“We are completely full,” a Paradiso spokesperson said. “But the way the procedures look now, we have to let everyone sit down and close the bar at eight, that’s just not possible.”
The effect is enormous. “Towards the end of the year we had the big concerts, with De Dijk and Guus Meeuwis, among others. We all have to pass it on.” This is a big trip because the schedule is full of previous postponed concerts.
Depending on the actions announced tonight, the pop venue is still considering the possibility of continuing concerts.
The hall is dependent on new and complete government support. Otherwise, it will be very difficult. We are still dealing with the consequences of the previous shutdown.”
Amsterdam punk Hang Youth has moved its concert from this Saturday evening in Paradiso to 5 p.m. This will be the last pop temple concert for now. “We go out with a bang.”
Afas Live and Ziggo Dome
Mojo concert promoter will also postpone all events until the beginning of December when visitors cannot be seated. “The Cabinet has decided for us that it cannot be done,” a Cabinet spokesperson said.
These include performances by Nightwish (two evenings at the Ziggo Dome) and Rolf Sanchez (Afas Live). This is too bad, because a number of concerts have already been postponed. It also becomes difficult to find new data. We are looking for a solution to these acts.”
According to him, many works have already moved their concerts to the next year. “There’s a lot of uncertainty for everyone. We still don’t know exactly what the consequences will be. We were expecting to be able to go from 75 per cent occupancy to 100 in November, but now it’s threatening a full shutdown again.”
Not all events have been cancelled. The Thuishaven Festival announced on social media that the Saturday event will continue anyway with revised opening hours, i.e. from 10am to 7pm.
Other catering establishments are also looking for creative solutions. Restaurants Wils and Rijks, both by star chef Joris Bijdendijk, serve “dunch”: a combination of the words dinner and lunch. From Saturday, both restaurants serve a modified menu from 3:30 pm to 7 pm.
“Our teams brainstormed quickly and worked hard to get the most out of it again,” says Bijdendijk, who hopes “showers” will become a new trend. “Personally, I like to have a nice meal at 3am on a Sunday, a good wine with it, and then drop by on the sofa at 7 a.m. — and now it’s every Sunday.”
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