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‘You do whatever you can to keep going’: Middle Kids and Rüfüs Du Sol on touring the US amid Covid

Some Australian artists have restarted their international shows. It’s definitely not business as usual

The Australian music industry has had another difficult year, with the Covid-19 Delta variant and multiple lockdowns in Australia’s biggest population centres derailing the recovery that many had hoped for. Although live performances have continued outside New South Wales and Victoria, the latest industry survey by ILostMyGig estimated a further $94m in lost income between July and August of this year.

While the local industry has launched a #VaxTheNation campaign to speed an end to restrictions, some Australian performers have made a cautious return to the US market. What seemed like a pipe dream 12 months ago has, with widespread vaccination, become a more manageable risk – and offers a glimpse of what a vaccinated touring circuit might look like back home.

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