“We are the foundations of the music scene, without concert halls there would be no festivals and it is totally incomprehensible that the regulations obviate this reality ”. That was how resounding it was yesterday Isaac Vivero, member of the board of directors of the Association of Rooms of Spain (Acces) at the conference that focused on the reactivation of the song live in theaters, one of the talks that were included in the program of the second day of activities of the Hispanic Lusa Music Industry Fair (Fhlim).
“The challenge for this year is that concert halls are considered cultural spaces,” he adds. Silvia Moreno, responsible for musical production and contracting, dedicated to the programming of concerts for more than a decade, who also participated in the conference. “Very few autonomies have achieved it recently, such as Castilla-La Mancha, Valencian Community or the historical ones that have been doing it for many years, such as Catalonia or Euskadi”, lists Vivero, with which he considers that “a path has been opened that we can follow others”.
About 300 concert halls are scattered throughout Spain and they suffer more than other businesses in the culture sector the consequences of the restrictions due to the pandemic. “The cinemas, the theaters and the auditoriums are obviously working with the measures of security required in the current context, but most concert halls in the country are not allowed ”, compares Vivero. “We are in limbo,” adds Moreno.
And it is that from the regulatory point of view, “there is no license for the activity of concert halls within the scope of cultureThey consider us cocktail bars and nightlife is closed due to circumstances that are perfectly understandable, but we are dedicated to live music ”, they emphasize. “We are considered as nightlife, but it is that people come to listen to music and, incidentally, they may have a drink and not the other way around. It’s like considering that you only go to the cinema to have popcorn “, he compares Isaac Vivero.
For that main activity that concert halls offer to their public live concerts, the speakers do not understand that at this time “a band you can get on the stage of a theater and not that of a concert hall, when the activity is exactly the same ”, they say.
The circumstance of the time restrictions, which in principle could be a hindrance due to their usual schedules, they discard it completely, since they are willing to adapt to this new normal – in fact some venues have already done so – to be able to offer their clients morning concerts or early morning concerts. the afternoon, instead of the usual nocturnal ones. “With the schedules there would be no problem and, in fact, the range of new possibilities is opening up to us,” Silvia Moreno, who is in charge of the production of concerts in one of the most important venues nationwide, such as the Sala Industrial Copera in Granada.
In his speech at the round table – where he shared space with Vivero and with Raul Valera, which adds extensive experience in managing events and mass venues, such as the FIB, Sonorama or Mad Cool—, confessed that some theaters in the area where he works had chosen to change their licenses to be able to open and work like theaters and audiences, “although it is still a patch,” he acknowledges.
“Adapting is undoubtedly an option, but in many communities that alternative is not even offered,” he warns Isaac rivero, President of the Association of Rooms of the Region of Murcia. For this reason, he considers that the first step is for the rooms to be considered cultural spaces. “Once we achieve that, we will have to see in what way, and according to the current circumstances, those events, once we are allowed to organize them, can be viable and profitable, because from the economic point of view it is not easy, taking into account count the reductions of capacity and so on ”, he explains. “Although that would already be a second step, after the first, the important one, which is summarized in allowing us to work,” he says.
The Hispanic Lusa Music Industry Fair has on the premises of Silver its main headquarters, where this weekend it has become a meeting point between professionals, artists and the public from the Spanish and Portuguese music scene, making room for rock, pop, metal, indie, folk and even traditional music. That is being verified in the variety of live concerts that are being developed during the conference.
Besides, the fair includes more than 150 exhibitor stands with the best professionals who work around the world of music, from sound to lighting, record companies, luthiers, merchandising, managers or even transportation.
Conferences, meetings, presentations, small concerts or record signing complete an intense program that ends today Sunday. Without a doubt, the most anticipated by the general public are the concerts that are offered, this time on the stage of the Ramos Carrión Theater —Since the Provincial Council sponsors this event—, where with a reduced capacity yesterday it was possible to enjoy the performance of Roll, who returns to Zamora once more. The person in charge today of closing this series of concerts, also in the theater, will be Hamlet in the morning (12.00 hours) and Albert Pla (7:00 p.m.).