The Leeds Festival boss expects to see a spike in coronavirus cases after this weekend’s event at Bramham Park.
Thousands of people were on site for Leeds Fest 2021 and after the event finished some are expecting an increase in Covid-19 infections like we’ve seen elsewhere after Latitude and Boardmasters.
Melvin Benn, boss of Leeds Festival and sister event Reading Festival, is prepared for spikes but also content with the entry measures and safety restrictions imposed this year.
READ MORE: See all the highlights from Leeds Festival 2021
Every on site had to follow coronavirus measures and vaccinations were offered to those attending – we saw star Declan McKenna take this up at Leeds Fest.
Speaking to the NME, Melvin said: “We as festival promoters have been really clear that we want festivals to happen safely and Public Health England directors have been really happy for us to make festivals happen. They wanted us to test people, so we have.
“They will expect a spike and we will get a spike. Nothing about what’s happened has been a surprise. We’ve anticipated it all. I came into this festival this weekend feeling very confident that the results will be what the scientists expect them to.”
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The festival boss also felt his events were safer than some alternatives people might have been doing should Leeds and Reading not gone ahead last weekend.
Melvin said: “This weekend, come what may, all these kids would have been in parks, pub gardens, their mates’ gardens, they’d have been having barbecues, hanging around on street corners and partying one way or another to a greater or lesser degree, and guaranteed that they’d have been partying with people who they had no idea whether they had been tested covid clear or not.
“The one thing about this weekend is that they’re all here knowing that everyone they’re hanging around with has been tested covid clear. Arguably, they’re in an even safer position here.
“The government has said these young people can go out and behave as normal, so that’s what we’re doing. I didn’t do it half-heartedly. We intended to do it as safely and well as we could. I’m not even allowed onto my own festival without having a covid clear test every three days, and I’m double-jabbed. Every single member of the crew is doing it.”
In the next few months, we’ll keep you posted on who will be playing at Leeds Festival 2022. In the meantime, you can also look back at all the highlights from Leeds Festival 2021.
You can visit our homepage dedicated to Leeds Fest where you’ll find headline act reviews, photo galleries, gossip and more.
You can also join our Leeds Festival Facebook group. There you can share your highlights from this summer’s event and keep up to date with all the gossip ahead of next year’s big party.