Last week, leading club owners and promoters came together to discuss the future of clubbing and club events. The conversation took place during a panel curated by Unsound festival and co-hosted by Mixmag.
Representatives of the club community based in America, Europe and Asia gave their insight on the road ahead for clubbing and club events in the face of COVID-19.
Titled Survival Mode: Clubs, Live Music and COVID-19, the panel hosted Tresor founder Dimitri Hegemann, Dtekk from Poland's FOMO KLUB, Ria Katz of New York's Quo Vadis Productions and Knockdown Center, Glasgow promoter Sarra Wild, Shimpei Kaiho of WWWβ in Tokyo) and Gareth Williams, head of Club ALL in Shanghai. It was moderated by Mixmag contributor, music journalist and agent Lisa Blanning.
"The COVID-19 pandemic poses an existential threat to live events and clubbing. While it’s possible to envision concerts in a socially-distanced era, what do restrictions mean for durational club events where mingling, bodies and close-contact are key? If club events are again taking place in certain countries – both legally and unofficially – what guidelines need to be enforced to mitigate risk? And has the pandemic created any upsides for the events industry?"
The discussion is part of a series of online panels that are a precursor to this year's edition of Unsound, which will take place online instead of its spiritual home of Krakow in Poland.
Watch the panel below: