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The upside of COVID-format gigs? Better stage presence from musicians



Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart’s 2019 gigs were nowhere near COVID-safe. Photo: Jack Gruber.

I hate musicals. They cost too much, they’re way too earnest and, for the most part, you’re sitting in the dark in silence.

Mosh pits, on the other hand, are ridden with sweat, filth, beer and self-loathing. Absolutely divine.

And with gigs now being reimagined as sitdown shows in a bid to keep the live music industry COVID-safe, I’m worried that this is what live music will soon become – sit-down affairs with polite clapping and the occasional call of “encore, encore”.

This is why the charisma and stage presence of musicians is now more important than ever. It has always been something local and emerging musicians have needed to make a gig…

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