While we are at containment number 3, whose new certificate has caused a lot of reaction on the networks, here is finally good news in times of the Covid-19 pandemic. A test concert in the midst of a health crisis should be carried out in France. 5,000 people are expected to meet on May 29, 2021, for a test concert at theAccorHotels Arena (ex-Bercy) in Paris, according to The Parisian. In total, 5,000 spectators who have tested negative for the coronavirus will be able to attend the show. These 5,000 participants will have to wear masks and stay up, “while 2,500 others will remain outside “.
A test concert seen as “a national priority” by the government
This project called Ambition Live Again was proposed in an open letter to the President of the French Republic. Emmanuel Macron. It is the Prodiss (the union of the main producers of shows) and the AP-HP Hôpitaux de Paris which will organize this test concert, “under the aegis of the Ministry of Health “.
The Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot had also confirmed this Friday, April 23, 2021, to BFMTV, that “of course it would take place”. “We are in the process of releasing the funding” she had specified: “the operation is extremely expensive: 900,000 euros”.
This test concert would have been declared a national priority by the government, as explained by Marie Sabot, member of Prodiss and of the organizing team of the event: “The green light is only a matter of days, I hope, since the government has made it a national priority“.
It will be a concert by the Indochine group
This is the group Indochina who will be on stage. Indochina “will be the only formation present whereas it was initially envisaged to bring together several artists” the media said. Nicola Sirkis, leader of the French group, explained to AFP: “We want to do it to help the whole profession, to demonstrate, as in Barcelona, Amsterdam, that going to a concert is not risky. We are waiting for the signal from the authorities”.
Concerts and festivals could resume quickly
Yes, because several European countries have already successfully launched test concerts. Spain, for example, organized a test concert for 400 people in Barcelona, and no one was infected. All remained negative for the coronavirus after the event. Marie Sabot has also indicated that “the results in Barcelona, made with great scientific finesse, are even better than what we thought”.
In France, if this test concert is also successful, that is to say if the participants do not catch Covid-19, then “producers will be able to consider relaunching large standing concerts at the start of the school year”, in September 2021. And Marie Sabot hopes that “the great standing concerts and festivals” can resume “even before everyone is vaccinated”.