Live music is back in Liverpool as part of a music festival experiment to test the spread of COVID-19.
The city has hosted a unique music festival to help test whether large-scale events are spreading the virus. About 5,000 people gathered without covering their faces or established social distancing rules. As you know, like any concert before 2020. Attendees tested negative for COVID-19 upon entry and agreed to be tested again five days after the festival.
The UK government’s juvenile research program will use the data to help understand the crowd’s impact on the spread of the virus. However, many of the attendees at the festival in Sefton Park weren’t worried about the science behind the concert. “It’s so good, so cool,” said a 19-year-old student.
Melvin Bean, Managing Director of Festival Republic, says he hopes to help the pilot get outdoor events back on track this year. “Once they get into the show, they can party like 2019,” says Bean. “You can feel that the burden of the past 12 months, the last 15 months, has been eased a little.”
The list of performances at Liverpool’s Unique Music Festival included local singer-songwriter Zozo, Indy The Lathoms, and major performances by Blossoms. Blossoms captain Tom Odgen said the Pilot Festival’s main title was in his honor.
“It has been 413 days since we last got onto the stage,” he told the participants on stage. “It’s been a long time since we are so happy to be here.” The event was still on a small scale compared to multi-day events like Glastonbury. But it is the first step in getting the UK back on the right track to hosting music festivals again.
The music festival lasted less than six hours and included a 22-hour curfew. It’s definitely a more conservative approach to most music festivals, but it will be interesting to see the results. A huge motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota is believed to have been a spectacular event in the United States last year.
Motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the United States came to attend the week-long event which included live performances, a music festival and plenty of opportunities for the coronavirus to spread among the nearly 700,000 people.
Dr Fauci has publicly stated that large-scale events may wake up once 70 to 80 percent of the population is inoculated. Immunization rates are slowing in the United States, as are infection rates.