Reading and Leeds boss on chances of non UK acts playing 2021 festival
Reading and Leeds 2021 is set to happen over the August Bank Holiday, and while the lineup includes lots of home grown talent, there’s also some global stars like Queens of the Stone Age, Girl In Red and more. The question many ticket holders have is, given Covid and the government’s clusterfuck approach to people travelling, will these acts be able to play?
Of course, the situation is no fluid no one can give a definite answer, but festival boss Melvin Benn had told NME
the current state of affairs: “I can’t comment on other festivals, but the international acts that are playing Reading & Leeds are telling me that if it’s safe to come then they’re coming. By safe, we mean safe for the punters. That’s all I know. They’re being very explicit at this point in time. I’m very much looking forward to them fulfilling that.
The reality is that we’re going to have a great line-up and a great festival come what may.”
Indeed, “In fairness, the international acts in the main are going to come from the United States or Ireland. I think the traffic light system will absolutely be green for both of those countries to come here. I’m sure that the traffic light system will definitely be working for the United States because their vaccine programme is actually proving to be as good as ours, if not even better.”
“Certainly by the end of June, the Irish government have committed to a minimum of their population to be vaccinated. When they say that, they mean with both jabs. My feeling is that those acts will absolutely sail through on green traffic lights at that point.”
Which is hopeful.
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