Reading and Leeds Festival 2021 to go ahead in August this summer after Covid lockdown lifts

READING AND Leeds Festival will go ahead this summer after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, it's been confirmed.

The music festival is happening this August bank holiday after Boris Johnson announced that all Covid rules will end after June 21.

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Up until now, festival organisers had stayed under the radar with their plans for a 2021 event.

But following the Government’s roadmap announcement that all lockdown restrictions will be lifted in June, they have confirmed this year’s festival will happen.

The official Twitter account wrote this afternoon: "Reading and Leeds 2021.

"Following the government's recent announcement, we can't wait to get back to the fields this summer.


The festival, which usually attracts thousands of Brits from across the country, will take place from August 27 – 29 this year.

The Reading and Leeds line-up so far features six headliners, including Stormzy, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Post Malone, Disclosure and Liam Gallagher.

And the official website to buy tickets for the weekend seems to have already crashed, following the bombshell announcement.


The events take place simultaneously at sites in Reading and Leeds on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend – sharing the same bill and lineup.

Festival-goers can opt to camp on the grounds or they can buy day tickets to see the live performances.

In 2019, a record number of 105,000 attended the festival – with over 200 artists performing at both locations.

Boris Johnson outlined his plan for unlocking the nation on Monday- which will start in just two weeks' time.

Big events like concerts and sporting events can go ahead after May 17 – with limits on the number of people allowed to attend.

But the key date everyone is waiting for is June 21, when all other restrictions will be lifted.

Lockdown will officially end on this date- meaning that mass events are allowed to take place.

From then on, nightclubs will be allowed to reopen, along with theatre performances.

It is also hoped restrictions on weddings will be scrapped, with a decision due to be taken nearer the time based on the numbers of deaths and the success of the vaccination rollout.

And by the time the festival happens – all adults in Britain should have been vaccinated.

Every adult in the UK could receive both doses of a Covid vaccine by August, or even “sooner if needed,” the head of the vaccine taskforce has said.

Clive Dix, who is in charge of the taskforce which identifies and buys vaccines for the UK government, added he was sure there would not be any problems with supply.

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