463 individuals attended a packed concert as part of a COVID-19 study, and medical professionals have revealed that zero infections resulted from the event.
The Primavera Sound music festival, the Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, and the Fight AIDS and Infectious Diseases Foundation recently unveiled the results of their in-depth COVID-19 study, which occurred on Saturday, December 12th, at the Sala Apolo nightclub in Barcelona, Spain.
A total of 959 individuals – 463 who attended the concert and 496 who did not – participated in the entirety of the “rigorous clinical trial,” and all tested negative for COVID-19 on the day of the event. Also worth noting is that these participants were between the ages of 18 and 59, had no underlying medical conditions, didn’t live with seniors, and hadn’t been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the two weeks preceding the study.
Some 463 of the subjects were randomly selected to enjoy the concert, once again, and each was given “an N95 approved mask at the entrance.” Though the attendees had to keep these masks on for the entirety of the concert – including two DJ sets and two musician performances, for a total of five hours – they didn’t need to socially distance.
Both singing and dancing were allowed, and the concertgoers had to remove their masks when drinking beverages in the bar/lounge area, which has a capacity of 1,600. (Factoring for time spent here, a smoking space that was carefully monitored so as to avoid overcrowding, and restrooms, attendees spent an average of two hours and 40 minutes enjoying live music.)
Lastly, security personnel took “specific measures” to prevent the participants from forming large lines before the entrance, exit, restrooms, and smoking area. Another COVID-19 study, which found that concerts are safe with masks and proper ventilation, also determined that the majority of contact (and transmission risk) occurs outside of the performance room itself.
Building upon the important role that air quality plays in minimizing coronavirus infections in enclosed spaces, this latest trial’s organizers “optimized” ventilation and airflow, in addition to monitoring air quality and temperature throughout the five-hour-long happening.
Eight days after the non-socially distanced study, a second series of novel coronavirus tests showed that zero members of the 463-person experimental group had come down with COVID-19; two of the 496 individuals who participated but didn’t attend the concert tested positive, albeit while exhibiting mild or no symptoms.
In a questionnaire handed out after the second COVID-19 test, the participating music fans said that they enjoyed the gig and didn’t feel as though the implemented safety measures took away from the experience. One of the study’s researchers, Boris Revollo, MD, PhD, noted in a statement: “The list of conditions included in this study are easily reproducible and could be scaled to other events.”
Consequently, the results appear to bode very well for the timetable associated with the return of live music. And needless to say, the point is especially significant for musicians and backstage professionals, as well as the organizers behind EDC Las Vegas, Coachella, Bonnaroo, and other festivals that were canceled in 2020 and are slated to take place later this year.