Inside the UK's COVID pilot festival

This is a party like 2019 as part of the UK COVID Festival Experiment.
[Party goers]
"Big Ups Liverpool for the first non-socially distant event in the country."
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[Party goers]
"We're just excited, we're all excited. We're all close to tears and ready to go in."
[Party goers]
“I literally spent three weeks preparing for this outfit. That's how long I've honestly decided what to drink and what to wear.
Live music returned to the birthplace of the Beatles when a one-of-a-kind music festival was held in the English city of Liverpool.
5,000 odd people have given up face covering and social distancing rules in the name of science and music.
[Party goers]
"It just feels so good, so amazing, it's been too long."
[Party goers]
"It's so strange, honestly, to come here and see just the few thousand people who are already here. I mean, I think there are 5,000 people here today. So it's just weird to see people who aren't Wear masks and just enjoy yourself.
Lead singer of the band, Blossoms, Tom Ogden.
[Blossoms lead singer, Tom Ogden] "It's been 413 days since we last played in Bournemouth on March 15th last year, so it's been a long time and we're happy to be here and it is an honor to be asked to do so today. "
[Singer of the band Blossoms on stage, Tom Ogden]
"You're going to have the best night you've had in a very, very long time."
The event took place in a specially erected tent.
Guests had to arrive after taking a negative COVID-19 test and promise to retest at 10 p.m. five days after the curfew.
[Party goers]
There were precautionary measures, COVID testing and it was made sure that everyone, you know, before we even got into the search area, people made sure you tested negative. "
[Party goers]
"It almost feels a little uncomfortable. But I just feel so happy that it goes on and people ..."
It's a far cry from the multi-day events like Glastonbury from years past.
However, the data obtained from this will be used by the government's events research program to understand the impact of crowds on the spread of the virus in the hopes that larger events could return.
Festival director, Melvin Benn.
[Director of the Festival Republic, Melvin Benn]
"Just the joy on everyone's face, you know, the plumbers, the electricians, the stage builders, the lighting teams, the sound teams. Everyone just wants to go back to work and you can feel that the burden of the last twelve months has been the last fifteen months little raised, with the expectation that this might be real. "
[Party goers]
"Let's enjoy life. Let's get back to normal!"

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