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Sefton Park to host Covid test music festival event


Music fans are being invited to attend a special festival evening as part of a Liverpool project to research Covid-safe cultural events.

People who attend the Sefton Park Pilot concert on May 2 must present evidence that they have had a negative lateral flow Covid test within 24 hours before the event but once there they won’t have to wear a mask or socially distance.

Only people aged 18 and over who are from the Liverpool City Region and registered with a local GP are eligible to buy tickets for the event which is being produced by Festival Republic.

But anyone who has been advised they are clinically vulnerable, are shielding or living with someone shielding, or pregnant women are not allowed to attend.

Chart-toppers Blossoms (pictured), BBC Radio 6-championed The Lathums and Liverpool singer-songwriter Zuzu are performing.

The evening is part of the national Events Research Programme and while vaccine passports won’t be required, people will be encouraged to complete a PCR test at home on the day and again five days afterwards as part of the study which involves the University of Liverpool.

Liverpool Director of Public Health Matt Ashton said: “Liverpool is renowned for its live music offer and so it makes sense for a gig like this to be part of our pilot programme.

“The evidence we will gather from this one-off event, alongside the rest of the Events Research Programme, will enable us to better understand whether and how the Covid-19 virus spreads when we’re mixing in a busy, outdoor setting, with some control measures in place.

“This data can then be used to help shape how the entire events sector can safely reopen, both locally and nationally. Yet again, Liverpool is leading the way in bringing about change which will genuinely make a difference to people’s lives and livelihoods.”

A series of outdoor cinema screenings on the docks, organised byuna Cinema and taking place from April 23-25, are also part of the scientific project. Film fans can enjoy The Greatest Showman, Dirty Dancing and Bohemian Rhapsody on successive nights.

The same Covid test requirements and criteria apply,

Tickets for the Sefton Park event on May 2 are restricted to one per person and cost £29.50 HERE

Tickets for the Luna Cinema on the Waterfront are £15 and are also restricted to one per person. More details HERE


Photo top: Blossoms. ©Festival Republic