Live music returned to the Beatles’ birthplace after a long silence imposed by the coronavirus on Sunday when the English city of Liverpool hosted a unique music festival to test whether such events have spread the virus.
About 5,000 people have abandoned face covers and social distancing rules in the name of science and music. They attended the outdoor event after testing negative for COVID-19 and vowed to get tested again five days after the festival.
Their data will be used by the government events research program to help understand the effect of crowds on the spread of the virus.
But the scientific side of the event was far from the minds of the revelers as they danced through the gates of Sefton Park.
“It’s so good, so amazing – it’s been too long,” said 19-year-old college student Meghan Butler.
Melvin Benn, chief executive of Festival Republic, said he hopes his pilot will play a key role in putting outdoor events back on the calendar this year.
“Once they get into the show, they can party like it’s 2019,” he said. “You can feel that the burden of the last 12 months, the last 15 months, has just been lightened a bit. “
Sunday’s line-up in a purpose-built tent consisted of three acts: local singer-songwriter Zuzu, budding indie band The Lathums and headliners Blossoms.
Heading the event was an honor, said Blossoms singer Tom Ogden: “It’s been 413 days since we last performed on stage… It’s been a long time and we’re delighted to be here. “
Lasting less than six hours and with a 10 p.m. curfew, the festival was a far cry from the multi-day hedonism of larger events like Glastonbury, but attendees said there was nowhere else they would prefer to be.
“Let’s enjoy life, let’s get back to normal! Said Harry Smith, a 25-year-old worker.
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