Reading and Leeds festivals will go ahead in August, organisers confirm

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The Reading and Leeds music festivals will go ahead in late August, organisers have confirmed.

Stormzy, Post Malone and Liam Gallagher are confirmed acts to headline the twin events, which will run on the August Bank Holiday weekend from 27-29 August.

It follows the publication of England’s roadmap out of lockdown, which says the government plans to remove all legal limits on social contact by 21 June.

In a post on Reading and Leeds festivals’ official Twitter page, organisers said: “Following the government’s recent announcement, we can’t wait to get back to the fields this summer. LET’S GO.”

They also shared a short video showing festival-goers in previous years, enjoying fairground rides and gathered in large crowds dancing to the music.

Bosses have yet to confirm detailed plans for the events, or to what extent social distancing measures will figure in the organisation of performances.

The festivals had a fallow year in 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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