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Thousands of revellers without face coverings danced shoulder-to-shoulder to live music for the first time in more than a year at a pilot music festival.

Around 5,000 people packed into Sefton Park in Liverpool on Sunday for the outdoor gig that included performances from Blossoms, The Lathums and Liverpool singer-songwriter Zuzu.

Everyone had to produce negative Covid tests to enter the event but did not have to wear face coverings or follow social distancing rules.

It is hoped that these test events will pave the way for festivals and venues across the country to reopen for mass gatherings.

Fans arrive
Gig-goers arriving in style
Claire McColgan and Melvin Benn
An emotional moment for event organisers
The Big Top
The largest crowd to gather for over a year makes history
Zuzu opened the show
Local singer Zuzu opened the show
Zuzu talks about how she feels after her first festival performance in over a year
Blowing bubbles
Only one type of bubble needed here…
The Lathums
The Lathums take to the stage
The ultimate sing-along

This is a chance for us to prove that you can do events safely. That you can do them well. You can work with brilliant partners like Festival Republic, the Good Business Festival and Circus and we can get this economy up and running really safely.

Claire McColgan, Director of Culture Liverpool
A Honey Sweet moment for Blossoms
Blossoms feel the love

It’s not about vaccines, it’s not about passports, it’s not about limiting it to a section of society only: it’s about a universal approach to our love of live music for all and demonstrating we can do it safely.

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic
Excited fants
It’s good to be back
Blossoms talk about being back in Liverpool

Pilot events – what happens next?

We caught up with scientific researchers Professor Iain Buchan, Professor Marta Garcia-Finana and Dr Michael Humann from the University of Liverpool to find out what they hope to achieve.

Liverpool Waterfront