Futureheads gig postponement highlights yet another hurdle ‘Sage Live 2020’ faces in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Sunderland post-punk four piece Futureheads, have recently announced that their upcoming live show from the Sage Gateshead has had to be postponed. The postponement has been confirmed to be as a result of a band member recently contracting Covid-19.
In a post on the bands Instagram, Futureheads stated: “Really disappointed to say that we’re having to postpone our Sage Gateshead live stream show until early 2021 due to one of the band needing to self-isolate.”
The show was seemingly highly anticipated due to the rare, acoustic nature it was set to be performed in. However, ticket holders for the event have been informed to hold on to their tickets due to anticipation of a rescheduled performance to go ahead at some point next year that is yet to be arranged.
This announcement came following an earlier November announcement that stated the show was to be delivered in the form of an online livestream to audiences at home, instead of an in-person socially distanced live performance. This November rearrangement was also down to Covid-19 related circumstances as it was a result of changes to national restrictions that prevented the mixing of households in an indoor environment.
The exclusive livestreamed acoustic performance was set to go ahead on the 5th of December as part of a series of shows put on by the Sage called ‘Sage live 2020’. This series of shows was originally planned to be a schedule of twice weekly, socially distanced, live, and in-person performances running from the 23rd of October through to December. This project came as a response to Covid-19 restrictions and as an effort to minimalize the disruption and financial damage to the live music scene they have created.
However, following the tightening of such restrictions in light of England’s second national lockdown, the Sage was forced to announce that all future performances would be in the form of a livestream until further notice. In an effort to maintain the goal of financial stability however audiences would be charged at a reduced rate to a regular ticket price to access the online livestream.
In addition to the rescheduling and reformatting of ‘Sage live 2020’ shows, Sage Gateshead has responded to the impact of Covid-19 on the North East music industry by launching a campaign called ‘A Future for Live Music in the North East’.
Part of this campaign includes a Crisis, Recovery and Renaissance Fundraising Campaign with a target of three million pounds. This three million pounds is reportedly, according to the Sage Gateshead official website, the estimated amount that the Sage Gateshead is estimated to lose financially from the varying impacts of Covid 19. Approximately 700,000 pounds of the three million pound target has been raised so far, according to the data graphic below that’s taken from the Sage official website.
You can donate and find out more about this campaign here.
By Josephine Canham.
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