Reading Festival has confirmed the event will be going ahead this summer.

Organisers of Reading and Leeds Festival made an announcement earlier today (February 24).

They said: "Reading and Leeds 2021. Following the government's recent announcement, we can't wait to get back to the fields this summer LET'S GO #RandL21"

Reading Festival takes place on August bank holiday weekend from August 27 to Sunday, August 29 in Richfield Avenue.

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According to plans announced on Monday, the Government hopes to lift all remaining restrictions on social contact by June 21 at the earliest.

This would mean larger events can go ahead and nightclubs can finally reopen.

Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Disclosure and Queens Of The Stone Age are all scheduled to headline across the weekend.

Acts including Charli XCX, Yungblud, rapper Jack Harlow, rockers Neck Deep and Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid were recently added to the bill.

The UK festival circuit has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic with its 2020 season effectively wiped out.

In January Glastonbury was cancelled for a second successive year after organisers said they had tried to “move heaven and earth”.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched an inquiry into the future of festivals.

Last month the committee wrote to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to ask him to extend Government-backed insurance schemes to music and performing arts festivals.

Festivals added £1.76 billion in gross value to the economy in 2019, with almost one in three Brits watching Glastonbury on TV.