On Friday, Three 6 Mafia announced the group will be headlining the 1st indoor concert since limitations have been placed on large events and gatherings in the U.S amid the pandemic. On Dec. 11, the rap trio will host the concert in Rupp Arena Lexington, Kentucky but will adhere to social distancing standards.
Tickets are available on Ticketmaster and pods are available for up to four people per pod. Three 6 Mafia confirmed the event had been approved by Kentucky governor Andy Beshear. Project Pat is slated to open the concert bringing the Memphis vibes full circle. The highly influential Memphis rap group, which currently consists of DJ Paul and Juicy J, shared the news on Instagram with a pair of videos.
The nation has been on lockdown since Spring and I know music fans and concert-goers may feel down about restrictions placed on events that host large crowds. Like fans, artists have also suffered from limitations placed on concerts limiting live show revenue. Concerts and tours constitute a great deal of an artist’s income in the digital age and if canceled events spiral into 2021, the effects could be adverse.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has placed a strain on the live music industry leaving artists few options to turn to. State and local governments impose ordinances that may place limitations on venues. For example, a venue that may hold 1,000 people may only be able to hold half of that amount to comply with social distancing guidelines in that city or state. If concerts were to continue amid the pandemic, potential revenue still isn’t fully being generated.
More specifically, Rupp Arena’s capacity is 21,017. The maximum capacity will be limited to 15 percent. That equates to 3,152 staff and attendees permitted to be in attendance. Masks will be required and guests are subject to temperature checks upon entry. Despite COVID-19 precautions, this event is likely to attract hip hop fans who highly anticipate a live music show experience.