Concertgoers must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend the Sept. 18 performance of St. Vincent at the Gallivan Center as part of the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Twilight Concert series.
Ticket provider 24Tix sent an email to attendees Friday stating they will only be allowed inside the venue if they have a negative rapid antigen, PCR, or other COVID-19 test with a date and time stamp within 48 hours of the concert. Attendees can also provide their vaccination card or a copy of it.
The email states that the health and safety measures will only be implemented for St. Vincent’s performance in The Twilight Concert Series at the Gallivan Center, though at least three shows in the Ogden Twilight Concert Series will have the same requirements.
The message from ticket providers says that attendees will be informed in a timely manner if the requirements are updated for other performances in the series.
The Twilight Series will feature Neon Trees on Thursday, Sept. 2 and Lake Street Dive on Sept. 24 at the Gallivan Center.
“We’re supporting these requests to ensure our touring bands can continue to tour safely so that our music community and economy can experience a stable recovery,” the email states.
The email was sent earlier this week to people who purchased tickets to performances in the Ogden Twilight Concert Series. Proof of vaccination or a negative test will be required for Louis the Child on Saturday, Spoon on Sept. 3 and Grouplove on Sept. 25. The message sent to attendees of the Spoon concert will also need to be tested within 48 hours of the show while Louis the Child and Grouplove concert goers can take the test within 72 hours of the performance.
Proof of vaccination or a negative test can be provided digitally or with a hard copy.
Children under 12-years-old and those with medical reasons preventing vaccination will also need to provide a negative test to enter, according to the email.
St. Vincent is the fourth musician to perform in the 2021 Twilight Concert Series in Salt Lake City with Big Boi performing on Aug. 19 and Thundercat performing on Aug. 26.
Will Sartain, owner of the concert production company partnering with the Arts Council called S&S Presents, said that the decision is a collaborative one between the artists’ management teams, S&S Presents and the Arts Council.
Sartain noted that LIVE Nation and AEG Live have instituted similar health and safety guidelines across the country.
“Our collective mission is to support the work of artists, while keeping communities safe,” Sartain said in an email. “If we have a request from a promoter, artist, or management team, we’ll work to support this.”
The Arts Council and S&S Presents are monitoring transmission data and local and national health regulations as they consider their health and safety policies, Sartain said. Any event’s status could change, Sartain added, and S&S presents is trying to inform concertgoers well in advance of the shows they paid to see.
He noted that in order to facilitate a return to live music, the concerts are being held outdoors with reduced capacity. Employees are required to be vaccinated and wear masks during concerts and hand sanitization stations are set up throughout the venues, Sartain said.
None of the other shows in the concert series will have the proof of vaccination or negative test requirement at this time, according to Sartain.
On Aug. 20, Counting Crows canceled a concert at Red Butte Garden because Utah law won’t allow the venue to require audience members to get vaccinated against COVID-19.