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New app hopes to allow grassroots music venues to re-open during COVID-19 pandemic

By | Published on Friday 12 February 2021

Ticket security app You Check has announced that it is working with the Music Venue Trust to pilot a scheme to help grassroots live music return amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Trials will take place at London’s 100 Club and Bristol’s Exchange venues next month.

Originally developed to combat secondary ticketing, You Check has more recently been focussed on building a system to help venues re-open while COVID restrictions are still in place. The new version of the app, says the company, will provide a “digital health passport” for ticketholders.

It will link up with the government’s track and trace system to combine ticket information with proof that a ticketholder has had a recent negative COVID test. So, a little bit dystopian, but this is probably going to be our future – at least in the short term – whether we like it or not. The app will also be able to direct people to testing facilities, in order to get a test at the right time before a show.

“With COVID-19, the incubation period is two to five days”, says You Check COO Fred Krefting. “For the honeymoon phase after the test, it’s the shorter the better, which means you’re good to go to a show for 48 hours”.

“You Check’s identity first solution has a lot of potential to help venues and promoters manage risk”, adds Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd. “It has a fast and thorough authentication process which enables health information to be stored against portable digital identity, and Music Venue Trust is pleased to be working with You Check to explore how this technology might form part of a comprehensive process which enables us to reopen every venue safely and revive live”.

The 100 Club and Exchange will put on shows running at 25% capacity in March, using the You Check app, in order to test its viability. If successful, it is hoped that it can be used by more venues in the coming months.