A live rock festival seems at odds with the government’s decision to delay lifting the restrictions, but that’s exactly what’s happening as of today as Download Pilot takes place in Donington Park.
This is the latest test to collect data on the impact of live events on the spread of the coronavirus.
But for some it will be too late – figures from the Association of Independent Festivals show that a third of UK festivals have already been canceled this year.
Others are reflecting on their position after the proposed date for lifting the restrictions was pushed back to July 19.
Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic – which also hosts other events including Reading, Leeds and Latitude – said this weekend’s event is an important step in keeping the season alive.
He added: “I think it will strengthen and build on the data we already have from Liverpool events in particular.
“I know the data that came out of that was really great, really solid.
“We wouldn’t have advanced this weekend if the data hadn’t been solid. They would have stopped us, instead, they gave us permission.
“The data we get from here [Download Pilot] I think I’m just going to build and build so that everything from July 19th can truly be open without restriction. “
Some 10,000 people will be in Donington Park to see bands such as Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes and Bullet For My Valentine.
Ticket holders are encouraged to provide proof that they have tested negative for the virus before being allowed on the site.
For most of the bands in the line-up, this is the first time they’ve performed in front of a live audience in over a year.
“Not being able to do the tour side of things, it’s like half of our life has just …
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