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Trial gig shows live music must have packed houses to survive

Take a seat: Standing was banned at the trial show PICTURE: CORINNE CUMMING/REX

A SOCIALLY distanced trial gig ‘did not succeed’ in creating a viable blueprint for the return of live music, said organisers.

Singer Frank Turner played to just 200 fans — less than 20 per cent of the Clapham Grand’s usual 1,250-capacity. Standing was banned and drinks were brought to audience members’ tables for the pilot show, which followed strict government guidelines.

But while it was ‘great’ to see customers return ‘it can’t be the future for live music’, said Ally Wolf, manager at the south-west London theatre.

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The trial proved it was not ‘financially viable’ for venues to put on shows amid the pandemic, he added.

He also called on the government to top up the £1.57billion support package for the arts to help smaller venues survive the Covid crisis.

I Still Believe singer Turner, 38, said safety restrictions had made the ‘energy exchange with the crowd harder to slip into’.