TRNSMT festival announce COVID safety measures ahead of event

Attendees at the festival must complete a Lateral Flow Test ahead of the event. Proof of vaccination won’t be a condition of entry.

Organisers said in a statement: “Everyone attending the festival must take a lateral flow test, upload their result and show their confirmation email or text message (or a screen grab) to stewards before entry – anyone unable to provide proof of a negative test result will be denied admittance. This is the only covid related condition for entry and the recent announcement about Vaccination Passports in Scotland will not apply to TRNSMT 2021.

“Fans attending multiple days across the weekend, will be required to take a second test 48 hours after the first one. So for example, anyone taking their first test on Friday morning before arriving onsite must take another on Sunday morning in order to enter the festival.”

Fans watch the Sundara Karma perform on the main stage during the TRNSMT Festival at Glasgow Green on July 13, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland CREDIT: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

As well as this, the festival has set up over 140 hand sanitisation stations, enhanced cleaning schedules and more hand-washing facilities than ever before on site to help with the safety of the event.

It also added: “TRNSMT is also asking fans to avoid car sharing with people outside of their household and to make sure to wear masks if travelling on public transport, also recommending face coverings are worn in any queues on entry, as well as at toilets or bar areas.

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“And, as an additional COVID precaution TRNSMT is operating a completely cashless site for the first time – with all vendors accepting contactless payments.”

Geoff Ellis, Festival Director of TRNSMT said in a statement: “For lots of people, this will be the first big weekend out they’ve had in over a year – long overdue and extremely well-deserved after some really tough months.

“But we all need to work together and we’re reaching out to fans to make sure they order and take lateral flow tests 48 hours prior to  entry and upload the result, use the on-site hygiene points and wear a mask when queuing.”

“It’s impossible to completely eliminate the risk of COVID but we’re doing our best to reduce it as much as possible.”

“We want everyone to have an absolutely first-class weekend out with their friends enjoying live music so make sure you look after yourself and each other so that it’s the weekend you’ve been waiting for. I know there are a lot of excited fans out there, so our trained welfare team will also be on hand to look out for everyone and provide support if needed.”

The Scottish event will return to Glasgow Green between September 10-12, with Courteeners, Liam Gallagher and The Chemical Brothers set to headline.

This year’s festival will run at full capacity (50,000 people) following the recent easing of COVID restrictions in Scotland.

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TRNSMT boss “very optimistic” about festival returning in 2021

It comes after the Scottish government’s deputy national clinical director, John Harden, told Ellis that the significant easing of restrictions could be discussed in mid-February.

“I have been in regular contact with the Scottish government, along with other people in the industry. We have updated them with what is going on in other countries,” he said.

“The results from a trial Primavera event in Spain recently appear to be a very positive moment, as they used mass testing with rapid results to put on a major show.”

TRNSMT Festival. CREDIT: Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns

The aforementioned event, dubbed PRIMACOV, saw 1,042 music fans attend a show at Barcelona’s 1,608-capacity Sala Apolo venue last month without the need for social distancing.

Concertgoers were granted entry after taking a rapid test, the result of which was available in just 15 minutes.

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“It’s looking like there were no problems with virus transmission as a result,” Ellis said of the trial, suggesting that the method could be introduced at TRNSMT.

“If you couple a similar strategy here, with the benefit of our huge vaccination drive, the situation rapidly advances to one where you can get back to doing things that have been impossible in recent times.”

TRNSMT Festival 2019. CREDIT: Getty

He said testing and vaccinations were the “two major tools that can help society get back to normal”, adding: “I feel very optimistic that we will be talking very soon about festivals like TRNSMT going ahead this year.”

However, Ellis echoed the comments of bosses from Glastonbury and Parklife in stressing the importance of government-backed insurance for festivals (promoters recently warned MPs that their events could be cancelled as early as this month without swift action).

Association of Independent Festivals’ Chief Executive Paul Reed recently told NME that he believes it is “too early to tell whether the [2021] season is on or off or somewhere in between”.

“Obviously we’re in a really pivotal moment in this pandemic. In some ways, summer seems distant and to some it might seem too early to be talking about the festival season – but it’s absolutely the right time to be having these conversations, giving that the incredibly lengthy lead times and planning cycles generally take six to eight months.”

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TRNSMT Festival rescheduled to 2021 with original lineup confirmed

“Here it is… your TRNSMT 2021 line-up!” organisers wrote on Twitter. “We know that tens of thousands of you bought tickets for TRNSMT 2020 and were looking forward to seeing this year’s line up, so we’ve moved quickly to secure the acts confirmed for 2020, for 2021’s festival! For more, go to our website.”

Here it is… your TRNSMT 2021 line-up!
We know that tens of thousands of you bought tickets for TRNSMT 2020 and were looking forward to seeing this year's line up, so we've moved quickly to secure the acts confirmed for 2020, for 2021's festival! For more, go to our website. pic.twitter.com/RUIEiJdhp4

— TRNSMT Festival (@TRNSMTfest) May 4, 2020

Last month, Denmark’s Roskilde Festival and Derbyshire’s Y Not became the latest festivals to cancel their 2020 editions due to the continued COVID-19 outbreak.

Elsewhere, Glastonbury is missing its 2020 edition, while Coachella has moved to OctoberAll Points East and BST Hyde Park are off, and many more have announced rescheduled dates.

See a list of every gig, festival and tour affected by coronavirus here.

Meanwhile, a new campaign to save over 550 of the UK’s grassroots music venues from permanent closure due to the coronavirus lockdown has surpassed £1 million in donations.

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Last week, the Music Venue Trust launched the Save Our Venues campaign, with a crowdfunding bid to prevent 556 independent UK venues from closure. A few have already been saved, but there is still a long way to go to prevent “damage that would undermine the UK music industry for 20-30 years.”

MVT CEO Mark Davyd told NME that all of the government’s interventions to help venues essentially expired last Monday (April 27), when the sector started to “lose half a million pounds per day.”

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