Festival Republic, the promoter behind Latitude, Wireless, Reading and Leeds Festival, are to trial a 5,000 attendee show on May 2nd. Taking place at the Grade 1 listed Sefton Park in Liverpool, the festival will be held as part of the government’s ongoing Events Research Programme which aims to study the effectiveness of safety measures as we move out of lockdown.
An event where no face masks will be worn and no social distancing enforced, this may sound risky but several precautions are made. Ticket holders must give evidence of a negative lateral flow test from local testing centres. Scientists will be studying the scheme to see how crowds mixing inside increases risk in terms of transmission of Covid-19.
Managing Director Melvin Benn went on to say,
“This event is not about pushing vaccines or passports; we do not want to limit attendance to our events in any way. Working with the government we want to create a universal blueprint for reopening and demonstrate we can do it safely. Live music is a vital part of so many people’s lives.
This event is the first step in getting festivals back on track this year. It’s about demonstrating our absolute commitment that we can and will open on June 21st. We want to get festival fans back at events safely this year. We all need a summer of live music.”
Tickets are priced at £29.50 and are only available to those who live in the region of Liverpool city. The event kicks off at 4.30pm, with bands including The Lathums, Blossoms and Zuzu confirmed to play.
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Words: Neil Ritchie
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