The BRIT Music Awards will host an audience of 4,000 people at a pilot event in the UK

Approximately 4,000 people will attend next month’s BRIT Awards, which British pop music award organizers said would be the first major indoor music event with a live audience as the country pulls out of the COVID-19 blockade.

The ceremony, to be held on May 11 at London’s O2 arena, will form part of the British government’s research program on events, looking at whether major events can be held indoors without social distancing.

This means that audience members, 2,500 of whom will be key workers who will be given tickets, will not have to wear face masks inside the arena, but will have to provide evidence of a negative side-flow test result to enter the scene.

They will also have to pass a post-ceremony test and provide contact information as part of the COVID testing and monitoring system in the country.

“This has been a difficult year for everyone and I am thrilled that the night will honor key labor heroes who cared so well for us at the time and continue to do so,” singer Dua Lipa, who was nominated for four awards, said in a statement. .

“They’re just inspiration. The BRIT awards are always special and this will really make a night to remember.”

Lipa is among several singers to perform at the event, the first live music show on O2 in more than a year.

As elsewhere, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted music events with a live audience in Britain. Under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s unlocked phase map, entertainment venues may reopen their doors next month.

“Not only will we celebrate the brilliant music and artists who helped us get through the pandemic, but we hope to pave the way for the return of live music that fans and artists have sorely missed,” said Geoff Taylor, CEO of the British phonography industry. and BRIT.

“We are talking about the show and working closely with the government, O2 and all of our partners to ensure compliance with all safety measures and guidelines.”

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