Just when we were pondering when live music was going to come back (and hoping it would be sooner rather than later), two major music festivals in the United States have announced new dates for 2021.
Outside Lands, which traditionally takes places in August in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, will move to Halloween weekend (from October 29 to 31). Festival producers Another Planet Entertainment cited Covid-19 safety measures as the reason for the date change: "The shift in dates allows us to work collectively to determine any new safety measures necessary to implement during the festival weekend." However, the producers did not go into detail about what those measures might mean for music lovers who show up this fall.
Still, the 2021 lineup almost makes us want to throw caution to the wind. Headliners include Tame Impala, The Strokes and Lizzo, with Flo Milli, Kaytranada, J Balvin and Tyler, the Creator rounding out the earlier slots. Tickets are currently on sale, and anyone with 2020 tickets can use them for this year's festival.
Another Planet Entertainment is also moving forward with its Las Vegas-based festival, Life is Beautiful, from September 17 to 19. Three-day tickets are already sold out for the fest which features Billie Eilish, Green Day, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Haim, Illenium, Young Thug and Glass Animals, among others, with single-day tickets set to be released soon. New Covid-19 regulations have not been released for this festival either.
These won't be the first in-person concerts in a post-vaccine world. New Zealand is planning the world’s biggest in-person concert since last March next month. Local band SIX60 will play to a socially-distanced crowd of 50,000 on April 24. Frankly, we’d settle for any lineup at all right now.