“It’s despatched a really unhealthy sign,” Olivier Garnier, a spokesman for Hellfest, considered one of France’s largest occasions, mentioned in a phone interview. Hellfest hosts about 60,000 heavy steel followers annually and its 2021 iteration, scheduled for June, is already bought out.
On Monday, Hellfest sent a three-page letter to Roselyne Bachelot, France’s tradition minister, asking for certainty on whether or not the occasion can happen, and suggesting that the competition may take a look at attendees for the virus upon arrival.
On Tuesday, Bachelot dismissed the concept that testing could be sufficient to permit festivals to happen. “It’s fanciful!’,” she told a French parliamentary committee, including that festivals had been an apparent potential website of transmission with individuals singing, ingesting and dancing collectively.
The image will not be completely downbeat throughout the continent. In Denmark, festivals are making ready to go forward, mentioned Esben Marcher of Dansk Reside, a physique that represents competition organizers, in a phone interview.
“In fact Glastonbury’s information is a giant sign to the remainder of Europe,” he mentioned, “however my sense is that constructing its website is a a lot bigger and longer course of than for others.” Glastonbury takes months to organize its fields to stage the occasion, Marcher mentioned. Danish occasions might be arrange in just a few weeks.
In December, Roskilde, Denmark’s greatest competition scheduled for June, announced rapper Kendrick Lamar as a headliner. Signe Lopdrup, Roskilde’s chief government, mentioned in an e mail that she was “cautiously optimistic” about it going forward.