Following the government announcing the timeline for the easing of Lockdown restrictions on Monday evening, it seems that the UK 2021 Summer Festival season may be happening after all.

Words By Robyn Cowie

The final stage of lockdown restrictions are set to end on the 21st of June at the earliest, with the removal of all legal limits of social contact. So festivals, nightclubs, full capacity sporting events and mass gathering shall be allowed to take place, restriction free. 

The festival is set to occur over the August bank holiday weekend, 27-29 of August 2021. With the line up including the likes of; Liam Gallager, Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi, AJ Tracey, Two Door Cinema Club, Mabel and Disclosure. 

The announcement that Reading and Leeds is going ahead comes after Glastonbury festival announced in January that it would be cancelling the festival for a second year in a row. The music sector has been hit hard by the pandemic, with the whole industry being forced to shut down due to the inability for live events to occur. 

Reading and Leeds is the first festival to announce its return, but it is expected that other UK festivals may follow suit, due to recent government announcements. It is yet to be confirmed what sort of measures shall be put in place in terms of social distancing at the festival, the last time the festival occurred it saw over 100,000 people attend the festival site. 

The announcement had led to many on social media excited at the return of the UK festival season. This news has been widely received as it is offering people hope for a recovery of the live music scene where gigs, clubs and festivals can open their doors once again. As it has been an industry which has been sorely missed during the pandemic.

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