Reading and Leeds will go ahead this year (Picture: Getty)
Those planning on attending Reading and Leeds festival this year may have to prove they are Covid-free with some type of coronavirus vaccine passport, it has been revealed.
Festival boss Melvin Benn is confident the event will go ahead as planned with lockdown restrictions due to end completely on June 21, however there will likely be health and safety measures in place.
Speaking to the BBC on Tuesday, Benn said that it was ‘almost certain’ that guests at Reading & Leeds would have to prove they had either been vaccinated against Covid-19 or had tested negative for the virus through a form of digital passport.
The idea of vaccine passports have been controversial and the Government ministers have previously denied they would come into place.
Some music venues are willing to implement vaccine passports if it would help bring larger crowds through their doors.
Clapham Grand manager Ally Wolf previously told Metro.co.uk: ‘They could work.
Vaccine passports could be the ticket into Reading and Leeds festival (Picture: Getty Images, iStockphoto)
‘I think it’s important that if this is implemented people don’t feel they are being excluded for not wanting a vaccine – the message needs to be people can make their own decision about getting a vaccine, but in order to facilitate the safety of the majority, their attendance at a concert would be prohibited unless a quick Covid test was achievable upon entry.
‘Live music should be inclusive but not to the detriment of others safety.’
Several music festivals have been rescheduled for September, including Wireless and Isle of Wight, while others like Glastonbury have been forced to postpone until 2022.
Reading and Leeds takes place August 27-29, 2021.