National #takeatest initiative

Aug 3, 2021 | News

The River Reeves Foundation and Golden Square are encouraging live music fans to take a voluntary lateral flow test ahead of attending RivFest21 Weekender this coming weekend 6th – 8th August

This is part of a national #TAKEATEST initiative following the UK government’s lifting of most Covid-19 restrictions on 19th July. The campaign is in response to the move towards “personal responsibility” as the principal guidance moving forward.

The River Reeves Foundation and Golden Square are asking music fans to accept responsibility to keep themselves, their fellow gig-goers safe and the staff at music venues safe since the lifting of restrictions.

We are asking all artists and fans to #TAKEATEST and promote the initiative on their own social media platforms before they perform or attend an event. Free lateral flow tests can be ordered online and are available from local pharmacies including Boots.

The organisers are keen to ensure that venues open safely as restrictions are lifted, and whilst there are differing opinions on some aspects of how this can be achieved, there is a consensus about asking music fans to accept personal responsibility to keep themselves and others safe.

This is a voluntary initiative that speaks to the sense of community across the grassroots live music sector.

We are confident that live music fans will respond positively to this direct appeal from the River Reeves Foundation and Golden Square to protect themselves, artists, staff and their fellow gig-goers.