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Live performances: Survival is a tough act for concert industry

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A socially distanced audience watching Singapore band Riot !n Magenta at the Esplanade's Baybeats Backstage Experience.
A socially distanced audience watching Singapore band Riot !n Magenta at the Esplanade's Baybeats Backstage Experience.PHOTO: ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY

Live performances in Singapore may be starting to see small audiences, but a return to pre-pandemic levels for the concert industry is still a long way away.

Currently, only two zones of 50 audience members each are allowed at performances in selected indoor live venues. Not all venues can have live shows.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 08, 2020, with the headline 'Live performances: Survival is a tough act for concert industry'. Subscribe