Spoon have canceled their US show in Iowa over the state’s ban on proof of vaccination.
The group was to perform at Ioaw’s Des Moines’ Hoyt Sherman Place in September. But they announced via Instagram that the event was canceled. Iowa is one of 20 states in the US that have banned proof of vaccination requirements by businesses or government officials.
“In just two weeks we’ll be heading out for our first run of shows in quite a while,” the statement begins. “It’s one of the greatest parts of being in a band – getting out there and getting to play real music with real instruments in front of real people. We are stoked.”
“Times being what they are, we’ve been working with local promoters to try and provide a safer experience for everyone at our shows by requiring proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to entry. Due to Iowa’s limitations of vaccine mandates, we’re regrettably canceling the Sept 9 Des Moines show.”
“We’re replacing that gig with a show at the Slowdown in Omaha, Nebraska on the same date. We sincerely apologize to ticket holders in Des Moines. Ticket buyers to the Des Moines show, please refer to your point of purchase for refund information. Tickets fo the Slowdown in Omaha on September 9 are on sale now. Details on specific show policies will be messaged to ticket buyers for each show.”
A growing number of US states are requiring full proof of vaccination to attend large-scale events. Bonnaroo and Summerfest are just two following the Lollapalooza model set. “Bonnaroo strongly encourages vaccination,” the festival told media.
People attending outdoor events in Los Angeles County are required to wear masks again. Masks were already required in indoor spaces, but they’re now required for outdoor gatherings like music festivals and concerts unless eating or drinking.
Jason Isbell canceled a tour date in Houston on August 11 for not following his vaccine policy. That policy would only allow attendees with a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination to attend the show. It appears that the 20 states not requiring vaccination mandates may see a reduction in live music concerts very shortly, if the trend keeps up.
Vaccination rates are among some of the lowest in the American Midwest and South.