Paul Williams of Leadfoot Productions performs at VFW Post # 39 in St. Petersburg, Fla. On June 26 with performances by Teenage Bottlerocket, MakeWar and Rutterkin.
In an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Williams instituted a price of $ 18 per ticket for those who have been fully vaccinated and $ 999.99 for those who have not.
“We’re just trying to make a show safe,” Williams said. WFTS. “And they should go out and get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and their community. “
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently said that people living in Florida have the right to be vaccinated or not and that “no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision.”
That said, knowing that he couldn’t force anyone who was unvaccinated not to attend the show, Williams came up with the idea for the one-time ticket price.
Talk to ABC News, he added: “I also wanted it to be a vaccine drive to get the guards out of the fence. I wanted kids who want to go to shows to come out and have their picture taken. “
So far, there has been no taker for the $ 1,000 tickets, but Williams said if anyone bought one they would be “treated like everyone else.”
While the response to his ticketing policy has been “overwhelmingly positive” for the most part, Williams said he has received a number of spam calls from anti-vaxxers. “Caring about people’s safety is apparently very bad,” he added.
Ray Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket, one of the groups on the lineup, agrees with the policy, saying WFTS: “We are all vaccinated. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated so we can see you in the pit. “
Brittney Wigen, local punk fan, said, “I understand what they’re doing. I think it’s very nice of them, but it’s just not fair… I think it’s terrible because not everyone can get the shot. I can’t because I’ve had COVID too recently.
You can purchase $ 18 or $ 1000 tickets for the show here.