Jacob Yanosick | staff writer
The hiatus of concerts is coming to an end, with venues reopening and artists returning to tour life, with Pittsburgh being no exception. The major venues of the area such as Stage AE, PPG Paints Arena and The Pavilion at Star Lake have all become active again in announcing new dates of many major artists and shows. Although, with new shows brings up the question that has become regular in today’s world: how to do it safely in an ongoing pandemic.
Both Stage AE and The Pavilion at Star Lake have announced their entry guidelines — both of which are already in effect, but will become stricter starting next month.
Stage AE requires either a photo or copy of a full vaccination card or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours, both along with a photo ID. After Oct. 1st, this changes to only allowing fully vaccinated people to attend concerts. According to their website, promowestlive.com/pittsburgh, “The message we want to send is simple and clear: the only way to be as safe as possible is to require everyone to be vaccinated.”
The Pavilion at Star Lake has currently adopted a more relaxed policy. The venue has been announcing policies on a show-to-show basis, which appears to be the same as Stage AE’s current policy – proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. However, since this policy is only being announced on a show-to-show basis, it isn’t clear how much this is being enforced. The venue has announced a universal policy that goes into effect after Oct. 4th, where they require either full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours.
Sophomore political science major Robbie Zurawsky said he thinks the precautions should be “at the discretion of each venue.”
“The venues should still consider the CDC guidelines, but a majority are vaccinated. Go out if you’re comfortable and stay home if you’re sick.”
With these new restrictions in place, the venues have spared no time in announcing a plentiful lineup of artists across all genres that are performing in the upcoming months.
9-30 – Don Toliver
10-3 – Madeon
10-12 – $uicideboy$
10-22 – Angels & Airwaves
10-24 – Kevin Gates
10-25 – Porter Robinson
11-10 – Gary Clark Jr.
11-21 – Chevelle
PPG Paints Arena:
9-17 – Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour
9-25 – Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour
10-9 – Eric Church
10-14 – Harry Styles
Pavilion at Star Lake:
9-28 – NF
10-1 – Zac Brown Band
10-6 – Jonas Brothers
10-9 – Lil Baby w/ Lil Durk