Disruption and Continuity: Covid-19, Live Music, and Cyclic Sociality

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    In this chapter I examine some of the innovative responses to the lockdown that emerged in the early months of the pandemic, with a focus on socially-distanced events, the development of the livestreaming and virtual reality (VR) sector, and the growth of illegal raves . I argue that the latter presage a return in fortunes for the outdoor music festival sector once the Covid-19 restrictions on mass gatherings are over, and place my analysis in relation to what I term “cyclic sociality”, an extension of my prior work into the outdoor music festival sector (Anderton 2019). I also discuss the potential for livestreaming to mature into a parallel industry that is complementary to the venue and event-based live music sector.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearching Live Music
    Subtitle of host publicationGigs, Tours, Concerts and Festivals
    EditorsChris Anderton, Sergio Pisfil
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9780367405038
    ISBN (Print)9780367405007
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2021


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