The global COVID-19 pandemic means that music fans have had to settle for on-screen performances rather than on-stage experiences for more than a year now, and people are eager to get back to normal. In the hometown of the Beatles, in Liverpool, Britain, a one-off music festival was held to test whether such a comeback is possible sooner or later.
About 5,000 people abandoned face coverings and social distancing rules in the name of science and music. They attended the outdoor event after testing negative for COVID-19 and promised to get themselves tested again five days after the festival.
Their data will be used by the government event research program to help understand the crowds’ impact on the spread of the virus.
The event comes after a “no sign” of coronavirus infection among the 5,000 unvaccinated people who participated in it Indoor demo concert last month in Barcelona.
However, the science aspect of the event was far from the minds of British revelers as they danced through the gates of Sefton Park.
19-year-old student Megan Butler said, “It feels so amazing and amazing – it’s been a very long time.”
Melvin Bean, managing director of Festival Republic, said he hopes his pilot project will play a major role in getting outdoor events back on the calendar this year.
“Once they enter the show, they can celebrate as if it’s 2019,” he said. “You can feel the burden of the past 12 months, the last 15 months, has been lifted a little bit.”
Sunday’s lineup in a purpose-built tent consisted of three acts: local singer-songwriter Zozo, and rising independent group The Lathums and Blossoms.
Blossoms lead singer Tom Ogden said reaching the title of the event was an honor. “It’s been 413 days since we were last on stage … It’s been a long time ago and we’re so glad we’re here.”
The festival lasted less than six hours and with a 10 pm curfew, it was a far cry from the multi-day fun of major events like Glastonbury, but attendees said there was no other place they would rather be.
“Let’s enjoy life, let’s get back to normal!” Said 25-year-old Harry Smith worker.
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