LIVERPOOL: Thousands danced without face coverings at a music festival in northern England as the UK government permitted the country’s first post-lockdown gig.

A crowd of 5,000 people cheered, danced and sang along to performances from bands including English indie pop act Blossoms at the sold-out event on Sunday at Liverpool’s Sefton Park.

The festival was part of a pilot project by the UK government called the Events Research Programme to test crowd safety at live events ahead of planned lifting of restrictions on June 21. Hu­gging a group of friends outside the concert tent, Matt Berry said they were “getting back to doing normal things that normal people do... finally”.

“I think it is good to get it all started again to test if it can all work for summer, and if it will all go ahead in the summer as well,” said another concert-goer, Freya Begley.

Published in Dawn, May 4th, 2021

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