FLY Open Air Festival: Edinburgh dance music fans must undergo a negative lateral flow test to attend the Princes Street Gardens event

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It comes after councilors voted to give the green light to the FLY Open Air festival with a capacity of 4,000 people, which takes place in West Princes Street Gardens.

The event, which runs September 17-19, will create 260 jobs throughout the weekend and directly benefit the park by raising funds to plant more than 100 new trees with ash dieback disease.

Local organizers say the local tourist economy will also receive a huge boost with the return of young people to the city center, spending in shops, hotels, cafes and bars.

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The FLY Open Air Festival has been given the green light to return to the Ross Bandstand for its first festival in two years.

Councilor Amy McNeese-Mechan, vice president of culture and communities for Edinburgh City Council, said: a lot during the pandemic.

‘We have worked closely with the organizers and other partners, including the police and ambulance services, to ensure that the event can run safely and in accordance with the latest Scottish Government guidelines and I would like to to pay tribute to Team Edinburgh’s approach that is allowed to happen.

“This has been our approach to supporting the ongoing recovery of our festivals and events sector and, as we have seen with the extremely successful return of festivals this summer, careful planning and, where appropriate, trade-offs can. bear fruit.

“I sincerely hope that this will become a model for years to come.

“In addition to bringing live music back to the city center, the FLY Festival has also pledged to plant 100 trees in the gardens after raising £ 10,000 for local charities in previous years and will support the local charity Steps to Hope this year. “

FLY founder Tom Ketley said: “We will be performing a negative lateral flow test as an entry condition to ensure a safe site and implement additional remediation and covid measures.”

The event, which sold all 12,000 tickets in a record-breaking two minutes, sees some of the world’s biggest names in electronic music as well as local talent perform over the three days, including Struggle, Dance System and Palms Trax.

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