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MUSIC fans have been give a boost after it was announced that gigs and festivals can return from June 2021 after a year of no concerts at all.
Big events like concerts and sporting events can go ahead after May 17 – with limits on the number of people allowed to attend
Will festivals go ahead in summer 2021?
Big events like concerts and sporting events can go ahead after May 17 – with limits on the number of people allowed to attend.
But the key date everyone is waiting for is June 21, when all other restrictions will be lifted.
Lockdown will officially end on this date and restrictions on social contact will be lifted – meaning that mass events are allowed to take place.
From then on, nightclubs will be allowed to reopen, along with theatre performances.
Every adult in the UK could receive both doses of a Covid vaccine by August, or even “sooner if needed,” the head of the vaccine taskforce has said.
Reading and Leeds festival have confirmed this year’s event will happen on August Bank Holiday weekend
Reading & Leeds
Up until now, festival organisers had stayed under the radar with their plans for a 2021 event.
But following the Government’s roadmap announcement that all lockdown restrictions will be lifted in June, Reading & Leeds have confirmed this year’s festival will happen.
Confirming the 2021 events would go ahead, the official Twitter account wrote this afternoon: “Reading and Leeds 2021.
“Following the government’s recent announcement, we can’t wait to get back to the fields this summer. LET’S GO!”
The UK festival circuit has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic with its 2020 season effectively wiped out.
In January Glastonbury was cancelled for a second successive year after organisers said they had tried to “move heaven and earth”.
In January Glastonbury was cancelled for a second successive year after organisers said they had tried to “move heaven and earth”
Taking to Twitter Michael and Emily Eavis wrote: “With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us.
“Tickets for this year will roll over to next year”
The dance music favourite will return to Cheshire across the bank holiday weekend of August 26-29 next year, following on from the cancellation of its 2020 edition.
Deadmau5, Peggy Gou, Eric Prydz and Carl Cox are among the names set to take part in the festival, which is one of the biggest dates on the UK clubbing calendar.
Which festivals are yet to announce they will go ahead?
Other festivals such as Lovebox, Bestival, BST Hyde Park, Parklife, V Festival and Download have not revealed if their 2021 events will go ahead.
Industry representatives have said they need assurance from the government much sooner if they are to go ahead.
Due to the immense costs of planning and organising a music festival, organisers could be in “big trouble” if they decide to go ahead only for restrictions to change.
Paul Reed, chief executive of the Association of Independent Festivals, told Sky News that the average festival will need to decide whether to go ahead by the end of March, but as of yet, there is no coronavirus insurance to protect them – and that “time is running out”.
He said: “We do need urgent intervention on insurance. We’re very appreciative to have a ‘no earlier than date’.
“But if festivals are to go ahead, we need that intervention before the end of March.
“If that doesn’t happen, unfortunately, you’re not going to see much of the festival sector this year and [it] will therefore need support until when we’re able to return beyond this.”