While states like Florida and Texas have come back to life with crowded music festivals, club nights, and headline shows, New York – an electronic music haven – has been cautious on its way back to nightlife. However, that will soon change with the announcements of major events from Teksupport, an influential Brooklyn-based house and techno organizer, and Avant Gardner, New York's premier electronic music venue.
Avant Gardner recently announced that the venue requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend shows at their sprawling 80,000-square-foot concert complex, which houses three separate event spaces: The Great Hall, The Kings Hall, and The Brooklyn Mirage.
"Under current New York State regulations regarding businesses that gather customers and conduct social gatherings across the state line (e.g., since all attendees are fully vaccinated, in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations "reads a recent Facebook post from Avant Gardner.
The decision to require vaccines for entry became an immediate topic of dismay in the electronic music scene. Many praised the decision and hailed it as a safe and sensible way to resume live music events. Others, however, used social media to express their contempt, complained that negative PCR testing was not enough, or interpreted the security policy as an interference with their personal freedom.
In response to public tensions, Avant Gardner released another social media post that broke the rationale behind the vaccine policy. “Based on current New York State law, for a venue like ours, since we are not a seating arena or a stadium, there is only one option left,” the post said, “as the other option proposed by the state would require us to do that To drastically reduce the capacity to impose separate areas, masks and social distancing in the unvaccinated area, which makes the operation of a standing and dance hall like ours impossible. "
They went on to say that “the decision should either remain closed until these rules are changed and restrictions further lifted, or reopen with what is hopefully a short-term and temporary policy. As New York continues to heal, we are "confident that state restrictions will be relaxed, and we remain confident that we can celebrate with ALL of you this summer."
The Brooklyn venue is gearing up for a high profile summer show schedule with Black Coffee, REZZ, Chris Lake, Louis The Child, Lane 8, Jai Wolf, Sasha and John Digweed.
Teksupport also recently announced a number of Brooklyn Warehouse shows in July featuring some of the biggest names in house and techno like The Martinez Brothers, Bedouin, Dixon, Guy Gerber, and Loco Dice. As with Avant Gardner, Teksupport's events are only open to vaccinated participants.
For massive New York nightlife promoters like Teksupport and Avant Gardner, requesting vaccines appears to be the only surefire way for attendees to reasonably resume live events, the latter explain in their social media posts. Both promoters have closed their doors since March 2020, prioritizing public health and safety over a hasty return to live events that would pale in comparison to their major pre-pandemic concerts.
In complete compliance with local laws that keep live events safe without compromising production and capacity, and spawning some of the greatest artists in the electronic music industry, New York seems poised for a lavish summer.
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