It’s been a whirlwind of a year but things are certainly starting to look up! April saw the lifting of some more lockdown restrictions, including non-essential retail and the opening of outdoor pubs and restaurants. The month also saw the launch of a new Events Research Programme. Led by the UK Government, the ERP will use a range of trial events across the country to gauge how large events can resume safely this summer. As events, festivals and nightclubs have been unable to welcome thousands of attendees for over a year, the programme aims to explore how these sectors can open up again without the severe risk of infections increasing. The pilot events will use several approaches to social distancing, ventilation and test-on-entry protocols to gather as much data as possible before finalising the lifting of restrictions. Liverpool has been picked as one of the key cities for trialling the events, and public events have already been announced for this summer and later in the year.
With the UK’s coronavirus situation continuing to become under control, we wanted to take a look at some of the Covid-friendly events and festivals coming to Liverpool over the next few weeks and months throughout 2021. We will talk about some of the upcoming events as part of the Events Research Programme as well as public events that are scheduled for beyond the June date of lockdown completely ending.
Please remember, the pandemic is not over yet and there are still restrictions in place. As such, you should follow the rules and guidelines set by the organisers. Rules may vary, especially if the event is part of a trial. The situation continues to be ever-changing and the following planned festivals may change if restrictions are put back in place. This article is currently accurate and up-to-date as of April 2021.
The Good Business Festival (Pilot Event)
One of the first events as part of the Events Research Programme in our city is The Good Business Festival. The event is due to take place on 28th April at the ACC Liverpool, marking the city’s first business conference in over a year. 1,000 people will be able to attend the indoor event. It will feature insightful talks on the theme of ‘Change Business for Good’, as well as comedy from a range of comedians.
Circus Nightclub (Pilot Event)
The nightlife industry is a sector that has been particularly damaged from Covid-19. Due to associated high levels of risk, nightclubs have been unable to operate as normal since March 2020. However, next up on the pilot event schedule is the return of Liverpool’s nightlife in a very long time! On April 30th, 3,000 people will be able to attend the indoor Circus Nightclub in Bramley-Moor Dock. Titled ‘The First Dance’, it will mark the return of nightlife without the need for social distancing or face coverings. The lineup is set to include The Blessed Madonna, Lewis Boardman, and Jayda G.
Festival Republic (Pilot Event)
The above two events are significant breakthroughs in allowing the return of indoor events, but we can’t forget the outdoors where transmission is considerably lower! The Festival Republic gig is set to take place at Liverpool’s iconic Sefton Park on May 2nd. Face coverings and social distancing won’t be required. The live festival will feature performances from Blossoms, The Lathums and Zuzu.
Luna Outdoor Cinema (Pilot Event)
For the final pilot event, we have the Luna Outdoor Cinema which will take place between 14th-16th May on the Liverpool waterfront. 1,000 people will be able to attend this outdoor event and masks, social distancing and the rule of 6 won’t be applied. Attendees will be able to enjoy a range of films including The Greatest Showman, Dirty Dancing and Bohemian Rhapsody while enjoying cold beers and delicious food.
The Return of Football Fans
Okay, this isn’t quite an individual event, but it’s exciting nonetheless! Football has undoubtedly missed the attendance of its loyal supporters. Without fans in stadiums, matches have appeared quite soulless and lethargic. There can now be no doubting the fact that the atmosphere created by supporters is what makes the game exciting as it can be. From May 17, up to 10,000 fans (or 25% capacity) will be allowed back in Anfield Stadium and Goodison Park to watch their beloved Liverpool FC and Everton FC play. While this is scheduled for the very end of the Premier League season, the league has agreed to re-schedule the remaining two fixtures so clubs will have the advantage of home fans for the last two matches of the season. Better year, recent news suggests that the Government is also considering up to 500 away fans for the fixtures. Should things go to plan, full stadiums will hopefully be allowed from June 21st.
Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae
The Positive Vibration festival organisers have announced that their rescheduled event will be focussed on the ‘Festival of Reggae’. The family-friendly festival will feature live performances from a diverse range of acts, including The Twinkle Brothers, Hollie Cook, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Zio Train, and many more! Kids under 12 will receive free admission and there will be a selection of fun and exciting workshops available. Positive Vibration will take place at the Baltic Triangle on 10th-11th September 2021.
Liverpool’s biggest live music festival is finally back! Coming to the Baltic Triangle on 1st-3rd October, Sound City 2021 promises to continue promoting some of the most exciting breakthrough artists. Acts that have been announced so far include The Snuts, Lanterns of the Lake, Hellow Delaware and Red Rum Club. More acts and announcements will be made in the coming months.
If you are a festival or event organiser, we know that it’s been too long since you’ve been doing what you love and what makes millions of people so happy. Make sure that you are fully prepared to get back into the fold! To create the perfect event setting, you may want to consider an effective staging scaffolding solution from a local Liverpool scaffolding company such as Intelligent Scaffolding, as well as effective festival security solutions.
We’ll Be Back Soon
We’ve missed all your lovely faces! Whether old or new customers, we can’t wait to see you all again on our City Explorer buses. With lockdown continuing to ease, that time isn’t too far away now! We are currently finalising the details of when and how our tour buses will return to action. Stay tuned for more information soon – see you on board!