A 5,000-Person Outdoor Music Festival Was Held Without Masks or Social Distancing to Study How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 music festival for science
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Live music returned to Liverpool in a music festival experiment to test the spread of COVID-19.

The city hosted a one-off music festival to help test whether large-scale events spread the virus. Around 5,000 people gathered together without face coverings or social distancing rules in place. You know, like any concert pre-2020. Attendees tested negative for COVID-19 at the time of admission and agreed to get tested again five days after the festival.

The UK government’s Events Research Programme will use the data to help understand how crowds impact the spread of the virus. Many of the attendees of the festival held in Sefton Park weren’t worried about the science behind the concert, though. “It just feels so good, so amazing; it’s been too long,” said one 19-year-old student.

Melvin Benn, the Managing Director of Festival Republic, says he hopes the pilot project will help get outdoor events back on track this year. “Once they get into the show they can party as though it’s 2019,” Benn says. “You can feel that the burden of the last 12 months, the last 15 months, has just been lifted a little.”

The line-up performing at the one-off music festival in Liverpool included local singer-songwriter Zuzu, indie group The Lathums, and headliners Blossoms. Blossoms lead singer Tom Odgen says headlining the pilot festival was an honor for him.

“It’s been 413 days since we were last on stage, it’s been a long time, and we’re delighted to be here,” he told attendees on stage. The event was still small-scale compared to multi-day events like Glastonbury. But it’s the first step to getting the UK on track to have music festivals again.

The music festival lasted less than six hours and included a 10 pm curfew. That’s definitely a more conservative approach to most music festivals, but it will be interesting to see the results. One gigantic motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota is suspected as being a super spreader event in the United States last year.

Motorcycle enthusiasts came from all over the United States for the week-long event that included live shows, a music festival, and plenty of opportunities for the coronavirus to spread among nearly 700,000 attendees.

Dr. Fauci has gone on record stating that large-scale events will be able to open back up once 70-80% of the population is vaccinated. Vaccination rates are slowing down in the United States, but so are infection rates.

7 Responses

  1. Harv

    You know who said that Sturgis was a “superspreader” event? It was an economist from Bentley University by the name of Dhaval Dave.

    An economist.

    Dave had zero actual data to back up his claim. It was all made up for the sake of propaganda and to scare the public with screaming headlines by the media.

    • Angelito

      Yet, after the fact, science could trace the spread of the virus originating from the Sturgis event.

      The intent was to scare the public? No need. Millions of people getting sick and dying should’ve been enough.

    • Avi

      The study is available here:
      You should not make a claim like “had zero actual data” until you’ve read the study.

      • Harv

        It’s a garbage study.

        He used ‘smartphone data’. He also assumed that a later increase in positive cases in counties from people attending the event were responsible. Wasn’t that when testing was ramping up? Wasn’t that when the purposefully unreliable PCR test was being used?

        There’s no “science” going on here. It’s pure propaganda designed to create noisy headlines and cause fear in the public.

        How many times in the past two or three decades have we seen this kind of junk published in “journals”? This happens all the time. “Vaccines cause autism”, “better take a statin or you’ll die of a heart attack”, or “margarine is healthier than butter”, or The Food Pyramid is accurate. People are suckers and will believe anything told to them by the corporate media.

  2. Dr. Faucibreath

    There are ZERO peer-reviewed studies that show masks had any measurable effect on the spread of the virus. ZERO.

    However, there are numerous peer-reviewed studies that show the virus likely spread more due to the masks because people thought they kept them “safe.”

    You maskholes are stupider than shit.

    • Dr Benway

      Faucibreath is correct.

      Despite dozens of studies being published in major medical journals around the world over the past 20 years, none of the studies indicated that wearing a facial covering prevented virus transmission.

      These are all randomized and controlled studies involving health care professionals, too. They didn’t involve somebody who puts their well-used mask around their rear view mirror or wears it outside during a rain storm. Or on their neck.

      They all said the same thing: wash your hands often. Don’t go out when you’re sick. Avoid big crowds if you’re immune compromised.

      Do you really think a piece of t-shirt fabric or thin paper is going to stop something that can only be seen with an electron microscope?

      It’s amazing how stupid and gullible people are.

      No wonder rock and roll died. We stopped questioning “authority”.

  3. Burt

    The lockdowns killed far more than the virus.