José Luis Perales: What was taken into account to reschedule the presentations of the renowned artist in Lima?

The music sector has been one of the hardest hit by the crippling pandemic of the COVID-19. Although with the start of vaccinations, this 2021 is seen with greater optimism for the sector, doubts persist about when the mass concerts and mass shows will return in our country.

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Recently, megastars like Paul McCarteny and Bruce Springsteen offered grim predictions about a return to the music scene. The American artist told Rolling Stone after the publication of his pandemic album “Letter to You”: “My antenna tells me that, at best, it will be in 2022. And I would consider it lucky for the concert industry if it happens then ”. The British artist noted: “I would like to be at Glastonbury 2021, but for this year I don’t see 100,000 people at a festival.”

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However, in the midst of this discouraging panorama that continues to generate losses in the music industry, there are also figures, such as the Spanish José Luis Perales, responsible for memorable songs such as “And how is he?”, “A sailboat called freedom ”And“ Me llamas ”, which has already announced the new dates of its presentations in Lima.

Jorge Fernández, businessman responsible for Perales’ next visit to our country in the framework of his latest tour called “Ballads for a Farewell – Final Tour”, explains what was taken into consideration in this rescheduling.

Initially, the scheduled dates were May 1 and 2, 2020, however, as the Covid-19 health emergency increased, the tour had to be postponed. The new date was scheduled for October 21 and 22 last year, however, the spread of the virus was still increasing, so it could not be specified either. Now, the new dates are next November 15 and 16 at the Gran Teatro Nacional.

“Within weeks of the start of the pandemic, an artist-type coordination had to be made with the various promoters of the tour and the locals and an agreement was reached. A time window of just over a year was given. And then progress has been seen, not only in the pandemic, but also in vaccination. The countries where we have a venue available have come out with these November dates ”, explains the concert manager.

It also highlights that in this new quite optimistic date change (it would be the first live concert to be held in Peru after the pandemic) the current levels of contagion and mortality were taken into consideration, as well as how the process is progressing vaccination in Latin America and the restrictions imposed on social gatherings and holding events.

“More than optimism is to start setting goals or objectives, the problem is global. The artists have suspended tours and do not have the money to return because they have distributed it. The promoter, hotels, air tickets, tour staff were paid … and there are many more expenses that are part of the value chain of the music concert industry ”, clarifies Fernández Vegas.

“So, when we do a rescheduling, when these types of actions begin to be established, it is because there are objectives to be met and at least establish points in time to have references. Otherwise, neither the artist, nor the promoter, nor the stage spaces can be reprogrammed. Depending on the circumstances, probably in the coming weeks or months we will see progress or delays and perhaps new rescheduling will be registered. We don’t know that, nobody knows what could happen ”, explains the Peruvian businessman.

Security measures

For the return to a certain normality in the activity of live music, biosecurity measures, such as the use of masks, maintaining social distancing or reducing capacity, which will be taken into account, will be mandatory and essential, says Fernández.

“And I’m sure those measures are going to stick around for a long time. As part of the planning and production, sanitary protocols have been taken into account that will depend on each country, the circumstances, the type of premises, the space, the distribution and the number of people. You will understand that it is one thing to work in a stadium where you have 20, 30 or 40 thousand people sitting in stands or standing on the fields; or for a closed theater, with fixed locations, for 1,500 people. Health protocols must be adjusted to each type of situation ”, he emphasizes.

Tickets previously purchased for October 21, 2020 will be valid for November 15 of this year. And those of October 22 will work in the same way for November 16.


Tickets can still be purchased through Teleticket de Wong and Metro.


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