The Salt Lake City Arts Council has ordered concertgoers to provide proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 negative test in order to attend the Sept. 18 performance of St. Vincent at the Gallivan Center as part of the Twilight Concert series.
Ticket provider 24Tix sent attendees an email on Friday stating that they are only allowed to enter the venue if they have a negative rapid antigen, PCR or other COVID-19 within 48 hours of the concert. Have test with date and time stamp. Participants can also present their vaccination card or a copy of it.
The email stated that health and safety measures will only be in place for St. Vincent’s appearance in the Twilight Concert Series at the Gallivan Center, although at least three shows in the Ogden Twilight Concert Series have the same requirements.
The notification from the ticket providers states that participants will be informed in good time if the requirements for other performances in the series are updated.
The Twilight Series will feature Neon Trees on Thursday September 2 and Lake Street Dive on September 24 at the Gallivan Center.
“We support these inquiries to ensure that our tour bands can continue to tour safely so that our music community and economy can recover stably,” said the email.
The email was sent earlier this week to people who have purchased tickets to see the Ogden Twilight Concert Series. A vaccination record or negative test is required for Louis the Child on Saturday, Spoon on September 3rd, and Grouplove on September 25th. The message to the attendees of the Spoon concert must also be tested within 48 hours of the show, while the concertgoers of Louis the Child and Grouplove can take the test within 72 hours of the performance.
Evidence of vaccination or a negative test can be provided digitally or in paper form.
Children under the age of 12 and those with medical reasons preventing vaccination will also need to show a negative test, according to the email.
St. Vincent is the fourth musician to appear in Salt Lake City in the 2021 Twilight Concert Series, with Big Boi performing on August 19th and Thundercat on August 26th.
Will Sartain, owner of Arts Council-affiliated concert production company S&S Presents, said the decision was a joint decision between the artists’ management teams, S&S Presents and the Arts Council.
Sartain noted that LIVE Nation and AEG Live have implemented similar health and safety policies across the country.
“Our shared mission is to support the work of artists while keeping communities safe,” Sartain said in an email. “When we have a request from a promoter, artist or management team, we will work to support it.
The Arts Council and S&S Presents monitor broadcast data and local and national health regulations as they adhere to their health and safety guidelines, Sartain said. The status of any event could change, Sartain added, and S&S Presents is trying to give concert goers early notice of the shows they have paid for.
He noted that the concerts are held outdoors with a reduced capacity to facilitate a return to live music. Staff will have to be vaccinated and wear masks during concerts, and hand disinfection stations have been set up in all venues, Sartain said.
According to Sartain, none of the other shows in the concert series will have a vaccination certificate or a negative test obligation at this time.
On August 20, Counting Crows canceled a concert at Red Butte Garden because Utah law does not allow the venue to require viewers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.