How Taiwan became a global outlier for live music, post pandemic

Having surpassed 200 days without any domestically transmitted cases, Taiwan has been enjoying festivals, concerts and pride celebrations.

Ultra festival took place in Taipei last weekend, welcoming some 10,000 fans

As Europe locks down again and the United States breaks daily records for new coronavirus infections, further paralyzing both live-music sectors, China and Taiwan have emerged as global outliers in their ability to safely host concerts for up to tens of thousands of fans.

So while U.S. and European tour schedules for 2021 are riddled with uncertainty, dates in China are filling up fast. “For next year, our calendar of bookings looks like a normal year,” says Adam Wilkes, CEO of AEG Asia, which operates Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena.

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