SA music festival’s ‘Party Pods’ get thumbs up

An outdoor music festival in South Australia has showcased a new idea to help get festivals back on their feet.

Summer Sounds promoters Five Four Entertainment, Groove Events, and Secret Sounds have partnered with Novatech Creative Event Technology and Nexstage to deliver new ‘Party Pods’ for groups of four to six people as a way of ensuring social distancing.

“The Party Pod system is fantastic,” said Novatech’s managing director Leko Novakovic.

“While some people were apprehensive about being ‘penned in’, all doubts were removed after the first weekend. About 80 per cent of the feedback we’ve heard is that this is the way all festivals should be staged from now on, COVID or not. Most people want comfort and luxury, and to be able sit down.”

Novakovic also thanked SA Health and Chief Public Health Office Professor Nicola Spurrier for their support for the project.

“Professor Spurrier came down to see the festival herself, and loved how it was planned and executed,” he said.

“SA Health have been granting special exemptions for artists like Bernard Fanning to travel in from NSW, and we have exemptions covering the rest of the festival. Bernard gave Professor Spurrier a shoutout during her set, and we’ve even had South Australian Premier Steven Marshall talking about Summer Sounds at his media conferences, drumming up support.”