The most important synthesizer show of the year is back for a real-life, in-person Superbooth in September provided you have a negative Covid-19 test or vaccination passport.
After a year of virtual shows and interactive Zooms the prospect of actually going to an event, seeing gear with our own eyes and potentially touching it, seems almost too good to be true. It’s been a near-impossible task for event organisers to navigate the moods of the pandemic and find a way of putting on an event that puts no one at risk and would still be fun to attend. Superbooth is stepping up and giving it a go.
They’ve been floating the idea for a little while of a “Superbooth in the park” where rather than having exhibitors tightly packed into halls it would involve cabins and tents spread out over the FEZ-Berlin grounds. There will be a one-way system in operation, social distancing will be in place. There will be an outside performance venue on the Seaside Stage as usual along with the food tents and a place to sensibly socialise. Face masks are mandatory (no medical exemptions) in all inside spaces and where social distancing of 1.5m cannot be maintained, for instance, at a performance or when speaking to an exhibitor.
They originally planned to run the show during May as normal (as stated in the video below) but this was bumped to the 15th – 18th of September giving it a much higher chance of working around pandemic restrictions.
Limited Tickets and testing
The ticketing system has changed and it’s very important to understand how it works. There are no 3-day tickets this year. 1-day tickets give you access to the outside areas from 10am to 10pm however, access to indoor areas is restricted to either 10am to 2pm or 3pm to 7pm.
Your ticket will be personalised, is only available in advance, and you must present an official photo ID on the day. You’ll also need one of the following proofs:
- A complete and EU-approved Covid-19 vaccination at least 2 weeks before the respective event day.
- A medical certificate of a recovered Covid-19 infection within the last six months before the respective event day.
- An officially recognized negative rapid test taken on the day of the event.
It doesn’t say whether rapid tests will be made available at the event so I’m not sure how that would work. I’ve had both vaccines but I don’t really have any proof of that other than a hand-written card and an “I’ve had my vaccination” sticker. Apparently, Europeans have vaccination passports and QR codes – phew, good job we dodged that bureaucracy, hooray for Brexit! My colleagues at Gearnews.de tell me that there are official test centres in Berlin where you can get a free test. I wonder whether these will still be around in September?
Anyway, it seems that coming to the show from the UK is not without its challenges and the fact that you can’t make a weekend of it may put many people off.
Superbooth has done an amazing amount of work to put on an event that’s going to be safe for both exhibitors and visitors. I hope that it’s as magnificent and successful as it deserves to be.
More information on Superbooth
- Get your tickets here.