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Reading & Leeds Festival will require a Covid-vaccine passport system


Reading & Leeds Festival organiser Melvin Benn has announced that he is still confident the twin-festivals will still go ahead over the August Bank Holiday weekend of 27-29th of August, however, he also confirmed that it is highly likely that a Covid-vaccine passport will “almost certainly” be required to allow admittance. 

“I’m taking the prime minister at his word that from June the legal restrictions will be off and as he and the culture secretary said: ‘We are looking forward to a summer of fun’,” Benn said in an interview with the BBC.

Before adding, “If it is cancelled everyone gets a refund – that’s pretty normal – but I’m certainly anticipating it going ahead.”

The fact that the government plans to have life return to normal in the coming months makes it difficult to predict what sort of safety measures will be required at the festival, as the government reassess things during the transition period. 

However, Benn did add that a vaccine passport, similar to the one currently being rolled out in New York and soon to be trailed in Liverpool is likely to be required. 

The iconic festival that has been graced by scintillating sets from Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana and many more in the past will feature the likes of Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and Post Malone. 

More announcements are expected to be made in the coming weeks regarding the matter. For now, you can check out our comprehensive festival guide here.