the same day Rolling Stone‘s Brian Hiatt reported on the spread of COVID transmissions at outdoor music festivals.

Needless to say, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the weeks ahead.


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