While Local Promoters Suffer, Big Boys Benefit From COVID-19

While Local Promoters Suffer, Big Boys Benefit From COVID-19

Just when we thought the return to some form of normality was imminent, the G7 weekender happened. 

Ever since we’ve seen a spike in COVID-19 cases, local organisers have been left with no choice but to cancel their events. 

Local promoters have taken on the responsibility to safeguard their party goers by postponing events. However the ‘big boys’ such as BPM, Rhythm + Waves, Escape to the Island and Mi Casa are still going ahead with their plans.

Despite the sacrifices and losses made by local organisers, international events continue to heavily promote their parties. 

Why should local organisers be the only ones to carry the load of this pandemic? 

On doing the right thing

Given the current situation all local promoters have paused their events for the time being. Among these are G7, Sound Salon, Glitch Series, Holi Festival and a bunch more. All organisers have released public announcements, stating that the safety of their fans, artists and teams are of utmost importance. 

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Latest COVID Standards:

The recent standards for mass events in Malta has made it even harder for local events to kick off again. 

Local managers and DJ’s in the business have expressed their discontent with the latest measures

Tigullio’s manager Danka, has stated that, due to the new procedures the club will not be able to hold more than fifty people within the rooms.  

‘’Having people in a group of ten maximum is possible, only if you don’t have DJs, a vibe and ten security guards checking around. With no DJ and no vibe it is not possible to make money, pay rent, security and have things running. All the events are canceled because nobody wants to take responsibility. One photo online with more than ten people is enough for the media to attack and you can lose your licence.’’ 

DJ’s have also added comments to the current situation. 

‘’One cannot comprehend how difficult it is to organise a festival! Months of hard work and loads of hours spent coming up with new ideas require a level of dedication, only to be forced to cancel the festival on the same day it was meant to start!’’  – Felix Zahra 

Too good to be true? 

Despite pressure from the public, BPM, Rhythm + Waves, Escape to the Island and Mi Casa are still set to take place.

As these international events keep promoting Malta as a clubbing hot spot, there still seems to be little recognition for artists within the local scene. 

The big business owners behind the upcoming international events seem to be taking advantage of the situation in Malta. Whilst at the same time not bothering with any of the potential repercussions that could occur. 

Do you think BPM, Rhythm + Waves, Escape to the Island and Mi Casa should still take place this September?