The Brit Awards mark the return of Live in the UK
The UK has reintroduced large-scale music events, with The Brit awards ceremony welcoming 4,000 people to The O2 arena on Tuesday night as part of the government`s pilot program.

The event, which featured performances by Dua Lipa and Elton John, was the UK`s first large-scale indoor music event since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

The ceremony was part of the Events Research Programme, which is examining how live shows can take place without social distancing through the use of COVID-19 testing approaches. The 20,000-capacity venue did not require attendees to wear masks.

According to reports from the event, everything proceeded "efficiently, without queues or holdups."

Approximately 2,500 tickets were distributed to frontline workers in the Greater London Area, with the remainder being distributed to the nominated artists, their managers and teams, as well as other members of the music industry and sponsors.

“Tonight means so much to so many, it’s hope for the whole industry and supply chains. Hopefully the start of many more to come,” said Matthew Zweck, sponsorship sales director at AEG Europe, which owns the long-term lease on the O2 Arena.

Additionally, the event featured pre-recorded performances from Coldplay and The Weeknd from a pontoon on the River Thames.

Additionally, The O2 – which was repurposed as an NHS Nightingale hospital last year – unveiled a series of improvements to the arena`s hygiene and risk management. These improvements include the installation of enhanced air filtration systems and the addition of over 250 hand sanitiser units via partner Unilever`s Lifebuoy brand.

Within the arena, the use of new electrostatic fogging systems ensures that the venue is thoroughly cleaned with an anti-bacterial product that protects surfaces for up to 30 days before, during, and after events

Other events included in the pilot include the FA Cup final on May 15, which is expected to accommodate up to 21,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The UK`s phased exit strategy from lockdown means that entertainment venues can reopen their doors next week.