Summer 2021

We had already taken this into account: summer 2021 wouldn’t have been all roses but, despite the interminable and difficult first six months of the year, it seems that something has restarted in the entertainment sector.

After the experiments carried out this spring in some European cities ( we talked about it in our previous article: summer re-openings) to understand if we could return to the dancefloor safely and following various festivals scheduled for the current month in Great Britain, the situation today is no longer as uncertain as a few months ago but not as beautiful as hoped.

Summer began a few days ago and the vaccination campaigns are proceeding at the speed of light but, unfortunately, the viral load of Covid, shows no sign of wanting to be eradicated once and for all.

Let’s try to understand how the various countries of the world have organized themselves to make the night-life work at full capacity.


Clubs re-opening is currently at risk despite the hypothesis of re-opening them within the first ten days of July with specific rules to be respected.
The idea was to allow only outdoor clubs to re-open and entry would be allowed only to those in possession of one of the three green pass certifications: vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative test carried out 48 hours earlier.
Maximum capacity would be reduced to 50%, including employees and anyone with a body temperature above 37.5 degrees wouldn’t have been able to enter.

With these modalities, Musica Riccione made a musical experiment entitled “The vibe is on”. From 9 pm to 5 am on Saturday June 19th, 3000 people with green passes (or tested negative) were able to dance again to the notes of an artist of the caliber of Sven Vath.

Another historic nightclub for the summer nightlife in Italy, Cocoricò, created a crowdfunding campaign to be able to start again definitively in October.

Finally, there are beaches such as Papeete or Samsara which, always in compliance with current regulations, have resumed their activities at full capacity.

For September, Nameless Music Festival’s lineup has already been announced, which will be held from the 9th to the 12th, contagions permitting.


The clubs have already opened but with set times and very strict rules.
For pubs and clubs it’s in fact mandatory to close at 3 AM in Madrid and at 3:30 AM in Catalonia, while in the Balearic and Canary Islands you can dance (strictly outdoors) until 2 AM.
This is why Ibizan entertainment destinations such as Ushuaïa or Hard Rock Hotel this year had to sponsor their facilities mainly as a luxury holiday destination and no longer as outdoor clubs with world-famous DJs.


July 9th is the date set for the re-opening of the nightclubs only to those in possession of the green pass. The mask is no longer mandatory but strongly recommended.

United Kingdom

Unfortunately, this is the country with the most Delta variant infections where most of the population only received the first dose of the vaccine. This is why all events scheduled for the month of June have been postponed to September.
Nightclubs, currently closed again, are set to re-open on July 19th without Covid tests or vaccine passports.


Outdoor events have been approved with a maximum limit of 1000 people (only 250 allowed indoors). In the Brandenburg area some clubs have already restarted but in other areas of the country, instead, they preferred to be more cautious and prudent, deciding to wait a little longer.


From June 26th clubs and dance halls have re-opened and are reserved only for people who will be able to show the green pass at the entrance.
Among the clubs that have taken advantage of this eagerly awaited opening, there is Mad in Lausanne. Here people are equipped with a QR code that ensures the possibility to participate in the event, dancing all night without masks, as if covid was only a distant memory.


From June 9th is possible to organize indoor events for up to 200 people and 400 for the outdoor events, while from July 30th outdoor events will be up to 5000 people.
These restrictions have resulted in the cancellation of Tomorrowland for the second consecutive year which, again this summer, will have to refold on the virtual format “Around the world”. The dates set for the virtual festival are July 16th and 17th.


The clubs reopened on June 26th, as demonstrated by Paradiso Amsterdam which hosted Reinier Zonneveld.
However, ADE remains the most anticipated event of the year and, precisely for this reason, there is a lot of publicity because, if the trend of the epidemic has decreased (thanks above all to the vaccination campaign), it could be the first important music event of the year.


Untold received the permission to organize this year’s edition in September (from the 9th to the 12th), always keeping the progress of the pandemic monitored.
In September “Sound of Bucharest” will also take place, precisely on the 25th.
It’s the biggest solo show in Europe and the special guest of this year is Armin Van Buuren.


Defected Croatia was scheduled from July 5th to 10th and the main clubs (we can mention Noa Beach Club in Pag) have also re-opened.
Ultra Europe, on the other hand, has been canceled and postponed to next year.

United States

The situation here varies greatly from State to State.
In fact, in Los Angeles and New York people have been dancing since the end of May, while in Illinois night clubs resumed their activities on June 11th.

Eleonora Vologni

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