It has now been over a year since the pandemic took the world by storm and forced businesses of all kinds to shut their doors. Many businesses struggled to stay open during this time. The music industry was one of the many industries that took a major hit. Fortunately, we are inching closer and closer to the end of the pandemic now that a vaccine has been developed, which means concerts are back on. Say goodbye to livestreams and hello to in person shows!
Many of the major festivals such as Lollapalooza in Chicago and Bonnaroo in Tennessee have announced their in person lineups for this year. Unfortunately, we have yet to hear an announcement concerning hometown fave Made in America, which usually occurs during Labor Day weekend. Many venues all over the country have also announced that they will be reopening in the very near future. Because state and city regulations are constantly changing, everything is subject to change. All we can do now is keep our fingers crossed and continue getting vaccinated. Here are some of the venues in Philadelphia that are already open or are planning to open this year.
Union Transfer is currently open and plans to remain open for the time being. To keep everyone safe, they have cut down the capacity by 30%; making the original capacity of 1,200 now fewer than 1,000 guests. Because Union Transfer is an all general admission venue, they will have their stage in the largest room setting which will allow for all guests to have extra space. The venue is also providing hand disinfectant stations throughout the venue as well as upgrading their cleaning supplies. Their first show back will be on August 7th with Japanese Breakfast. The venue has made it clear that if regulations do change, backup dates have been reserved for later in the year.
To date, neither The Fillmore or other Live Nation venues have announced an official reopening. All of the upcoming shows are either getting postponed or cancelled. However, many shows are being scheduled for the end of the year, including Arlo Parks in October. On The Fillmore’s website they do have a Covid-19 safety page, showing the safety protocols they have in place upon reopening. Some of these features include reduced capacity, hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue, and contactless payment.
Wells Fargo Center
As for the largest indoor venue in Philly, the Wells Fargo Center made a huge announcement that they are planning on having full capacity shows starting in the fall of this year. As of right now, the city is allowing 20% capacity at the Wells Fargo Center for sporting events only. The first show planned for the year is Banda MS on September 4th.