Borderland Adopts Fully Vaccinated / Negative Covid-19 Testing Protocols | Music
The Borderland Music + Arts Festival, scheduled for September 18-19 at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, has joined a growing list of venues, concerts and festivals that will require a full vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test for the entrance.
As has been the case with recent large-scale concerts in the region – Dead and Company’s full show Wednesday at the Darien Lake Amphitheater, Thursday’s Wilco and Sleater-Kinney show at Artpark, and an August 20 appearance of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, also at Artpark, among them. – the adoption of these protocols came at the request of the artists. The newly announced Phoebe Bridgers show slated for Artpark on September 15 is adopting a fully vaccinated admission policy, at Bridgers’ request.
Artists and venues have decided that using an honor system for patrons is too risky and instead take responsibility for slowing the spread of Covid-19.
Borderland’s Day Two headliner, alternative country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and his band, the 400 Unit, have adopted a fully vaccinated / negative Covid-19 testing policy for all of his shows, leaving producers of the festival, no choice but to comply if they wished to keep in place the programming that had won over ticket buyers.
“This is the world we live in right now and it quickly became the norm for concerts and festivals,” said Jennifer Brazill, owner and co-founder of Borderland.
“We’re not the only site in western New York that has these requirements. No one wants to make these decisions – I certainly don’t want to be. But when your headlining artist says they won’t perform at your festival without protocols in place, you’re bound to look at the big picture.