A nationwide survey of audiences has found that 19 per cent of attendees would return to venues simply because they have re-opened their doors and 40 per cent would not consider booking for any events scheduled before the start of November.

Indigo, a cultural sector consultancy, published the findings of 85,000 respondents in a report called After the Interval. It found that 93 per cent of people said they were missing attending live events and more than 50 per cent were looking forward to attending again in order to support their local venue. But more than 75 per cent of audiences surveyed said they would feel safer returning to venues if they could avoid long queues, attend events with limited capacity and ensure that seats were spaced at least two metres apart.

“What is clear from the survey data is that audiences have great affinity for the cultural organisations they usually attend and are itching to get back to experiencing the buzz of live performances again,” explained Katy Raines, the report’s author. “But they will need reassurance that they and the artists and performers will be safe before they do so – simply seeing venues re-open, and even seeing others attend, will not be enough on its own.”

Indigo asked theatres and concert venues across the UK – including Southbank Centre, Shakespeare’s Globe and Sadler’s Wells – to ask their patrons a series of questions. Interestingly, 74 per cent of those questioned want to get back to the buzz of a live event.

Furthermore, 58 per cent would like to see hand sanitiser made available and 48 per cent would like to know the venue’s cleaning procedures. But the great news is, is that 49 per cent (from 62,952 responses) would feel happier to see a large outdoor event come back before an event at a large standing venue (30 per cent).

To read the full report, click here.