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Phoebe Bridgers discusses post-pandemic touring

Phoebe Bridgers has discussed her thoughts on what the touring landscape will look like in the wake of the pandemic.

Bridgers released her triumphant sophomore album, Punisher, to wild acclaim last year and has since gone on to be nominated for numerous Grammy Awards. Following her second solo album’s success, Bridgers looks set to be playing much bigger venues than before once touring becomes allowed again once the pandemic has ended. Whilst she’s excited to play shows once more, the singer-songwriter has shared her concerns about the difficulties that the industry will face once everything returns to some normality.

“I don’t really care if I’m making a weird face, or if I sound out of pitch. It’s just what happens,” Bridgers told Nylon in a new interview. “I’m looking forward to feeling better at my job.” She then discussed why she is apprehensive about live music returning, “The whole system is going to be so overrun with people touring. I know by the time that I play a show, it will be safe. I will not be in the first wave of people who I’m sure are going to fuck it up. The Chainsmokers already did that.”

Bridgers also discussed how she’s been battling to be creative recently and has struggled to write during quarantine due to exhaustion. “I’ve written less [new music in quarantine] than you’d think,” she explained. “It’s exhausting to write about what’s going on, and it’s exhausting to not write about what’s going on.”

Although she won’t be playing a regular gig anytime soon, Bridgers is among the names who have recently signed up to a new live stream concert subscription service, Bandsintown PLUS.

The new service costs $9.99 a month, it aims to give subscribers access to watch over 25 live shows a month, and some of the biggest names in alternative music have agreed to take part in the first month. Artists set to grace the virtual stage during the next month include Waxahatchee, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Claud, Omar Apollo, Little Dragon, and Soccer Mommy and Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold.