This collection analyses the remaking of culture and music spaces during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Its central focus is how cultural producers negotiated radically disrupted and uncertain conditions by creating, designing, and curating new objects and events, and through making alternative combinations of practices and spaces.

By examining contexts and practices of remaking culture and music, it goes beyond being a chronicle of how the pandemic disrupted cultural life and livelihoods. The book also raises crucial questions about the forms and dynamics of post-pandemic spaces of culture and music. Main themes include the affective and embodied dimensions that shape the experience, organisation, and representation of cultural and musical activity; the restructuring of industries and practices of work and cultural production; the transformation of spaces of cultural expression and community; and the uncertainty and resilience of future culture and music.

This collection will be instrumental for researchers, practitioners, and students studying the spatial, material, and affective dimensions of cultural production in the fields of cultural sociology, cultural and creative industries research, festival and event studies, and music studies. Its interdisciplinary nature makes it beneficial reading for anyone interested in what has happened to culture and music during the global pandemic and beyond.

chapter |18 pages


Making sense of culture and music space during and beyond the pandemic

part I|40 pages


chapter Chapter 1|13 pages

Festival atmospheres

Social, spatial, and material explorations of physically distanced festivals

chapter Chapter 2|13 pages

How live is live?

COVID-19, live music, and online performances

chapter Chapter 3|12 pages

‘Like a winter without Christmas'

Interaction rituals and the disruption of the Roskilde Festival

part II|76 pages


chapter Chapter 4|14 pages

Curating listening

The cultural production of a (commercial) experience

chapter Chapter 6|14 pages

Out of office

The broader implications of changing spaces and places in arts-based work during the COVID-19 pandemic

chapter Chapter 7|19 pages

The sounds of silence

Concerts, musicians, and the COVID-19 pandemic

part III|72 pages


chapter Chapter 9|13 pages

A sonic paradise in the countryside

Pop-rock festivals as drivers of creative tourism development in small cities and rural areas in the post-pandemic era

chapter Chapter 10|15 pages

Refiguring pathologised festival spaces

Governance, risk, and creativity

chapter Chapter 11|14 pages

Experimenting with adulthood in the time of pandemic

The 18th edition of the Sacrum Profanum festival in Cracow

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

The island of freedom on the Vltava

part IV|56 pages


chapter Chapter 14|14 pages

Unknown futures

Towards a more resilient Dutch popular music sector

chapter Chapter 15|12 pages

At the juncture of the liminal and the neoliberal

Can the smaller, independent commercial music festival survive into the future?

chapter Chapter 16|13 pages

Regions in recovery?

The significance of festivals for regenerating and reimagining regional community life

chapter Chapter 17|15 pages

Music missionaries

How Dutch music festivals utilised the pandemic to bounce forward