Organizers hoping to move forward with upcoming events, concerts, festivals

With decreasing COVID-19 metrics and increasing vaccinations, organizers are hoping to host events in the Triangle during the coming months but nothing is for certain.

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MICHAEL PERCHICK: As streets sat silent in 2020 and venues vacant, the hope is that increasing vaccinations and decreasing COVID-19 metrics will allow some large-scale gatherings to take place soon.

JENNIFER MARTIN: We are finding that vendors are wanting to come back. They're wanting to participate. They're wanting to get out again, have the opportunity to sell some things. To have an opportunity to connect with people again and try and bring in some income for their business and support their families.

MICHAEL PERCHICK: Jennifer Martin is the director of Brewgaloo, an outdoor event along Fayetteville Street that typically holds 40,000 to 50,000 people. It's scheduled for mid-June, though it will likely look different this year, with pods of 50 people in time limits, in hopes of complying with capacity restrictions and safety protocols.

JENNIFER MARTIN: We're thinking very creatively, strategically of how to still have this in June.

MICHAEL PERCHICK: About six weeks later comes GalaxyCon, a four-day event at the Raleigh Convention Center.

MICHAEL BRODER: You're looking at 80% of our fans want to do it, want to go back to a show.

MICHAEL PERCHICK: GalaxyCon President Michael Broder knows that amount isn't realistic this year, but says he needs at least 33% capacity to move forward.

MICHAEL BRODER: The talent has to feel like they're gonna meet a certain amount of fans, otherwise why are they getting on a plane and traveling across the country?


MICHAEL BRODER: Last month, Governor Cooper loosening restrictions, allowing outdoor venues to operate at 30% capacity and indoor venues that hold 5,000 or more people to operate at 15% capacity.

Over at Red Hat Amphitheater, tickets for upcoming shows are available, but general manager, Kerry Painter, says they would likely need 80% to 85% capacity for it to be worthwhile for artists.

KERRY PAINTER: You can't afford to pay the artists and the trucks and the lighting people and all the equipment and all the staffing to do it. So, most of the things that we have in spring we hope will happen, but we also might be able to move them to fall.

MICHAEL PERCHICK: Scheduling can be tricky as artists and tours navigate travel and different restrictions in each state. That's why it's important that you closely look at the details regarding refunds before buying your tickets.

I'm Michael Perchick, ABC11 Eyewitness News.