See photos, footage and reaction from Blossoms’ pilot gig in Liverpool

This weekend's gig - which also features The Lathums and Zuzu - is the first in over a year to take place as part of the government's test scheme

Footage and photos from Blossoms‘ COVID-19 pilot gig in Liverpool has been shared online, showing what the return of live events could look like.

It’s the second of a two-day event – alongside a clubbing event that took place yesterday (May 1) – that doesn’t require attendees to socially distance, wear a face mask or have a vaccine passport to get into the venue.

Liverpool’s Sefton Park is playing host to 5,000 people – it usually holds 7,500 – and the only requirement to attend was a negative lateral flow test produced the day before. People will then be asked to take a second test a few days later to help monitor the rate of infection from the nights.


The gig – which also features The Lathums and Zuzu – is being organised by promoters Festival Republic. Boss Melvin Benn told NME that fans going to the “historic” show would be able to “behave as if the pandemic never happened”.

“This will be the first gig in the Northern hemisphere where it’s a proper show, with 5,000 people not socially distanced, not having to wear masks, with bars and food stalls in the arena, and it will feel like a mini version of a festival,” he said. “The punters will just be able to behave as though COVID had never happened.

“The whole world will be looking at it. You know how many gigs I’ve been involved in, but this is the most historic. I’m just so excited by it.”

Footage shared on Twitter shows gig-goers dancing and mingling closely together, drinks in hand and no masks in sight from early in the afternoon. In clips taken later on in the night, the venue was packed with bodies with little space between them. You can see videos from the event below.


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Concert-goers enjoy the Blossoms pilot gig. CREDIT: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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Tom Ogden of Blossoms. CREDIT: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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Gig-goers at Blossoms’ Liverpool pilot concert. CREDIT: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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Concert-goers are checked through security at the Blossoms pilot gig. CREDIT: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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Fans at the Blossoms show. CREDIT: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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Zuzu performs at the pilot gig. CREDIT: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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Alex Moore of The Lathums. CREDIT: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Pilot events for larger venues might be in place to help ease the entertainment industry out of lockdown, but the Music Venue Trust has called on the government to test out how grassroots venues will return.

“It isn’t at all clear how anything learned from these events will directly help us to open the Hull Adelphi, 100 Club London, Tunbridge Wells Forum, Bristol Exchange or any of the other 950 grassroots music venues across the country that want to Revive Live music and get audiences back in front of musicians in our communities,” the MVT’s Mark Davyd told NME.

He added: “It’s good news that we’ve got these pilots, but we have been writing to the government for weeks now to point out that the specifics of what we do at grassroots music venues are not actually being tested.”