“We put together a service we hope will help people see what’s going on with the festival they had been planning to visit, and shed a light onto the industry professionals’ income loss, which is no laughing matter.”
Over the past few weeks, the world has been plunged into complete chaos by pandemics and politics and the like, and we as a society have been driven into our homes and other places of residence to wait out this proverbial storm. As we physically distant ourselves from each other, many of our favorite social and cultural activities have been deemed unnecessary in this time of crisis. Broadway musicals, concerts, conventions, musical festivals, and many more gatherings have been cancelled or postponed, and to be honest, a music festival seems like the last place I’d want to be when a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease looms overhead, but I digress. These cancellations and postponements have put a large financial strain on those organizing and working them, but additionally those who have bought tickets, flights, hotel rooms, and other accommodations that they cannot be fully or even partially refunded for. In such a stressful situation, we can only hope that creative solutions to these new problems arise from the pandemonium. Luckily enough for us music lovers, Slovenia-based music data company Viberate has given us just that.
Viberate has put together a comprehensive, daily updated list monitoring over 5,000 festivals worldwide listing which ones have been cancelled or postponed. It’s called Sick Festivals, and it all came from an idea from renowned DJ and co-founder UMEK. Towards the beginning of this epidemic, UMEK began receiving an avalanche of show cancellations. “Just a week ago, I played on the Resistance stage at Ultra in Melbourne and Sydney, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. When I landed back home and turned my phone back on, most of my upcoming gigs had already disappeared from my calendar. That was when I realized how serious this outbreak had become in a matter of days. It feels eerily dystopian. Now it’s up to us to do whatever we can to manage the damage. At Viberate, we quickly put together a service that we hope will help people see what’s going on with the festival they had been planning to visit, and shed a light onto the industry professionals’ income loss, which is no laughing matter.”
Sick Festival’s massive global database of artists, venues, and event staff has helped them to identify 141 cancelled and 185 postponed festivals across the world in the hopes that fans will be made more aware of situations that will not only put a damper on their experience, but those of the artists and organizers as well. With the delay of so many shows, ticket refunds, loss of merch sales, general loss of revenue, loss of artist traction created at shows, and much more are all contributing factors to the hard times coming for industry professionals. An artist's entire living is based off of paid social events and gatherings, and when those aren’t possible, they must find a new way to survive. While Sick Festivals can’t give them their source of income back, it can notify and inform the public about how many shows or potential jobs these artists are losing. So in this uncertain time, the best way to support your favorite artists is to buy merch, donate to Patreon or Onlyfans, buy music, buy albums, and be informed about when their next festival is.
In short, not only is Sick Festivals an incredible source of up to date festival information, it is also a reminder of the uncertain truths of being an artist in the modern age.
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