Digital Health Passport May Lead to Live Music!


We’ve all been asking the question- how do we get back to live music? We’ve questioned it in several of our posts but honestly, I don’t think anyone is quite sure how to make this a reality. However, the UK has some new plans with their Digital Health Passport system. Originally created by You Check, the platform was created in 2019. It’s purpose? To reduce problematic secondary ticketing issues and public security concerns surrounding fraudulent ticket touts. As we all know, this is a huge problem in the scene.

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Then, COVID hit. During the COVID-19 pandemic last year, You Check has focused primarily on enabling live entertainment venues to re-open. They want venues to prosper in the wake of the sector’s recovery. Now, the company is focused on securely connecting its technology with track and trace software.

The “digital health passport” will allow venue door staff to quickly verify an attendee’s name, age, ticket, and important test result in one place. This will easily allow entry into concerts and will provide proof of safety. This is in addition to providing a crucial communication link between promoters and their full audiences, beyond the primary ticket buyer. 


How Are They Testing the Digital Health Passport?

You Check has been working closely with the Music Venue Trust (MVT). They have researched and declared more than 400 grassroots music venues are at imminent risk of being closed permanently due to COVID-19. However, they have a plan and the trials will take place at London’s 100 Club and Bristol’s 250 capacity Exchange. Hopefully, this is a success for everyone! We need some live music in our lives!

You Check’s unique notification system has been adapted to assist trace. The app will trace by securely and accurately connecting with attendees and their accompanying test result data. The platform which overcomes outdated, time-consuming entry processes, and improves all functionality at events supports the secure ID documents from over 190+ countries. This should ease up those terrible lines to get into shows!

“We’re working, not exclusively, with Innova in terms of testing – technology that looks for a viral load high enough to be contagious with 97 per cent plus accuracy,” Fred Krefting, founder and COO at You Check recently told Event industry News.

As a result, event-goers can be channeled to test facilities replete with PHE approved kits. The outcomes will be loaded onto the app.

“With Covid-19 the incubation period is two to five days. 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.” Krefting added of the upcoming trials, “It’s important to work alongside government when running these pilots and we’re grateful to the DCMS for giving us the go-ahead.”

The plan is for the March shows in London and Bristol to be at 25 percent capacity. They will use two sets of tests with the same people, and to build up from there at venues across the country. How epic is that?

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“You Check’s identity first solution has a lot of potential to help venues and promoters manage risk,” 

“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” Music Venue Trust CEO, Mark Davyd, says.


I’m so curious of the result here! This is such a cool idea and I hope the rest of the world will follow suit.