With the coronavirus epidemic, the worlds of music and show are going low. It is hard to think that they could soon resume as normal with this health crisis… And yet, there is hope on the horizon. Is the solution quick antigenic tests?
This is what an experiment led in Barcelona tried to show. This Saturday March 27, 2021, 5,000 masked people - tested ahead of the show - were gathered to enjoy a rock test-concert. The goal, according to promoters? "Living with Covid and organizing totally safe concerts". With Love of Lesbian headlining, the clinical experiment took place at the Palau Sant Jordi stadium and results are expected within two weeks.
On Sunday December 20, the festive Spanish city already hosted Primacov’, a test-show curated by Primavera Sound festival in partnership with Barcelona Germans Trias hospital and the Fight AIDS and Infectious Disease Foundation. 1,042 participants were gathered on the occasion in one of the rooms of Nitsa Club, a Barcelona nightclub.
The event took place in the following conditions. At the entrance, each participant has been subjected to an antigenic test, these quick tests now available in French pharmacies. If it turned out negative, the participant was allowed to attend the show without having to comply with social distancing, even though facemask-wearing was still compulsory inside.
Primacov’ has been a success. This is great hope making concerts, nightclubs and overall showbusiness see the light at the end of the tunnel. “That was, precisely, the objective of this study: to validate these kind of tests as an extremely useful tool to be able to carry out any type of event, whether musical or not, without social distancing,” the team behind Primacov’ explained.