The double vaccination rate among UK concertgoers is substantially higher than in the country’s general population, according to a new report by Music Venue Trust (MVT).
More than three-quarters (76.3%) of people attending live music events in the UK were fully vaccinated, while just 61.3% of the general population received two jabs, it found at the time of data collection.
Furthermore, almost all UK concertgoers (91.6%) will have been fully vaccinated by the end of September if they complete their vaccination programme – again, substantially higher than predicted for the general population (77.9%).
According to the report, these statistics aren’t a coincidence; 91.3% of attendees had chosen to take an additional personal precaution such as double vaccination, testing or immunity to support their safety.
Despite a high vaccination rate among concertgoers, only 2.1% of live music fans wanted to see certified double vaccination as the sole mandatory condition of entry and 8.9% wanted to see mandatory certification of health status as a condition of entry to grassroots music venues.
ONLY 2.1% OF LIVE MUSIC FANS WANTED TO SEE CERTIFIED DOUBLE VACCINATION AS THE SOLE MANDATORY CONDITION OF ENTRY
A mix of mandatory certification options, displaying vaccination, testing or immunity, was more strongly supported by live music fans.
The findings are from a series of surveys and data collection exercises conducted by MVT during the first month of the full capacity reopening of grassroots music venues in the UK.
The audience survey recorded answers from 1,891 people who normally attended live music events prior to the Covid crisis.
While 221 grassroots music venues took part in a survey about the precautions they had taken around opening and the attendance at their events.
And 100 grassroots music venues were selected as representative of the sector, with case rates and transmission rates in their locality mapped to explore if the full capacity reopening of grassroots music venues had a discernible impact on local case rates.
IN THE LOCAL AREAS AROUND A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF 100 GRASSROOTS MUSIC VENUES, COVID-19 CASE RATES DECLINED BY 39%
Notably, in the local areas around a representative sample of 100 grassroots music venues, Covid-19 case rates declined by 39%.
“The response from venues, artists and audiences to the Covid threat has been incredible,” says Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust.
“These survey results clearly demonstrate a will by the live music community to create safe spaces, to take personal responsibility for ourselves and each other, and to act to Reopen Every Venue Safely. It is particularly striking that local case and transmission rates around grassroots music venues, far from exponentially increasing as was predicted, have, in reality, exceeded the decline in rates witnessed nationally.”
Other findings from MVT’s report include:
- 86% of grassroots music venues are currently open and trading with a live music offer, equating to 817 venues, delivering over 13,000 shows in the last four weeks, to a total capacity audience in excess of two million people.
- 67.5% of grassroots music venues report that their advance ticket sales are down compared to their pre-Covid-19 advance ticket sales.
- 61.7% of grassroots music venues report that their turn up on the night (advanced sales and walk-up) is down compared to their pre-Covid-19 turn up on the night.
- 52.1% of grassroots music venues report that their bar take is down compared to their pre-Covid-19 bar take.
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