Festival Republic has joined the Government's Events Research Programme (ERP), hosting a music event at Liverpool's Sefton Park on May 2.
Tickets can only be purchased by Liverpool residents - under 18s, people who are pregnant, and those who are clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 are excluded - who must take a lateral flow test at specified sites the day before the event and will also be sent a more accurate PCR test, although this test is not mandatory.
Attendees will not be socially distanced and masks are not required. The pilot will test whether, and how, crowds mixing outdoors increase the transmission of Covid-19.
Following controversy that caused an early ERP participant to withdraw, Festival Republic Managing Director Melvin Benn stressed the event "is not about vaccines; it's not about passports".
"It’s about a universal approach to our love of live music for all and demonstrating we can do it safely.”
Liverpool’s Director of Public Health, Matt Ashton, said: "The evidence we will gather from this one-off event, alongside the rest of the Events Research Programme... can then be used to help shape how the entire events sector can safely reopen, both locally and nationally."