MUSIC FESTIVAL: Blossoms headline Sefton Park Festival as part of ‘near normal’ event trial
Image: The Blossoms
Blossoms will headline brand new gig at Sefton Park as part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP).
Sefton Park Pilot will take over a small area of the Grade 1 listed historic park on Sunday 2 May, with one of the hottest indie bands of the moment taking to the stage.
On the line-up are chart topping band Blossoms, BBC 6 Music-championed The Lathums and Liverpool singer-songwriter Zuzu.
This is Liverpool council's trail 'near normal' event - a crowd will be able to see the headliners without face masks or social distancing.
Doors will open from 4.30pm and as this event is part of a scientific experiment, tickets can only be purchased by Liverpool City Region residents.
Once through the gates, gig-goers will not have to wear face coverings or maintain social distancing as this forms part of the research on the transmission of Covid-19 in an outdoor, music festival setting.
Tickets are on sale now and drink and food concessions will be available onsite.
In order to be eligible for a ticket for this event you must be:
- Over 18
- Living in the Liverpool City Region and registered to a local GP
- Healthy and showing no sign of Covid-19 symptoms
You cannot attend this event if you:
- Have been advised that you are clinically vulnerable
- Are shielding, or someone you live with is shielding
- Are pregnant
The ERP will be used to provide key scientific data into how events for a range of audiences could be permitted to safely reopen as part of the roadmap out of lockdown, commencing no earlier than June 21.
The review will be crucial to how venues and events could operate this summer.
For the Sefton Park Pilot, scientists are looking to see if and how crowds mixing outdoors increases the risk of transmission of Covid-19.
Ticketholders will have to take a Lateral Flow Test at a community testing site 24 hours before the event and will have to produce a negative result to gain entry. This test has to be taken at one of the city’s community testing sites located here.
As part of the research element of the programme, those attending will be urged to take an at-home PCR test on the day of the event and five days afterwards to ensure any transmission of the virus is properly monitored. This is a non-mandatory but important part of the event research data requested by the scientists.
Vaccine passports are not part of Liverpool’s pilot events programme.
Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, said:
“Live music is a must have in my life, and a year without it is a year too long.
“The Sefton Park Pilot is the most important event in the Event Research Programme for getting festivals back this year and I’m delighted to play my part.
“It’s not about vaccines, it’s not about passports, it’s not about limiting it to a section of society only: it’s about a universal approach to our love of live music for all and demonstrating we can do it safely.”
Liverpool’s Director of Public Health, Matt Ashton, said:
“Liverpool is renowned for its live music offer and so it makes sense for a gig like this to be part of our pilot programme.
“The evidence we will gather from this one-off event, alongside the rest of the Events Research Programme, will enable us to better understand whether and how the Covid-19 virus spreads when we’re mixing in a busy, outdoor setting, with some control measures in place.
“This data can then be used to help shape how the entire events sector can safely reopen, both locally and nationally. Yet again, Liverpool is leading the way in bringing about change which will genuinely make a difference to people’s lives and livelihoods.”
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