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UK festivals 2021: Line-ups confirmed for this summer, from Parklife, Reading and Leeds to Creamfields

With news of the Government’s roadmap for exiting lockdown, festival organisers are hopeful that some events may go ahead this summer.

In 2020, the pandemic made our hopes of hopping from festival to festival throughout the summer little more than a fantasy.

But now, with the arrival of the Government’s roadmap for exiting lockdown, published on February 22, there is hope that we could return to something close to normality this year

The roadmap laid out a number of rule changes for the country over the coming weeks and months, and there are a few key dates regarding festivals:

  • From May 17 at the earliest, indoor venues will be allowed to host performances with a capacity of either 1,000 people or half-full, whichever is lower. At outdoor venues, the capacity increases to 4,000 or half-full, whichever is lower. In “the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out”, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend, or quarter-full, whichever is lower.
  • From June 21 at the earliest, all social distancing rules are set to be removed, which seemingly signals a green light for festivals of all sizes to return.
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There are still some question marks though: will festival organisers have to provide Covid tests for all attendees? Or will only vaccinated people be allowed to go? Many organisers have also raised the need for a government-backed cancellation insurance programme, which would let them plan their events without fear of losing money if the pandemic doesn’t recede as hoped, and they’re forced to cancel.
Otherwise, tickets are on sale now, and if you’re wondering whether or not to buy, remember that you’ll be entitled to a refund if the event no longer goes ahead as planned, or if the dates are changed, which they may well be. Just make sure you buy from the official retailer, otherwise your consumer rights might be jeopardised.

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