Jason Isbell’s concert in Texas on Wednesday was canceled due to his assurance that attendees were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The Grammy-winning musician previously shared via his record label on August 6 that he would require those who attend his concerts to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours .
The star noted that he believed the return to the show after a year of uncertainty caused by the pandemic had been ‘cathartic’, but feared these health and safety measures at his concerts would send the country back to the box. departure and live artists back in confinement.
“It has been a truly cathartic and joyful experience to see people come back to the shows, and we are committed to doing everything in our power to keep the crowds safe during this time”, the statement reads.
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The singer was scheduled to perform with the group 400 Unit at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Wednesday in the Houston area, but his Southeastern Records announcement that the show would be canceled after the venue was unwilling to comply with the artist’s updated health and safety standards.
However, in a statement released on behalf of the venue, he noted that he supported Isbell’s decision to require his participants to prove their vaccine status or show a negative COVID-19 test. However, his problem was with the timing of the new health and safety directives.
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“We’re all on the same page here and we agree with what Jason Isbell would like to implement, but there is a timing issue,” the statement said. “Implementing a major policy change as requested will take longer than we have. ”
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It is not known whether the venue was unable to implement the necessary infrastructure to monitor spectator immunization status or whether it was concerned that it would not be able to give ticket holders sufficient notice to take a test. within 72 hours.
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Either way, Isbell called the place’s statement ” faux On Twitter and noted that Live Nation, the ticket promoter, informed the venue of the situation weeks ago and claims to have “categorically refused to implement the policy.”