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Thousands of music fans flooded Liverpool's Sefton Park to attend the UK's first post-lockdown gig headlined by indie band Blossoms.

In total 5,000 fans have been permitted to attend the gig and are not required to wear masks or socially distance during the event.

The line-up includes Blossoms, The Lathums and Liverpool singer-songwriter Zuzu and the event forms part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP).

Ticketholders had to take a Lateral Flow Test at a community testing site 24 hours before the event and had to produce a negative result to gain entry.

Attendees will then have to take another test five days after the event as part of the ERP's research. 

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Ahead of the event, Festival Republic Managing Director Melvin Benn said: 'This event is not about pushing vaccines or passports, we do not want to limit attendance to our events in any way.

Revellers arriving for a trial music festival in Sefton Park in Liverpool which will be headlined by the indie band Blossoms as part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP)

Revellers arriving for a trial music festival in Sefton Park in Liverpool which will be headlined by the indie band Blossoms as part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP)

In total 5,000 fans have been permitted to attend the gig and are not required to wear masks

In total 5,000 fans have been permitted to attend the gig and are not required to wear masks

Attendees at the gig will not have to socially distanced inside but must have taken a Covid test

Attendees at the gig will not have to socially distanced inside but must have taken a Covid test

'Working with the government we want to create a universal blueprint for reopening and demonstrate we can do it safely. Live music is a vital part of so many people's lives.

'This event is the first step in getting festivals back on track this year. It's about demonstrating our absolute commitment that we can and will open on June 21st.

'We want to get festival fans back at events safely this year. We all need a summer of live music.'

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People involved in the trial do not need to socially distance from strangers nor wear a mask, but must be over 18, live in the Liverpool City region and registered to a GP, and must be showing no signs of Covid-19 symptoms.

The trial events are designed to advance the reopening roadmap's plan to scrap social distancing on June 21.

Crowds of revellers raise their drinks as they dance to the music at a music festival in Sefton Park

Crowds of revellers raise their drinks as they dance to the

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