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Tramlines confirms festival will go ahead as part of pilot scheme

Tramlines organisers have confirmed that this year’s festival WILL go ahead as part of the Government’s third phase of the Events Research Programme (ERP) pilot scheme.

The Government’s most recent announcement which delayed the easing of current restrictions until at least 19 July had thrown this year’s event into doubt, but following speculation in the past week we can now confirm the event will go ahead as scheduled on 23-25 July.

Giles Smith

Tramlines’ participation in the programme means the festival can go ahead independently of national reopening dates and the audience will be able to enjoy the event without compulsory social distancing or masks.

At the entrance to the festival, ticket holders (except children under 11) will be asked for proof of EITHER:

  • A negative COVID result from a lateral flow test taken within the previous 48 hours.
  • Two vaccination doses, with the second received at least 14 days before

Tramlines Operations Director, Timm Cleasby said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to confirm that Tramlines 2021 is going ahead, having accepted the government’s invitation to join the Events Research Programme.

“This means we have a proven framework to follow, which at previous events has shown that festivals can be enjoyed at no more risk than other activities. Once inside, there will be no need for social distancing and no one will have to wear a mask if they don’t want to.”

“We would like to express our solidarity with those festivals which have not been able to go ahead this year and those which are still seeking clarity. It is very important to us that clear guidance is made available quickly to the entire event community so that as many festivals as possible can go ahead with confidence this summer.

“Huge ticket sales across the sector show how keen fans are to come to our events and we want to help reassure them that we can welcome them back safely.”

Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage added:”I know how desperately people want to get back to festivals, which is why they’re a hugely important part of our Events Research Programme.

“As we continue to work towards live events reopening fully on July 19th, this year’s Tramlines festival will provide more vital scientific evidence and allow us to trial Covid certification, building on what we’ve learnt from our successful Sefton Park and Download events.”

All ticket holders will be contacted by Tramlines’ event ticketing partner Gigantic via email by Thursday 1st July with further details. Ahead of the event, ticket holders will also be emailed to provide contact information for themselves and anyone they have bought tickets for.

Anyone who has purchased a ticket but does not wish to take part will be able to roll over their ticket to Tramlines 2022 at no extra cost or receive a refund for the face value of their ticket.

More information, including how to show proof of vaccination or a negative test, is available at www.tramlines.org.uk/info/faqs.

For more information: Tramlines 2021 lineup here.




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