LONDON — British music’s main prize evening subsequent month will characteristic an viewers of 4,000 folks, in what would be the first main indoor music occasion within the nation to welcome again a reside viewers because the coronavirus pandemic erupted greater than a 12 months in the past.
The Brit Awards stated Thursday that the Might 11 occasion at London’s 02 Area has been picked to be a part of the federal government’s easing of coronavirus restrictions following a pointy drop in new circumstances within the U.Okay.
As a part of the federal government’s reside occasions pilot program, viewers members attending the ceremony received’t should socially distance and even put on face coverings as soon as seated. As a substitute, they might want to present proof of a detrimental coronavirus take a look at consequence to enter the venue and be required to offer particulars to check and hint authorities in addition to comply with the steering whereas travelling to and from the venue.
Organizers stated they’re freely giving 2,500 tickets to important staff from the Better London space to mark their work by way of “the tough instances” of the pandemic.
“This has been a protracted powerful 12 months for everybody and I’m delighted the evening will honour the important thing employee heroes who’ve cared for us so effectively throughout that point and proceed to take action,” stated singer/songwriter Dua Lipa, who is about to carry out on the occasion. “They’re fairly merely an inspiration.”
Although the U.Okay. has Europe’s highest coronavirus loss of life toll of greater than 127,000, restrictions are slowly being eased following a pointy fall in new infections within the wake of a stringent lockdown and the speedy rollout of vaccines.
As a part of that easing of restrictions, which has already seen colleges reopen and pubs allowed to serve food and drinks in out of doors settings, the federal government is trialing methods to permit audiences again at indoor cultural occasions.
The Occasions Analysis Programme is how venues can restart giant occasions and welcome crowds again safely this summer season, by which era the federal government hopes lots of the curbs which were in place since final March may have been ditched.
Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden stated this 12 months’s awards will probably be notably particular as they are going to “reunite reside audiences with one of the best of British expertise for the primary time in a 12 months, whereas offering a significant alternative to see how we will get giant crowds again safely as quickly as doable.”
Along with Dua Lipa, organizers stated Griff, Arlo Parks and Headie One are among the many artists scheduled to carry out in the course of the ceremony, which will probably be hosted by comic Jack Whitehall.
“Not solely will we be celebrating the sensible music and artists which have helped us by way of the pandemic, however we hope it should present a path for the return of reside music that followers and artists have so sorely missed,” stated Geoff Taylor, the chief govt of the British Phonographic Business and of the Brit Awards.
“We’re buzzing in regards to the present and dealing intently with authorities,” he added.
The announcement comes after the Grammy Awards hosted a 2021 version in Los Angeles, which noticed nominees and performers, together with Harry Kinds and Beyonce, attend in particular person however with no reside viewers.
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