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Blossoms to headline the first non-socially distanced show in Britain

Blossoms are the headline act at a coronavirus pilot concert at Liverpool’s Sefton Park on May 2nd.

The gig is part of an array of government-organised pilot events in Liverpool as England gradually eases lockdown restrictions. 5,000 fans will attend the May 2nd event. However, punters will need to take a lateral flow COVID-19 test at a local testing centre prior to being admitted into the concert. Organisers have also asked fans to provide another test after the show as the concert will be mask-free, and no social distancing measures will be in place.

Blossoms are joined on the bill by The Lathums and Zuzu. Tickets are limited to a one-ticket-per-person basis, and you have to be a resident of the Liverpool area to gain admission.

Promoters Festival Republic is running the pilot show, and the company also look after Reading & Leeds and Latitude. Boss Melvin Benn said: “Live music is a must have in my life, and a year without it is a year too long. The Sefton Park Pilot is the most important event in the Event Research Programme for getting festivals back this year and I’m delighted to play my part.

“It’s not about vaccines, it’s not about passports, it’s not about limiting it to a section of society only: it’s about a universal approach to our love of live music for all and demonstrating we can do it safely.”

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.”

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