Primavera Sound Successfully Hold Covid-Safe Trial Event

Primavera Sound Successfully Hold Covid-Safe Trial Event


Having teamed up with the AIDS and Infectious Diseases Foundation and the University Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, revered Barcelona festival organisers Primavera Sound have published the results of their successful trial event, held at nightclub and music venue Sala Apolo in mid-December.

The event made use of rapid testing to offer same-day screening to all of the participants, who had all previously signed confirmations that they had not been diagnosed with the virus in the last 14 days, had no pre-existing conditions, and were not mixing with other individuals (i.e. in households).

The results of the 'PRIMA-CoV' study have shown that no one who attended the show tested positive in the follow up screening, demonstrating no increased risk of infection. 

On the night, 463 people attended the 5-hour concert at the venue, which saw performances from two bands and two DJs, while 496 participants did not attend the show to act as the control group. Once in the venue, there were no social distancing measures in place, with dancing and singing permitted, however masks were given to each attendee to wear throughout the night (to be removed only when drinking), directional crowd-flow was managed with floor markings, and measures were implemented to avoid queueing at toilets and on entrance.

While it's still noticeably different from the live music experience we all know from before the pandemic, the study is an important step in demonstrating the ways in which events can return, and crucially in a post-event questionnaire, attendees said that "they enjoyed the performance, and that they had behaved perfectly normally without feeling under the scrutiny of security controls".

And since the release of the findings, one of the doctors in charge of the pilot event has told Access All Areas that he sees no reason why it cannot be rolled out to festivals.

"Yes, the test can potentially be used at any event," said Dr. Josep Maria Llibre. "It could, and should, be used in schools, concerts, or any events that involve the gathering of a high number of people. Outdoor activities are safer, as you say, and events where people are sitting are safer as well."

See the full report on the Primavera Sound website.


See our Primavera Sound 2021 guide for more information about the festival

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