THE organisers of Reading and Leeds have said that their 2021 festivals will be going ahead.

The news comes after Boris Johnson published England’s roadmap out of lockdown which stated that the UK government plans to remove all legal limits on social contact by 21 June.

In a post on Reading and Leeds festivals’ official Twitter page, organisers said: “Following the government’s recent announcement, we can’t wait to get back to the fields this summer. LET’S GO.”

The festival is set to take place take place in its traditional August Bank Holiday weekend slot, which this year falls between 27 and 29 August.

This year will also be the first time the festival hosts six headliners, across two main stages with Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Post Malone, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Queens of The Stone Age all confirmed to play.

The last time the festivals took place was in 2019 – with a capacity of over 100,000 people per day at the Reading site. Organisers have yet to announce any detailed plans for the event.

Back in January, Glastonbury was cancelled for the second year running. Organisers Michael and Emily Eavis said despite “efforts to move Heaven & Earth”, the 2021 festival at Worthy Farm would not go ahead, and tickets would again roll over to the following year.

Outdoor large performances with a maximum of 4,000 people will be allowed in England from 17 May as part of Step Three of their roadmap.  The UK government will then “aim to remove all legal limits on social contact” by June 21.

However, this is all dependent on coronavirus cases, deaths and hospital admissions continuing to fall.

Reading & Leeds are the first festival to announce that they will be going head. Other events which take place ahead of 21 June including Isle of Wight and Download are yet to confirm their return.

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