August 13, 2021
Billboard AEG Presents, AEG's concert and live events sector, released a statement requiring that all fans and staff in attendance of club venues, concert theaters, and festival events provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
Affected AEG concert and event spaces include New York's Webster Hall and Brooklyn Steel, The Roxy and El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, Firefly Music Festival in Dover Delaware, Day N Vegas, Born & Raised Festival in Pryor OK, Buckeye Country Superfest, Stagecoach Country Music Festival and Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Southern California.
AEG joins other concert promotional providers such as Live Nation in increasing health precautions in light of the surge in new cases and deaths in the United States due to the Delta variant of COVID-19 and vaccination reluctance. Several country music venues in Nashville have also updated their requirements regarding COVID-19 safety, including The 5 Spot and City Winery Nashville.
"Just a few weeks ago, we were optimistic about where our business and country were heading. The Delta variant, combined with vaccine hesitancy, is pushing us in the wrong direction again," says Jay Marciano, chief operating officer for AEG and chairman and chief executive AEG Presents. We realize that some people might look at this as a dramatic step, but it's the right one. We also are aware that there might be some initial pushback, but I'm confident and hopeful that, at the end of the day, we will be on the right side of history and doing what's best for artists, fans, and live event workers."
The novel policy will take effect October 1st, providing ample time for unvaccinated ticket holders and staff to get vaccinated at their leisure.
Those who do not wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may also provide a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of a show date at specified locations.
AEG Presents Chief Operating Officer and Chief Counsel Shawn Trell believes that this new vaccination policy will have a "strong impact."
"The message we want to send is simple and clear: the only way to be as safe as possible is to require everyone to be vaccinated. And we're confident that others who haven't been ready to make this full commitment yet will follow our lead."
For more information about shows and events affected by the new requirements, visit https://www.aegpresents.com/.