The return of live performances, despite some hopeful progress made here on the home front, still seems largely consigned to the fairly distant future.
However, it’s an issue people are working on.
Just earlier today, we posted about how a drive in gig for Gavin James is being put together.
Socially distanced raves and gigs have also been toyed with by various actors in the industry.
Yet another approach, one being employed by LA multi-discipline creative studio Production Club, is to provide concert/festival-goers with protective gear ensuring their safety. Enter the Micrashell.
Looking a bit like a cross between a Daft Punk tribute act and a Hazmat suit, the proposed design (still in the design phase) for the Micrashell comes equipped with air filtration systems, LED lights and PPE gloves and face mask.
Miguel Risueno, head of inventions for Production Club, pitched the design thusly in an interview with NBC : “It’s a half suit that kind of takes your safety and your security — in terms of being close to airborne particles or viruses — to the next level, we said we still need to find a solution because people are still going out. People are still going to party and still skipping social distance measures… With our solution, we are trying to make space available for everyone because our solution depends on your own footprint rather than distancing yourself.”
If you think the suit looks expensive, you’re absolutely correct. Production Club’s idea would be that venues or festivals purchase the suits in bulk and rent them out to their patrons (at a sizable cost one might imagine).
Important to note, the Micrashell will come with a hole whereby liquid can be imbibed and smoke inhaled.
It’s still in design phase, but this Sci-Fi design is one to keep an eye out for. Would make for quite a sight at Electric Picnic’s rave in the woods.