While organizers around the world are studying the ways in which massive live music events can return, that's something that's already happened in Taiwan with the Megaport Festival hosting a crowd of 90,000 over a weekend in late March. So how were they able to pull that off amidst a pandemic? Chthonic's Freddy Lim, founder of the festival and a member of Taiwan's Parliament, explains.
As Lim revealed just prior to the event, part of it had to do with the country's ability to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. "We have been fortunate to have just 1,000 COVID cases in Taiwan’s population of 23 million, with only 77 local cases and 10 COVID-related deaths," said Lim prior to the event. "Because of Taiwan’s efficiency handling the pandemic, we are able to more move forward with this festival. Everyone is excited to perform live again, and our upcoming live album will reflect that excitement.”