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Reading And Leeds Festival Will Go Ahead This Year, Organisers Confirm

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Reading And Leeds Festival Will Go Ahead This Year, Organisers Confirm

The organisers of Reading and Leeds Festival have confirmed the events WILL be going ahead this year.

The news was confirmed by festival organised in a tweet following the government's announcement of the relaxation of lockdown rules.

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

Reading and Leeds Fests will run as usual (Credit: PA Images)
Reading and Leeds Fests will run as usual (Credit: PA Images)
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The festivals will take place on the August bank holiday and confirmed headliners include Stormzy, Post Malone, Lewis Capaldi, Liam Gallagher, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Disclosure, and Queens Of The Stone Age.

Reading and Leeds are among some of the UK's best loved and longest running festivals, with news they are going ahead likely to provide a boost for music lovers missing live performances.

The news comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the 'roadmap' to ease England out of its current lockdown against the ongoing spread of coronavirus, with a four-step programme seeing a slow open of the country's services and venues.

Reading and Leeds will run on the August bank holiday, it was confirmed (Credit: Twitter)
Reading and Leeds will run on the August bank holiday, it was confirmed (Credit: Twitter)
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He explained that, should infection rates continue to fall and the vaccination programme continue at the same rate, the country will be free of all social distancing restrictions by 21st June - meaning we should hopefully enjoy our summer as if we would have done pre-pandemic.

However, news of lockdown easing has come too late for some festivals, with Glastonbury 2021 unfortunately cancelled for another year as organisers were struggling to make concrete plans.

Glasto 2021 was expected to take place between 23rd and 27th June, however, it is thought the huge amount of resources needed to organise the event could not be spared during the ongoing pandemic.

Glastonbury was cancelled for 2021
Glastonbury was cancelled for 2021
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The news was confirmed by festival organiser Emily Eavis, who announced the cancellation on Twitter.

"With great regret, we must announce that this year's Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and this will be another enforced fallow year," the statement read.

"In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down."

Those who have already paid deposits for the festival now have the chance to roll them over for 2022, with the organisers promising they can "deliver something really special" when Glastonbury can finally return.

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Topics: UK News, Summer, Music

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