For the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic, there was a big pop concert in Barcelona with 5,000 spectators on Saturday evening. The performance of the indie pop band Love of Lesbians in the multi-purpose hall “Palau de Sant Jordi”, which was designed for up to 24,000 guests, had pilot character and was officially approved. The aim was to test whether such large events can be safe despite Corona with sufficient precautionary measures.
“Welcome to one of the most moving concerts of our lives”, the Love of Lesbians singer Santi Balmes greeted the crowd. The evening was definitely a great success for the fans. “It was great, actually even better than before Corona, because everyone was so incredibly happy and exuberant because they could finally be in a concert again. Many danced and sang along under the mask, ”Rubén Casado told the German Press Agency. “Hopefully there will be more such events soon,” added the 48-year-old.
Before and during the concert, strict protective measures were in place, which were monitored by a team of doctors. All spectators had to take a quick test on Saturday in one of three special test centers between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Only 6 of the 5,000 tests were positive, wrote the newspaper “La Vanguardia”.
According to the organizers, only registered visitors between the ages of 18 and 65 who had a newer smartphone were allowed in to download a program for the test result. In addition, the viewers had to consent to their data being compared with that of the health authorities.
There were separate entrances, bar areas and sanitary facilities for each of the three zones in the spectator area. The spectators were not allowed to move from one zone to the other. The organizers emphasized that particularly strong ventilation had been provided.
Shortly before Christmas, there was a concert by pop singer Raphael in Madrid, also with around 5,000 participants, but without scientific support. The audience had to sit and keep their distance.