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Too Soon to Attend a Festival? Wisconsin Doesn’t Think So

08:00 June 29, 2020
By: Caroline Hebert

Despite health experts' warnings, music promoters in the state of Wisconsin will be hosting the three-day "Herd Immunity" Rock Festival this July 16-18 in the city of Ringle. relays a statement from the festival's promoter on the Q&Z Expo Center Facebook page: "When the lockdown first happened, my first thought was, OK, we can all do 2 weeks, then it went on and on, things were getting cancelled, I started to worry about people not only for this Covid, but mental, physical, financial. As humans, we NEED other human contact."

Only 15 bands will be preforming at the mini-festival. Bands such as static-X, Nonpoint, Dope, Bobaflex, Royal Bliss, and more will be playing on outdoor stages at the Q&Z Expo Center.

"MUSIC in itself is great, but the livestreams, as I am sure you all know, is just not the same, we need LIVE, feel it to the bones, run shivers up your spine MUSIC with people around us," said the Facebook page.

Many bands have already confirmed that they are preforming at the mini-fest by posting on their own Facebook pages.

"So, it is OUR honor to bring you this mini-fest. Let's make it a fun, safe weekend, and let's be kind to each other. Spread the word by sharing the event and invite your friends," the official Facebook post said.

Health officials suggest that festivals and concerts should not return until fall of 2021 or until a vaccine is made available.

However, veteran rocker Sammy Hagar says he'd be willing to "get sick and even die" in order for the concert industry to get going again.

Many are skeptical of this decision, but music-lovers seem eager to get back to the live performances we all miss dearly.

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