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  • Writer's pictureLuke McColl

Indoor gigs set to return on the 1st August

Indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will be able to take place across UK from Saturday the 1st August, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced today.


This takes the present stage from 3 to 4 and enables pubs and bars to return to indoor live music performances whilst audiences adhere to social distancing rules.



The five stages of the phased return to professional performing arts is as follows:

  • Stage One - Rehearsal and training (no audiences and adhering to social distancing guidelines)

  • Stage Two - Performances for broadcast and recording purposes (adhering to social distancing guidelines)

  • Stage Three - Performances outdoors with an audience plus pilots for indoor performances with a limited distance audience from July 11. We will now also work with the sector to get small pilots started as soon as possible and will set out further details in due course

  • Stage Four - Performances allowed indoors / outdoors (but with a limited distanced audience indoors)

  • Stage Five - Performances allowed indoors / outdoors (with a fuller audience indoors)


At this time the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is working on pilots of performances with socially distanced audiences that will inform final guidance for venues in the run up to August 1.



Amazing news for Pubs goers and musicians who haven't been allowed in the same room together since the end of march.


See the Gov.uk Press release here

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