Big U.S. festivals and tours are going ahead? Is this a good idea?

Over the weekend, Miami hosted Rolling Loud, attracting somewhere beyond 200,000 people to see acts like A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, and Post Malone. Over in Arlington, Texas, Green Day, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy open the Hella Mega Tour in front of about 40,000 people at Globe Life Theatre. And this weekend is the annual four-day Lollapalooza, which will see attendance top out at 100,000 a day.

Now consider this: Forty-nine of 50 U.S. states are seeing increases in COVID infections. The states with the biggest surges are Florida (35,246 new cases over the last week, good for second place behind tiny Rhode Island) and Texas (21,884) in third. In comparison, Illinois isn’t too bad, but cases have ticked up by 79.3% in the last week for a total of 7,986 new cases. It’s not good.

Few masks were apparent at Rolling Loud and the Hella Mega Tour. Yikes. Lollapalooza has some strict entry protocols, but a lot of that depends on the honour system. Good luck with that.

Organizers sale Lollapalooza will go on. The Hella Mega Tour has no intention of stopping. Anyone else concerned?

Rolling Loud crowd.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Big U.S. festivals and tours are going ahead? Is this a good idea?

  • July 26, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    This is nuts. Living in Thailand, it’s hard to imagine how/why Americans have little patience to work through things. Bonkers.

  • July 28, 2021 at 1:03 am

    I think it’s obvious we’re going to have another wave.


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