5,000 fans attend Barcelona rock concert after taking rapid Covid tests

28 March 2021, 17:55

Fans at the concert by rock group Love of Lesbian
Fans at the concert by rock group Love of Lesbian. Picture: PA

By Patrick Grafton-Green

Around 5,000 fans have attended a rock concert in Barcelona after receiving negative same-day Covid-19 test results.

Spanish health authorities gave permission for the gig to go ahead as part of a pilot scheme examining the effectiveness of rapid testing for mass events.

It is believed to be the biggest concert in Europe since the start of the pandemic.

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Fans packed into the Palau Sant Jordi arena on Saturday evening to watch Indie rock band Love of Lesbian.

They took a test earlier in the day.

Nurses from a local hospital carried out the tests in tents at three different locations in the city.

5,000 people attended the concert in Barcelona
5,000 people attended the concert in Barcelona. Picture: PA

The fans were only allowed to enter the venue after a negative result code was sent to their phone.

They had to wear masks during the performance but did not have to social distance.

A similar event took place in the Netherlands last week, where people attended a two-day music festival.