As some of you may know, EXIT Festival took place last week. This was a big deal because it was the largest music event since the start of the pandemic. This was the perfect occasion to see if the world is ready to go back to normal again.
A scientific study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the “Safe Events Serbia” security protocol, which was rigorously applied at the EXIT Festival. Obviously, the goal was also to evaluate the spread of the virus under these conditions. A total of 345 attendees were divided into two groups. Group 1 was vaccinated and Group 2 entered the festival with a negative test. They were tested before entering the festival, from July 8 to 10, and only one person was positive. The testing was repeated after seven days, from July 15 to 17, and the results are very good. In both groups, not one person tested positive for Covid-19.
EXIT Festival founder and CEO Dušan Kovačević said the results of the study speak for themselves. He thinks the live events sector has been “treated unfairly in the past”. He also added that there are “no longer any arguments and justifications that can allow gatherings at sporting events, in cafes or shopping malls, and not at concerts and festivals”.
The research is possibly the first to be done on a mass music event attended by tens of thousands of people. These results are expected to be one of the key arguments in the struggle to bring back major events worldwide.