Reading + Leeds Festival Sells Out Despite Coronavirus Fears

The much-loved Reading + Leeds festival announced on 24 February that the three day event will go ahead this year despite Coronavirus fears. 

Just one day after the initial announcement it was reported that Reading Festival is now sold out with only limited Friday and Sunday tickets left for Leeds.

The festival, which usually takes place over the August bank holiday weekend and features some of the biggest names in music over two simultaneous sites, was forced to cancel last year due to the ongoing pandemic. 

The announcement follows after the government released its latest ‘roadmap’ to ease out of lockdown. The plan — which depends on data rather than dates – sets out for a hopeful summer with all legal social distancing rules and restrictions on large events to be lifted no earlier than 21 June. 

Fans were very clearly ecstatic at the announcement and took to social media to celebrate the news.

Even Manchester’s finest Liam Gallagher, who is set to headline one of the two main stages across the weekend, took to Twitter to express his joy.

However, with the pandemic still an ongoing matter, some were not best pleased with the decision for the festival to go ahead and claim it is still too early.

Glastonbury Festival had already made the  decision earlier this year to not go ahead for the second time leaving music fans devastated. There is still six months yet until Reading + Leeds is set to take place and as we have all witnessed over the past few months things can change quite rapidly. 

Although, festival boss Melvin Benn seems fairly confident that things will go as planned in his most recent interview with BBC Radio 1.Along with Liam, stars such as Stormzy, Post Malone, Queens of the Stoneage and Lewis Capaldi will all be hitting the stages in August after their break from live music.

Moments after Reading + Leeds made the joyful announcement to fans their website to purchase tickets temporarily crashed due to an influx of visitors. It certainly is something to look forward to, but after a year of broken promises and developing changes could this be too good to be true?

Words by Jordan Baker


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