UK hosts 5,000-person maskless experimental concert
When can we get together in large crowds like in a festival setting? Organizers in Liverpool, England recently took another step towards finding an answer to this question by hosting an experimental maskless concert with 5,000 participants breaking social distancing protocol.
That said, it should be noted that the concert in question is only allowed to customers who had tested negative for Covid-19 before entry and had agreed to be tested again five days after the concert. Ticket holders were asked to take a lateral flow test at a local testing center prior to entry. Additionally, participants were asked to provide their contact details to NHS testing and traceability to ensure they could be reached if someone tested positive.
The data collected from the participants was designed to help the UK Events Research Program understand the effects of crowds on the spread of the virus during such mass gatherings.
The event was held in a purpose-built tent with the headliner of indie-rock band Blossoms and local singer-songwriter Zuzu and indie band The Lathums opened according to ABC News in Australia. In total, the concert lasted six hours.
“You don’t want to go back and it happens and then something happens and we have to go back, do you know what I mean, 10 steps,” said Blossoms batsman Joe Donavan.
Singer-guitarist Tom Ogden added: “Yeah, we’ve waited so long now, I think if people … if they said … I think at some point I would have been willing to wait until next year if they could have guaranteed we would be back. So, you know, we’re in no rush to just, you know, open it up too fast. I think it’s better to do it like Joe said so, as we do now. ”The group posted footage from the show to their Instagram account as can be seen below.
This actually marked the second experiment conducted to determine the viability of mass rally events as the world begins to open up in a post-vaccine environment. Also in Liverpool last week, around 3,000 people between the ages of 18 and 20 attended a warehouse rave without masks or social distancing restrictions.
At the time of going to press, the results of the shows had not been released.
Currently in England, a maximum of six people are allowed to assemble outdoors, with that number expected to rise to gatherings of 30 by May 17.