Live Nation and AEG to enforce vaccine passports at US festivals

US event organiser Live Nation says every one wanting to attend their festivals and venues will have to show proof of full vaccination or a negative coronavirus test from October.

The mandate also includes all artists, crew and attendees, while all Live Nation employees must be vaccinated by that date in order to be permitted access to any of their offices, venues and events, “with limited exceptions as may be required by law”.

“Vaccines are going to be your ticket back to shows, and as of October 4th we will be following the model we developed for Lollapalooza and requiring this for artists, fans and employees at Live Nation venues and festivals everywhere possible in the US,” Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino said.

The announcement follows Lollapalooza in Chicago, where the 400,000 plus festival-goers had to provide proof of a negative test or vaccination status to attend, with 12 per cent saying it was the main reason they got vaccinated.

Concert promoters AEG, who are behind Coachella in California, have also requested all eligible attendees over the age of 12 need be fully vaccinated in order to attend their events.

“Just a few weeks ago, we were optimistic about where our business, and country, were heading,”  said Jay Marciano, COO of AEG and Chairman and CEO of AEG Presents.

“The Delta variant, combined with vaccine hesitancy, is pushing us in the wrong direction again. We realise that some people might look at this as a dramatic step, but it’s the right one. We also are aware that there might be some initial pushback, but I’m confident and hopeful that, at the end of the day, we will be on the right side of history and doing what’s best for artists, fans, and live event workers.”