July 25, 2021

in Paris, 5,000 people vibrate to the rhythms of Indochina to establish a health protocol … and for pleasure

By Rémi Barroux

Posted today at 06:34, updated at 06:58

« Emus », ” happy “… These words kept coming back and the eyes, above the masks, shone at the end of the Indochina test concert, Saturday May 29 around 8:30 p.m., near the Parisian room of the AccorHotels Arena, in Bercy.

The groups of lucky people selected to participate in this scientific-cultural experiment had difficulty heading to the metro, curfew obliges. “It was phew, great. It feels very good, I who go to concerts a lot and was in need. One of my last, it was precisely at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium, in Lille, the concert for the sixty years of Nicola Sirkis [le chanteur d’Indochine], in June 2019 ”, says Hortense Lancesseur, 28, equine dentist in the Paris region.

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Fans selected for the concert await the opening of the doors of the AccorHotels Arena, in Bercy, on May 29, 2021 in Paris.
In front of the AccorHotels Arena, before the concert, in Bercy, May 29, 2021 in Paris.

Of the 7,500 people selected, aged 18 to 45, after three days of tests to detect and rule out cases of Covid-19, 5,000 formed the so-called “experimental” group, to assist standing, without physical distancing, at the concert in the pit of the Bercy arena, and 2,500 people not coming to the concert formed the “control” group.

Having all performed a saliva test on Saturday, these “guinea pigs” must perform one seven days later, which will compare the number of people infected and determine whether the coronavirus has circulated more in the configuration in concert with the protocol retained.

“Let everything restart”

The Indochina fan, enthusiastic at the end of the group’s performance which lasted nearly two hours, specifies that she was not bothered by the constraints of the health experiment. “We put up with the masks very well [des modèles chirurgicaux étaient distribués à tous les participants], they did not prevent me from dancing and singing during the whole concert, but I was in the front row, against the barriers, and I had space in front of me, air, I was not not tight in the crowd ”, specifies Hortense Lancesseur.

His friend, Caroline Bourgois, 22, came more for the experience than for Indochina. “I especially wanted to find the atmosphere of the room, the adrenaline of the beginnings of a concert when you wait for the first chords, advances the young girl, follower of electronic music and who appreciated the musical reception given, from 5 pm, by the DJ Etienne de Crécy. Every summer, I go to at least five or six electro festivals and I can’t wait for it to start again. I wanted too much to participate in this concert today, if it allows everything to restart. “

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