Safety first at festival weekend

Get ready to prove your anti-virus credentials if you are planning to attend the upcoming Bath Festival Finale Weekend.

It’s a two-day live music event at Bath Rec, featuring big names including Scouting for Girls, McFly, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, Gabrielle and Billy Ocean.

And with thousands of festival goers expected on Saturday (Aug 7) and Sunday (Aug 8) organisers have put in place safety measures to protect audiences from Covid 19.

So what can you expect if you’ve got tickets for Finale Weekend, aside from some great music and the festival banners fluttering in the breeze on the Rec?

All ticket holders over the age of 12 have been asked to provide one of three pieces of evidence for entry; a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours of attending, a Covid Pass Certificate (available on the NHS app), or proof of immunity from a PCR test within 180 days. There will be hand sanitiser points across the site and more frequent cleaning of surfaces and touchpoints.

The gates open at 1pm and tickets can be purchased online from ticketmaster.co.uk all weekend. The last act of each day is due to end at 10.45pm. There will be live music on two stages throughout the day plus a Kids Zone for children run by the Super Pirates.

A whole host of artisan food and drink, including fresh brewed coffee, handmade pizzas and vegan dishes will offer tempting treats and meals and the bars will stock beers, cider and other refreshments. Because food and drink are available festival goers may not bring their own, although bottled water is permitted and there is plenty of drinking water to refill.

This is a green site festival designed to accommodate a standing crowd, so chairs are not permitted, but picnic blankets will be allowed and there are some benches for use while people are eating. There is a designated disabled space for those who need to sit. And although the weather forecast is largely dry, please don’t take umbrellas as they spoil people’s view of the stage. Dogs, unless they are assistance dogs, are not permitted.

The running order for each act on both stages will be clearly posted on a board outside the Information Tent near the north entrance to site. Each festival goer will be given a wristband, which you will need to keep on. Look out for the finalists in the hotly contested Bath Introduces competition, which this year attracted around 100 entries and may give us the superstars of the future.

This weekend will be a long-awaited party for Bath and will see people of all ages out there enjoying the music.

Bath Festivals has issued a message to festival-goers: “Please be patient, helpful and kind to your festival goers – we are all in this together!”

For tickets and the full line-up, visit: bathfestivals.org.uk