Former singer of alternative rock band The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, canceled his performance at the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, England. Everyone attending the recital will have to prove they have been vaccinated against the COVID or are not infected by undergoing a test, Breitbart reported.
The singer used his Instagram account this week to communicate his decision after learning that the rules of the game had changed.
“Apologies to my fans for any disappointment but the festival was informed over 10 days ago that I wouldn’t be playing once it had become part of a government testing programme,” Ashcroft wrote.
“I had informed my agent months ago I wouldn’t be playing concerts with restrictions. The status of the festival was one thing when I signed up for it, but, sadly was forced to become something else.”
In his last sentence, the rocker showed that his convictions are stronger than a temporary gain and used the hashtags #naturalrebel and #theydontownme
” It must be an age thing but the words Government Experiment and Festival…guffaw emoticons…”
His followers on Instagram reacted, surprisingly with shows of support for the singer instead of getting upset about not performing.
“You’re a great,” commented nadiaepic.
Sabrinacerutiart wrote: “Thank you, you’re a great.”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for sticking it out and being with the people,” Marieklarich wrote.
The official recital site explains that the festival will be part of the UK government’s Events Research Program, which while it does not place limits on the number of participants, nor does it mandate the wearing of masks or social distancing, it does require everyone over the age of 11 to provide proof of a full coronavirus vaccination or a negative test that is less than 48 hours old.
The vaccination test controversy has positioned artists on opposite sides of the fence.
On the opposite side of the fence from Richard Ashcroft stood Bruce Springsteen, once a ‘rebel’ and activist against the U.S. government over the Vietnam War.
But these days Springsteen has become more ‘mainstream.’
On his return to the Broadway stage, the singer not only made it a condition that people be vaccinated, but he also only accepted fans who took the Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna vaccines. Those vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not FDA-approved, could not enter the concert.
According to The Hill, Springsteen stated, “The show must go on. But if you have the AstraZeneca vaccine, you’re not invited.”
The singer’s statements drew demonstrators to his show who protested outside the theater with signs reading, “No masks, no vaccines, no fear. No vaccine passports. Bruce Springsteen is for segregation on Broadway.”
The effectiveness of vaccines
While in general, health authorities around the world have been changing their stance on what it means to achieve herd immunity, eliminating the original concept that involved people becoming infected and developing immunity naturally and modifying it to now mean that immunity will be achieved with more than 70% of the population vaccinated, the actual effectiveness of vaccines in achieving this point has not been scientifically proven in its entirety.
Taking the case of Israel, which is one of the countries with the highest number of vaccinated people (about 60%) regardless of age, post-vaccination studies show that people who were infected and were not vaccinated developed greater immunity to the virus than those who were not infected and were vaccinated.
In other words, what was originally understood as autoimmunity continues to work better than immunity with vaccines. In addition, the BioNTech laboratory, creator of the vaccine against the Pfizer virus, requested authorization from the FDA to administer a third dose of the vaccine supposedly to reinforce immunity to combat the strain known as Delta—which allegedly comes from India, so it is difficult to affirm that the vaccines are effective in curbing contagion.