COVID Event News & Updates

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Keep up to date with the latest event industry news in light of COVID-19 and the everchanging rules and regulations. 

Sleaford Mods
Sleaford Mods will curate their own all-day event at Crystal Palace’s South Facing Festival this summer.
Fieldlab Events, an organisation that is spearheading a ‘Back To Live’ series of test events in the Netherlands has been given permission by the Dutch Government to increase the capacity of a festival test event to 10,000.
WCE logo featuring some of the celebs that backed the campaign
The team behind #WeCreateExperiences has revealed that its celebrity endorsed B2C campaign achieved more than 2.3m post impressions since launching in March.
Festival crowd
Large-scale live events will begin cancelling within days if the UK government does not agree to underwrite a protective insurance scheme, reports The Times.
Chair of the Cross Association Event Industry HR Group, Raj Pragji
The Association of Event Venues (AEV), Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) have announced that their members’ “heads up” well-being toolkit has been made available to the public as a free resource.
The Al-Abbas Islamic Centre has so far administered 15,000 vaccines in the Balsall Heath area
An Islamic centre in Birmingham is to offer Covid-19 vaccinations in the hours of darkness to encourage people fasting during Ramadan to get the jab.
The Murder Capital perform in the Pink Room of Yes, Manchester. CREDIT: Visionhaus
Live music fans are needed to take part in a short survey to help the industry bring about the safe return of gigs as the UK reopens after lockdown.
Young Thug performs live in 2018. CREDIT: John Parra/Getty Images for Live Nation
Live Nation and streaming platform Veeps, the latter of which was co-founded by Good Charlotte’s Joel and Benji Madden, have partnered up to install livestreaming set-ups at more than 60 US venues that are frequently visited by acts on tours.
Forum Birmingham (Picture: Press)
A newly renovated music venue in Birmingham, Forum Birmingham, is set to officially open in the summer.
Edinburgh Fringe (Picture: Getty)
The annual event, which is renowned as being the world’s largest arts festival, was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium has been granted permission by Brent Council to host up to nine additional major non-sporting events per event calendar year.
Stage at Tallin Music Week 2019
Estonian festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) has been postponed from its previously announced June dates to 29 September – 3 October.
Immunisation record card
Introducing Covid status certificates to help reopen society risks discriminating against some groups, the UK equality watchdog has warned.
Shambala festival 2019 Photo credit: Louise Roberts
As a totally independent festival, even with the amazing support you lot have shown us over the last year and the Cultural Recovery Fund grant we received, without government backed insurance a last minute cancellation would risk the very future of Shambala.
Hampden Park
Scotland’s Hampden Park (cap. 51,866) has been given the go-ahead to host four games at a quarter of its full capacity at this summer’s postponed European Football Championship.
Stagehand logo reads "Over £1 million raised and counting"
UK live event production charity Stagehand, which was set up by the Production Services Association and has raised more than £1m to support live event workers, said it has opened a fifth application window for its Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund.
Revellers in the outdoor area of London's Colour Factory
London club Colour Factory is opening a new 300-capacity outdoor area called Colour Garden this Friday, April 16.
Illustration of tube train crashing into a disco ball
London’s Night Tube service won’t return until 2022 which could be a major blow to the capital’s night time economy as it reopens in the wake of COVID-19.
James Linder of The Eagle in Norwich
A pub landlord "happy" to be able to reopen has warned customers not to try to bend Covid restrictions by booking extra tables.
Piccadilly Records in Manchester (Picture: Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images)
Record stores across the UK have reopened for in-person trading this morning (April 12) as a number of coronavirus-enforced restrictions have been lifted.
EIF
Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), the performing arts festival, has revealed details of a reimagined festival for 2021, taking place from August 7-29
Lethal Bizzle performs at MADE Festival 2019
More than half (56%) of western European eventgoers intend to go to more events post-pandemic than before restrictions began
Anoushka Shankar
WOMAD, a festival renowned for staging a diverse array of artists from far-flung corners of the world, has announced an initiation line-up of UK-based acts that are scheduled to play the event this year.
