Retford

The UK’s newest music festival will be launched at Newark Showground next summer.

Unlocked Fest is a three day music festival that will be held at the showground between June 18-20, 2021.

The festival will combine well-known headliners with top DJs and tribute acts from the 90s onwards, as well as funfairs, silent discos, artisan food and drink, and a host of camping options.

Headliners for the event include The Feeling, Craig Charles and Ministry of Sound Classical, with other performers such as 5ive, Space, Republica and Sonique also booked.

The first line-up poster has some big names on there. Photo: Unlocked Fest

Steve Yeardsley, founder of Unlocked, has over 20 years experience working in events and said there’s a real gap in the market for the event.

“Having come out of a year where there have been no events at all, I think there’s a real appetite to attend events again and enjoy great music, food and drink with friends and family in a relaxing and ambient environment.

“Getting the line-up right is key. We’ve all been to festivals where the headliners sing one or two well-known tracks and fill the rest of the set with the new material.

“We really want the music to be familiar, songs that the crowd sing and dance along to all day and night. We’re going to create everyone’s favourite playlist and deliver it live!”

Launch tickets can be booked now via the Unlocked Fest website, with the opportunity of either one payment or a monthly payment plan.

Camping and non-camping tickets are available for the full weekend, with single day tickets being released at some point in 2021.

Adult camping tickets will cost £156, with non-camping costing £132, while youth tickets for 12-17-year-olds will be £100 and £76 respectively.

VIP packages will also be available from £197 upwards and will include priority access to the main arena, as well as an exclusive VIP bar and complimentary drink.

Police in Nottinghamshire have cracked down on coronavirus rule dodgers, including breaking up a hot tub party in Retford, as Lincolnshire’s neighbours top the national COVID-19 infection rate league table.

Nottinghamshire Police dispersed a number of gatherings at the weekend, including the party in Retford in the early hours of the Sunday morning.

They also broke up a birthday party in West Bridgford on Saturday night and a student party with over 20 people attending in Radford during the same evening.

In all three instances, people immediately dispersed when police arrived and no fines were issued.

Meanwhile, students who broke COVID-19 safety regulations to celebrate their negative coronavirus test results were given fines and could face further sanctions from local universities in the city.

Police issued a total of 10 fines at the weekend.

Seven students were issued with FPNs after officers were called out to sports of a house party in Lenton on Friday night. The group claimed they were entitled to have the party because they had received negative COVID-19 test results.

A further three fines were issued to three students who claimed to have had negative results and were confrontational when police attended a property on Ilkeston Road in Lenton on Saturday night.

This comes after Nottingham’s infection rate topped 750 cases per 100,000 people on Friday. Police said at the weekend that the city’s weekly rate of new virus cases continues to be the highest in England.

Health bosses in Lincolnshire have admitted they are nervous about an imminent local lockdown in Nottinghamshire following a dramatic rise in cases in the neighbouring authority.

Nottinghamshire currently has the fourth-highest infection rate in England.

The rate of infection for the city currently stands at 496.8 per 100,000, after cases increased from 314 in the week up to September 27 to 1,654.

Leaked government documents show new local restrictions will be announced until Monday, October 12, coming into effect from Wednesday, October 14.

Although government has not yet introduced tougher measures, local authorities across the wider county have urged residents to start taking precautions.

Speaking to BBC Look North on Wednesday, Lincolnshire County Council’s assistant director of public health Tony McGinty said he was not happy with Lincolnshire’s own rate of 84 per 100,000 in Lincoln and that the county had “no room to be complacent”.

Regarding the situation in Nottingham, he said: “It does make me nervous because obviously people from Lincolnshire move in and out of Nottingham really frequently.

“We’ve got fast road and rail access between Nottingham and Lincoln now as well, so it is worrying when an area that’s got a lot of crossover with ours has such a significant problem.”

He also backed the 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants, though added there needs to be more evidence that it works.

Lincolnshire County Council’s assistant director of public health Tony McGinty.

However, he said he was “not entirely convinced a two-week short, sharp, circuit breaker lockdown would be a good thing to do”.

“Not everywhere has got the same level of difficulty at this point in time, and clearly there is an economic and educational damage that comes with those sort of ideas,” he added.

Directly across the border from Lincolnshire, Newark and Sherwood District Council have called on residents to “start taking action now” ahead of any imminent lockdown.

The district’s rate of infection yesterday was 111 per 100,000 of population.

David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “As a district, we managed to contain our local outbreak in August this year. We all took action and did what was needed to be done.

“I now need to ask everyone to step up again to protect each other.

“We need to protect those who were shielding, those who are vulnerable, our parents, our grandparents and our community.

“No one can be complacent and being so is a threat to people’s lives.”

“We are facing a critical point in controlling the spread of the virus as we head towards winter. So we just have to keep going.”

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