Corona and Culture

Sela Musa | Features Editor

Music is one of the only things that is indifferent to our differences. It is a culture of haze and lyrical beckoning, of youthful anticipation, of peaks and troughs of happy and sad days. And, like almost everything else affected by this pandemic, the culture is inevitably changing and there is no guarantee it will come back.

Corona has completely wiped out live shows, and they will most likely not be the same when they return. With the ingrained consciousness of the virus, the innocent blissful feeling we go to shows for will no longer be so innocent. Sweating and sticking to strangers turns into social distancing. Singing all your breath into the air turns into sanitising. The simple moment when you feel your optimum happiness as you sing with the artist in front of you has suddenly become very complicated. Granted, in perspective to so many other sacrifices caused by this pandemic, the hit on music may just be background noise for many people. But it is a huge loss for the culture.

The prices of attending shows and festivals, like many other services, cannot really be anticipated. If they increase to account for lost revenue over the last few months, then, again, the culture will change; what was already an expensive luxury to have will become even more exclusive to only those that can afford to go. This means that more people will be forced to pass on some of the best moments of their life. Seeing a favourite artist in the flesh (and then realising that you are seeing them in the flesh), having warm, tacky beer blend into your clammy skin, falling asleep with a continuous ringing in your ears as you reminisce on the night – they really are the best moments for many people. The feeling is unmatched.

Obviously, the culture of live events is not just limited to the music industry. Theatres and sports and so much more will face a very similar shift in atmosphere that we will sadly have to accept. If not, then the alternative is to satisfy with virtually admiring our idols and stars. That might just mean choosing to watch shows and events online instead of attending them, or it may mean drifting off to the lovely lyrics of a favourite song. Anything we can do to feel close to the ones we look up to.

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