Music festivals across the UK should be able to resume by summer 2021.
The UK has officially become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer vaccine and it’s giving us all hope for a brighter 2021. Fingers crossed banana bread, zoom parties, and home workouts will soon be a thing of the past. Music festivals all over the world were cancelled this year thanks to Covid-19, including Glastonbury Festival’s 50th anniversary and all of Manchester’s Parklife. Nevertheless, there is some light at the end of the lockdown tunnel as festival season in the UK should be able to resume as usual next year.
According to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the vaccine will allow us to have “a summer that everybody can enjoy.” Rigorous clinical trials suggest it offers up to 95% protection against the virus, and will be made available across the country in just a matter of days. While it will undoubtedly take some time to distribute – with the most vulnerable member of the population in line to receive it first – Hancock is confident this will be our golden ticket back to normalcy. If everything goes according to plan, the immunisations will result in a full summer of music festivals in 2021.
On BBC Breakfast this morning, Hancock said “2020 has been just awful and 2021 is going to be better. Help is on its way with the vaccine, we can now say that with certainty.”
He continued: “We’re going to have a summer next year that everybody can enjoy. Between now and then we’ve got to hold our resolve. We passed the tiering arrangements through the Commons with a big majority last night. Let’s all respect the restrictions we have to live our lives in for now.”
While it’s early days, Hancock is hopeful that we’ll be able to live our best lives next summer – and so are we.