Reading & Leeds Festival promoter Melvin Benn told BBC today that the fests will “almost certainly” have a COVID-19 vaccine passport system to help the shows go on this year after 2020’s cancelation, confirming widespread rumors.
Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Post Malone and other will play from August 27-29. Benn said, “I’m taking the prime minister at his word that from June the legal restrictions will be off and as he and the culture secretary said: ‘We are looking forward to a summer of fun’,” Benn said.
“If it is cancelled everyone gets a refund – that’s pretty normal – but I’m certainly anticipating it going ahead.”
Fans will either need to prove they got the vaccine or have a negative COVID test. A COVID medical director and team will be at the festival, and protocols will be in place seen at restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and public places in the last year.
The vaccine passport used will likely beNew York’s ‘Excelsior Pass’ which has been worked on with IBM. It is a free but voluntary platform to show if you’ve tested negative for COVID or been fully vaccinated from the virus through Pfizer, Modern, Johnson and Johnson, and the other companies developing and releasing vaccines worldwide for the population.