Slowly, and not always as surely as our industry would like, the live music industry is opening up again after its Covid-19 shutdowns.

In Japan, the 10,000-person limit for large-scale events including concerts has been eased: venues can now have up to 50% of their capacity.

Meanwhile, in South Korea, a roadmap has been published for the current restrictions on public gatherings and spaces to be eased over the next three months, including upping the limit on concerts to 500 vaccinated people from this week, then no limits from 13 December.

However, as the Korea Herald explains, the live music industry isn’t entirely happy with the plans, questioning why sports teams can already have 30% capacity crowds in the same stadia where music concerts are still limited to 500 people.

“I am disappointed that the draft version of the road map sounds like the government is blaming K-pop concerts for the ongoing fourth wave of infections, while praising the cultural influence of K-pop idol groups,” said Kim Myung-soo, director of the Korea Entertainment Producers’ Association.

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