Smaller festivals aimed at local audiences might take place in 2021, former Sziget Festival owner and organizer Gerendai Károly told Forbes Hungary. When it comes to major events with an international audience, the ability to plan ahead is vital. With no possibility to predict what could happen until next summer, it's too risky to even consider a major event with a budget like Sziget. "In the case of these events, it's important to know about the attendance and how much you can spend. Until now, it depended on the early ticket sales how much we can make this plannable," Gerendai said.
The ongoing pandemic has successfully shut down the 2020 festival season and, for a long time, it looked like next year won't be any better. There is, in turn, a ray of light shining through the gloom: the news about the upcoming vaccines, as well as the emergence of cheap and accessible testing methods that allow the detection of infected individuals quickly and easily have determined some festival organizers to tentatively start planning their 2021 events. Two Eastern European EDM events - both of them from Romania - have recently given their first updates regarding their 2021 editions. As both of