Over the past couple of months, as we’ve watched festival after festival get cancelled, it’s been hard to envision a post-COVID world where we were free to gather together en masse and enjoy live music. We’ve seen socially distanced festivals happening in places like The UK, with boxed individual seating booths and even comedians such as Dave Chapelle host comedy nights at his Ohio Farm, but so far nothing large-scale has been offered to Aussie punters… until now.
WA’s Macro Music have unveiled their design for their Good Day Sunshine festival, that could be a model going forward in Australia. The design features segmented seating/standing positions for punters, a rotating stage and huge display screens to make sure that no one misses out on the action. The event will also take place on a larger site to allow for the 2sqm per person rule.
Taking place on October 31st in Busselton, Good Day Sunshine Festival features acts such as John Butler, Xavier Rudd and Josh Pyke who are hardly going to be igniting circle pits amongst the crowd, so it’s yet to be seen whether this model could be rolled out for, say, a Dune Rats gig… Anything that gets the live music industry starting up again is more than OK in our books!
“I would be flattered if this format was to be used by other events in Australia and across the world,” event coordinator Ross Macpherson says. “The sooner we can get large scale live events back up and running, the better for everyone. I am excited to see what innovation comes from this pandemic; it is a great opportunity for some creative thinking from the live music community.”
Check out the virtual design below and head here for Good Day Sunshine tix/info: