Here’s what to expect from Salt Arts first socially distanced show

The show will be held in Karachi on October 3rd and will feature SomeWhatSuper and Khumariyaan


By Farheen Abdullah

KARACHI: Less than a month ago, Salt Arts left its audience deeply curious and excited with the announcement of Comeback Karachi. Warming its fans up to the idea of returning to the world of music and concerts, Salt Arts announced for its first socially distanced concert to be held in Karachi on October 3rd.

Here is all that you can expect at the concert at Beach Luxury this weekend.

Performances

Comeback Karachi is all about dance. The show will be opened by dancer and performing artist, Kaif Ghaznavi, followed by Talha and Feroze of SomeWhatSuper, Pakistan’s most celebrated EDM duo who will be flying in from Lahore. The concert will also feature performers from Islamabad and Peshawar in the form of Khumariyaan, a tribal folk band.

Physical Distance

With almost a 60% reduction in the number of visitors allowed, Comeback Karachi is being held according to the guidelines set by Government of Pakistan’s National Command Operations Centre. Queues, waiting areas, concert ground, backstage, entry and exit plans will follow the same guidelines.

Ticketing

Tickets are available at bookitnow.pk and Chotu Chaiwala, Karachi. However, these are not regular tickets. The management has introduced buddy tickets under three categories: both women, both men, woman and man. Each buddy ticket will admit two people and has different price points.

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COMEBACK KARACHI: Introducing the Buddy Ticket 👯‍♂️ The buddy system: When two people operate together as a single unit so that they are able to monitor and help each other. This practice nurtures a sense of belonging and mutuality in large groups. A buddy ticket will admit two people, in the following categories. So hurry up and lock your buddy. Please know this show has very limited capacity! Category 1: Both Women – Special Pricing! Category 2: Woman and Man Category 3: Both Men (Limited Spots) Ticketing Terms and Conditions, Mandatory Guidelines : COMING UP! @bookitnow.pk // Box Office sales open tomorrow night! FACTS: Venue: Beach Luxury Hotel Gardens Date: 03.10.2020 Artists: @khumariyaanband @somewhatsuperworld @kaifghaznavi Show Time: Ticketing queue begins at 5.00PM Sharp // First come, first served, if you come late you will have to wait ⚠️ Concert ground opens at 6.30PM Show starts at 7.30PM Show closes at 11.00PM FYI: This show has very limited capacity, by purchasing a ticket audience agrees to the mandatory guidelines, ticketing terms and conditions, and promises to self-manage, taking complete responsibility for the health and well-being of themselves and their buddy, at the show. ⚠️ Buddy tickets are valid for two (2) persons only. Guests under 18 and above 60 are not allowed. Both names and NIC numbers will be required on sale, NIC copy will be required for verification on entry; tickets are non-transferable. Both buddies must come together, without exception. Entry to the concert grounds will be on a first come, first served basis, and after satisfactory completion of SOP’s. Salt Arts, CityFM89, Red Bull Pakistan, Book it Now and all their partners reserve the right to refuse admission to any person and to remove them from the venue for any reason where necessary. ⚠️ #audiencepartnership #saltarts #bookitnowpk #cityfm89 #redbullpk #physicallydistant #liveconcert #dance #karachi #pakistan #khumariyaan #somewhatsuper #kaidghaznavi #southasia #comebackkhi #buddysystem #buddyticket

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Audience Requirements

All visitors will be required to bring a buddy with them, both of whom should have their NIC with them. Audience members are encouraged to carry their own water bottles, wear a mask and sanitize. Banners, posters, large bags, littering, laser lights, sharp objects, firearms, weapons, plastic bags, firecrackers, drugs and alcohol are prohibited. Audience members under the age of 18 and above 60 are also not allowed at the show.

The Buddy System

Buddies must come together and stay together. Physical distance will be ensured between pairs of buddies while allowing the audience to experience a traditional outdoor concert environment. Entry to the concert grounds will be on a first come, first served basis, and after satisfactory completion of SOP’s. Thermal screening will be conducted upon entry to the ticketing queue. Any person who does not meet the requirement, will be asked to leave, without exception, and without refund or ticket transfer.

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IMAGINE THIS: 🎧 This could be you and your buddy, dancing in your personal fixed capacity row under the violet stage lights! Secured by lit, garden divisions of ample dance friendly width, buddy spots marked by reflectors and facilitated by bouncers who are eager to get back to work! You will be distanced but never alone! (Buddies Gap Buddies Gap Buddies) Yes, you will be able to get in and out of your row, during the show, because you must check out the @cityfm89 @redbullpakistan and @onelifemasks pop-ups. Row allocations on first come, first served basis! Exit will also be conducted in a row wise system. The show will begin and end on time. Remember to have fun, watch the screens for advisory, and take lots of selfies ♥️ #comebackkhi Tickets : @bookitnow.pk COD: 03111222742 Audience Advisory: Buddies must come together. Entry to the concert grounds will be on a first come, first served basis, and after satisfactory completion of SOP’s. Thermal screening will be conducted upon entry to the ticketing queue, any person who does not meet the requirement, will be asked to leave, without exception, and without refund or ticket transfer. Things to do: Kindly bring your NIC, carry your own water bottle. Wear a mask and sanitise. Prohibited Items: Banners, posters, large bags, littering, laser lights, sharp objects, firearms, weapons, plastic bags, firecrackers, drugs and alcohol. Security may check bags on discretion. Salt Arts, CityFM89, Red Bull Pakistan, Book it Now and all their partners reserve the right to refuse admission to any person and to remove them from the venue for any reason where necessary. #saltarts #physicaldistancing #redbullpk #cityfm89 #bookitnowpk #khumariyaan #somewhatsuper #kaifghaznavi #newnormal #liveconcert #socialdistancing #audienceparticipation // Title track: Jala Sitara @somewhatsuperworld ft abbasalikhan

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Returning to social events may seem like an odd thing to do amidst a pandemic, but COVID-19 has proven that it is here to stay. Adjusting to the new socially distanced world may take some time, but concerts like Comeback Karachi might just be the stepping stone towards rebuilding a world of concerts. The audience definitely has a huge role to play in the success of the show, and if the right precautions are taken, Karachi can set an example for the rest to follow.

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