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18.12.2020, Words by Billy Ward

Primavera Sound successfully trial live music event with rapid Covid-19 testing

The 15-minute testing service allows events to go ahead without social distancing

Primavera Sound have hailed a successful trial while investigating the possibility of hosting live music events without social distancing measures in place.

The event, called PRIMACOV, was hosted by Primavera Sound alongside the Hospital Germans Trias in Barcelona and the Fight AIDS and Infectious Diseases Foundations.

A total of 1,042 attended a concert with local DJs at the 1,608 capacity Sala Apolo venue in Barcelona, on Saturday December 12.

Rapid Covid-19 tests that deliver results in 15 minutes took place before attendees were granted entry, with everyone required to return a negative test before being allowed into the event. When Swallow Events launched their 15-minute testing service back in November, they stated it was going to be “a complete game changer” in getting the events industry up and running again.

In a statement, the PRIMACOV team have claimed the trail was a success, saying: “That was, precisely, the objective of this study: to validate these kind of tests as an extremely useful tool to be able to carry out any type of event, whether musical or not, without social distancing.”

London venue 100 Club is piloting a new ventilation system next month that’s designed to wipe out 99.99% of dangerous airborne pathogens within buildings, including the coronavirus.

After an end-of-year report revealed that the live events industry lost over $30 billion in 2020, these developments are important for the survival of the sector going into the new year.

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