Boats
British Marine, organiser of the Southampton International Boat Show has announced its line up of exhibitors that will be at the event from 10-19 September 2021.
Police barrier blocking party-goer
More than 100 cars attended the free party held on a site on Vaga Hill in the village of Dorstone.
Groups of people sat at tables outside bars in the Northern Quarter of central Manchester
For the first time in months, pub gardens, shops and hairdressers have reopened in England, as rules were also eased in the rest of the UK.
Pub-goers at Luna Springs, Digbeth
Drinkers said they were "literally loving" being able to enjoy their first night out at a pub in months.
Solicitor Emily Sanderson was one of the first people to receive the Moderna vaccine in England
England is giving out its first doses of the Moderna jab, the third Covid-19 vaccine in the nation's rollout.
London Stadium
A new event space has arrived at London Stadium just in time for the summer 2021 event season.
Motofest
MotoFest Coventry will switch from its traditional date on the first weekend in June, to a new “MotoFest Month 2021” programme. Stretched out across the four weekends, from July 17 to August 8, 2021.
Grace Jones (Picture: Andrea Klarin / Press)
Graces Jones’ Meltdown Festival has been rescheduled for a second time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Glastonbury Festival
An application from Glastonbury Festival for a temporary campsite on Worthy Farm this summer has been approved.
Drive-in cinema screen with cars present
The Government has given the green light for some public outdoor events to take place from today, 12 April, including drive-in cinemas and drive-in performance events
EventsAIR OnAIR 3D mode on laptop
EventsAIR has announced the release of its latest version of its digital and hybrid event solution OnAIR. With its latest release, EventsAIR will introduce a 3D environment to the platform.
London skyline
Hotel Week London will take place from 28 May to 6 June, organisers MMGY Global have confirmed. Guests will be able to book to stay at any time during this week to redeem offers and rates, with bookings available from 12 April.
Woman wearing a mask and scrubs extracts covid19 vaccine from a vial
More than 400,000 second doses of Covid vaccines have been given in the UK for the fourth consecutive day, according to the latest government data.
Drinkers wrapped up warm for an early drink at the Fox on the Hill pub in London
For the first time in months, pub gardens, shops and hairdressers are reopening in England, as rules are also eased in the rest of the UK.
East London youth dance company
Organisers of the Arts and Culture Impact Fund has called for more applications after it announced its first £1m of loan funding to the sector.
Las Vegas festival crowd
Insomniac Events founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella said the company’s flagship festival, the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas, will take place in May with an expected daily attendance of 125,000 per day.
Honey Dijon
The organisers of Glastonbury Festival have announced a ticketed virtual event called Live At Worthy Farm.
Rapid testing kits alongside a face mask
The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has surveyed 700 businesses in the Night-Time Economy about Covid Status Certification.
Foals headlining Truck Festival in 2019
Bombay Bicycle Club, The Kooks, and Royal Blood will headline the rescheduled Truck Festival, organisers have said.
The Wales Millennium Centre
A decision on vaccine passports needs to be made "urgently", according to the artistic director of the Wales Millennium Centre.
Arsenal football game
The UK's leading sports bodies are backing the use of 'vaccine passports' and Covid testing as a "credible" means of allowing full capacities at venues.
Woman wearing a mask in a vaccination centre
Covid-19 vaccination centres could be "left short" as volunteers return to regular work, a pharmacist has warned.
Some 70% of Association of Independent Festival (AIF) members who applied were successful in the second round of Culture Recovery Fund.
Laura Davidson
Laura Davidson, the former All Points East festival (cap. 40,000) booker who helped launch Goldenvoice UK in 2014 as head of artist bookings, has launched AMIGAS – a female-managed consultancy offering services including artist development, event curation and live event strategy.
Judith Sloane
Meet Cambridge has launched ‘Ready For You’ in partnership with more than 40 of its member venues to encourage people to plan ahead for events
Five aircrafts in the sky leaving a trail of coloured smoke behind them
The Sunderland Airshow has again been cancelled amid ongoing fears over the coronavirus.

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