Covid-19 Global Dance Music Update
Where the Covid-19 Global Dance Music currently stands.
While some countries are still in strict lockdown, other countries are easing up on restrictions as they make slow, calculated, and safe moves in restarting their economies. So what does that mean for the hard hit dance music industry?
Here’s an update of what’s happening in the global dance music scene:
South Korean clubs are reopening:
With newly reported cases of COVID-19 falling to just 8, South Korea started to relax restrictions for spaces like clubs, churches, and sports venues- albeit with strict health and safety policies, including restricted capacity and guidelines for entry (no mask, no entry.)
Berlin record stores reopen:
As lockdown in Germany eases, popular record stores like Cinthie’s Elevate, Bikini Waxx and Melting Point are reopening this week, albeit with strict social distancing measures and limited operating times as the country takes small steps towards normality.
Stranded in Paradise:
With the good, comes the not so great, as 30-50 festivalgoers are STILL stranded on the site of Tribal Gathering festival in Panama- which ended 15 March.
Check out this mini documentary Vice did on the situation.
Local is lekker
Here in South Africa we are still under strict lockdown, with the events/festival industry still a long way from opening up. However, there is some good news.
The dance music industry is uniting and raising money for the underprivileged.
DreamStream, the digital festival that took place over the weekend, has raised over R450 000 towards helping the industry. The 3-day virtual festival included streams from 33 of SA’s finest DJs who provided the beats for us all to boogey the weekend away while contributing to helping feed those most affected in the industry.
DJ Zinhle and Oskido also joined forces for a mix on Legendlive, with donations going to the Corona Care organization.
GoodLuck hosted a livestream concert on Saturday, with 20% of ticket proceeds going towards community feeding projects like ‘Uber Feeds,’ who help feed up to 1000 people per day.
South Africa has some of the strictest lockdown policies in the world, with countless citizens suffering from the economic loss COVID-19 has caused.
It’s just wonderful to see everyone come together and help where they can.
All in all, Covid-19 Global Dance Music is standing together in our isolation, and as uncertain as the future seems right now, all we can do is support each other and the industry we love.