Some music festivals set for later in the summer have announced they intend to go ahead as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are relaxed. The UK Government announced last night that outdoor music events will be able to take place in England from Saturday 11th July, alongside outdoor theatre and opera.
Capacity will be limited as audiences are required to maintain social distancing. All tickets will be sold online as venues are required to collect details of those attending, so they can be traced if an outbreak occurs.
While most of this summer’s festivals have been cancelled, others are already confirming they intend to go ahead, and more events are likely to spring up in the weeks ahead. Beardy Folk tweeted this morning to say tickets are on sale for the festival this September.
In response to a question from WheresMyTent, Dub Pistols said “we are getting closer” to their Mucky Weekender festival also going ahead.
Ahead of last night’s announcement, Virgin announced a series of gigs at their socially-distanced Unity Arena, where groups of fans stand on their own individual podiums. Countless drive-in events have also been announced across the UK, including the Unity Drive-In series, set to feature X, X and a special ‘Camp Bestival’ family day.
Event organisers await further guidance on how festivals can take place safely and legally. Many events may find they’re not viable, financially or otherwise, until social distancing restrictions are further relaxed.
Local authorities must be satisfied that festivals and gigs can comply with the guidance before they are issued with a licence to go ahead. As it stands, this includes restrictions on audience interaction of more than six households. Where this is not possible, the guidance states: “organisations should consider whether that activity needs to continue for it to operate, and if so, take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission between their staff, participants and visitors“.
eFestivals have interpreted this to mean face masks will likely be mandatory.