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Reading & Leeds festival attendees will likely need a vaccine passport to attend this year’s event

Boss Melvin Benn of Reading & Leeds Festival says attendees will ​“almost certainly” need a vaccine passport to be able to attend this year’s event



As events last year were cancelled due to obvious reasons, the re-introduction of music festivals this summer has been a tantalising prospect. Now, we’ve had the first glimpse of what this year’s UK festival season could look like. 

Melvin Benn, boss of Reading & Leeds festival has announced that punters will “almost certainly” need a vaccine passport – or at least some form of proof to say they’re not infected with the virus – to be able to attend.

Despite Reading & Leeds already selling out, earlier this month Reading council stated that “nothing has been agreed” in regards to the plausibility of the festival taking place this August. Benn however is adamant that the event will go ahead in line with the UK government’s roadmap out of lockdown that permits large gatherings from June 21 onwards.

On top of the vaccine passport, the festival site will host a dedicated Covid medical director and team. The festival may also be tied to the same safety precautions as bars and restaurants. 

Although this year’s festival landscape still isn’t set in stone, Benn explains the reason behind his optimistic view:  “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.’

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

This year will see Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and Queens of the Stone Age headline the main stages.