Blossoms to headline COVID-19 pilot gig in Liverpool with no social distancing

5,000 local fans will head to Sefton Park next month for the test event, with no masks or distancing required

A coronavirus pilot concert has been announced in Liverpool, with Blossoms set to headline the May event.

The gig, dubbed Sefton Park Pilot, comes as part of a host of government-organised pilot events in the lead up to England gradually exiting lockdown by the end of June.

5,000 fans will be able to attend the May 2 event in Sefton Park, which normally holds 7,500 gig-goers. Attendees will have to take a lateral flow COVID-19 test at a local testing centre prior to being granted entry, as well as another test after the show. During the show, they will not be asked to wear masks or practice social distancing.

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Tickets for the show – which will also feature The Lathums and Zuzu – can be purchased here on a one-ticket-per-person basis from 10am BST today (April 18). To be eligible to attend, fans must also be over 18-years-old, living in the Liverpool City Region and registered to a local GP and healthy and showing no sign of COVID-19 symptoms.

You will not be allowed entry if you have been advised that you are clinically vulnerable, are shielding or someone you live with is shielding or if you are pregnant.

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The gig is being organised by promoters Festival Republic, whose boss Melvin Benn said: “The Sefton Park pilot is a vital, science-led event which will help open up the live music industry in a safe and secure way. This event is not about pushing vaccines or passports , we do not want to limit attendance to our events in any way.

He continued: “Working with the government we want to create a universal blueprint for reopening and demonstrate we can do it safely. Secretary of State Oliver Dowden and his team at DCMS are showing real commitment to making this a reality by launching the Event Research Programme and the Sefton Park Pilot.”

Benn added: “Live music is a vital part of so many people’s lives. This event is the first step in getting festivals back on track this  year. It’s about demonstrating our absolute commitment that we can and will open on June 21. We want to get  festival fans back at events safely this year. We all need a summer of live music.”

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden added: “We’re one step closer to a summer of live events now our science-led programme is underway. Testing different settings and looking at different mitigations is key to getting crowds back safely and the Sefton Park pilot is an important addition to the programme.

“After many months without live audiences, Festival Republic are bringing live music back to fans with this very special event and I hope it won’t be too much longer until gigs are back for good.”

The new concert comes as part of a bigger plan for a number of venues in Liverpool to take part in the pilot scheme to test crowd safety before coronavirus lockdown rules are eased this summer.

It was revealed last month that a dozen test events were being planned across the UK in the run-up to lockdown being further eased. The events – which come under the umbrella of the Events Research Programme (ERP) – included the World Snooker Championship final this weekend (April 17), as well as the football FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on May 15, and the BRIT Awards at London’s O2 Arena two days later.

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