How are commercial shows faring post-COVID?

While stadium gigs and major musicals have returned, show business must jump hurdles to bring us the biggest names in the game.

After two years of live music falling silent during the global pandemic, newly elevated CEO of Frontier Touring Dion Brant smiled as he soaked up the sound of the rain-lashed crowd roaring while the Foo Fighters rocked Geelong’s GHMBA stadium in March, marking the return of international headliners to Australia.

‘I knew it would be a special moment for our industry, but I had perhaps underestimated how much of a special moment it would be for the fans,’ he said of the electric atmosphere.

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Stephen A Russell is a Melbourne-based arts writer. His writing regularly appears in Fairfax publications, SBS Movies and SBS Sexuality, The Saturday Paper, The New Daily, Time Out, The Music and Metro magazine. You can hear him on Joy FM.