Chancellor Kurz's announcement that there will be no public events in Austria in June has forced the cancellation of Nova Rock 2020
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The one-day pilot event, organised by Barracuda, successfully demonstrated that live events can safely take place in Austria during the pandemic
By IQ on 07 Oct 2021
Austrian promoter Barracuda says that only one Covid-19 case could be linked to Nova Rock Encore, a one-day pilot event that was organised to demonstrate that live events can safely take place in Austria.
The one-off festival was organised in response to the cancellation of Barracuda’s FM4 Frequency Festival by order of the district administration.
Nova Rock Encore was based on Barracuda’s flagship festival, Nova Rock, which was also cancelled in March this year.
The pilot event took place on 11 September at the Wiener Neustadt stadium (cap. 10,000) and saw 15,000 attendees enjoy performances from Seiler & Speer, Parov Stelar, Bullet For My Valentine, Måneskin and more.
Of the 15,000 attendees, contract tracing attributed just one Covid-19 infection to the festival, according to the organisers.
Two ticketholders reported a positive PCR result in advance of the event and, therefore, did not attend.
“For months we have been working to create perfect prevention concepts and to organise a festival trusted by all sides”
According to data from the festival, the vast majority (86%) of Nova Rock Encore attendees had been vaccinated and 14% were tested in advance. One hundred and eighty visitors opted to get vaccinated at the vaccination bus on the day of the event.
Ewald Tatar, managing director of CTS Eventim-backed Barracuda, said the results were what he expected.
“For months we have been working at full speed, not only to create perfect prevention concepts but also to organise a festival that has been trusted by all sides and which has also become a great success and a guide to the cultural future of our country,” says Tatar.
“Thanks to everyone who collaborated, to the artists, to the experts, the city of Wiener Neustadt with its esteemed mayor, to all the crews and many more. With the Nova Rock Encore, something great was achieved in a very short time and with maximum commitment. One can and must be proud of that,” he concludes.
Nova Rock will return to Pannonia Fields in Nickelsdorf between 9–12 June 2022 with headliners Muse, Foo Fights, Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch.
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