She’s set to take to the stage at next month’s 2021 BRIT Awards, the first major indoor music event in a year with the ceremony playing host to 4,000 people.
And nominee Arlo Parks has revealed that it will ‘be ‘surreal’ playing to a sea of faces after ‘a year of nothing’, adding that it’s ‘going to be a very emotional moment.’
In a new interview, the singer, 20, revealed her hopes that the show, which will see music fans and front-line workers tested for Covid both before and after, will revitalise the music industry which has been hugely affected by the pandemic.
Exciting: BRIT Awards 2021 nominee Arlo Parks revealed that it will ‘be ‘surreal’ playing to a sea of faces after ‘a year of nothing’, adding that it’s ‘going to be a very emotional moment’
Speaking ahead of the event, she told The Mirror: ‘It’s going to be a very emotional moment together not to mention very surreal seeing all these faces. Everyone is going to be energized and refreshed after a year of nothing. People have been looking to experience music again. Hopefully this is just the beginning.’
The London born artist, real name Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho, will join a host of other British talent in performing at the awards at London’s 02 Arena, which will see the audience mask-less and socially distanced.
The crowd will also be made up of key workers who will attend via a selected ballot and all attendees must provide a negative lateral flow test result, a move supported by the singer.
Performer: In a new interview, the singer, 20, revealed her hopes that the show will revitalise the music industry which has been hugely affected by the pandemic (pictured last year)
Sharing her thoughts on the tests, she said: ‘I think testing will be key to minimise risk and people being able to access these lateral flow tests at their local pharmacy… I think that will increase the safety of everyone involved.
The Eugene hitmaker embarked on her first headline tour in February last year, but the shows were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
And despite already having experience on the big stage, the BRIT Awards in May will see Arlo playing to the biggest audience she’s ever faced, with the star also being a newcomer to the 02 both as an artist and a fan.
Finally: Arlo is set to take to the stage at next month’s 2021 BRIT Awards, the first major indoor music event in a year with the ceremony playing host to 4,000 people
A moment: ‘It’s going to be a very emotional moment together not to mention very surreal seeing all these faces. Everyone is going to be energized and refreshed after a year of nothing’
She explained: ‘It’s the most amount of people that I have ever played. I haven’t even played a headline show in London yet. It’s going to be beautiful not least in front of all the key workers who have supported everyone and I just hope everyone likes the show I put on.’
As well as Arlo, the likes of Dua Lipa, Headie One and Rising Star winner Griff are also set to take to the stage at the event, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.
The 2021 Brit Awards will mark the first major indoor music event in over a year as bosses prepare to release 2,500 free tickets to key workers.
Entertainer: As well as Arlo, the likes of Dua Lipa, Headie One and Rising Star winner Griff (pictured) are also set to take to the stage at the event, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall
In an announcement on Thursday, it was revealed that The Brit Awards will take place in front of a live audience of 4,000 people at London‘s The O2 on 11 May – six days before the next phase of lockdown lifts.
The ceremony, which will be broadcast live on ITV, will celebrate the return to live music and nominee Dua Lipa has promised those attending that it will ‘be a night to remember’.
The indoor ceremony and live show will form part of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme, and it will use enhanced testing approaches to examine how events can take place without the need for social distancing after all restrictions are lifted on June 21.
Working closely with the Government to adhere to safety guidelines, this means The BRITs, will be the first live music show at The O2 in over a year, with 4,000 tickets being up for grabs- just one fifth of the venue’s 20,000 capacity.
The BRITs will play an important role in paving the way for the return of live music at scale as the UK emerges from the past year’s restrictions.
Celebrate: The 2021 Brit Awards will mark the first major indoor music event in over a year with 2,500 free tickets set to be released to key workers (pictured triple nominee Dua Lipa)
To reward key workers who have worked tirelessly in the pandemic, bosses are releasing 2,500 free tickets via ballot, which opened on brits.co.uk on Thursday at 12pm.
Audience members will not be socially distanced or required to wear face coverings in the arena, but they will be required to follow existing Government guidance when travelling to the venue and adhere to rules set out by the event organisers.
Among the rules, attendees must have proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue.
As part of the wider scientific research on the trial events, attendees will also be asked to take a test after the event to gather further evidence on the safety of indoor settings, reduced social distancing and the removal of non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings.
Exciting: In an announcement on Thursday, it was revealed The Brit Awards will take place in front of a live audience of 4,000 people at London’s The O2 (pictured nominee Jessie Ware)
Speaking about the news, Dua, 25, who will be performing on the night, said: ‘This has been a long tough year for everyone and I’m delighted the night will honour the key worker heroes who have cared for us so well during that time and continue to do so. They are quite simply an inspiration.
‘The BRIT Awards are always special and this will truly make it a night to remember.’
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, added: ‘This year’s BRIT Awards with Mastercard is one of the most significant in the show’s history.
‘Not only will we be celebrating the brilliant music and artists that have helped us through the pandemic, but we hope it will provide a path for the return of live music that fans and artists have so sorely missed.
‘And as a thank you to the key workers who have kept our country going through the difficult times, we are inviting them to be our audience for the first live performances at The O2 in over a year.
Return to normality: The indoor ceremony and live show will form part of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme
‘Night to remember’: The ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall
‘We’re buzzing about the show and working closely with Government, The O2 and all our partners to ensure all safety measures and guidelines are adhered to.’
Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks and Celeste lead the BRIT Awards stars with three nods a piece.
The three artists are all nominated for Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Album, with Dua also in the running for British Single, while Arlo Parks and Celeste feature in the shortlist for Breakthrough Artist.
Brit female and double nominee for 2021 Jessie Ware is up for Mastercard Album as well as Female Solo Artist which, along with Dua, Arlo and Celeste, also sees Lianne La Havas up for the title.
AJ Tracey is shortlisted twice; one nod in the British Single category, and a second for Male Solo Artist, along with Yungblud, Joel Corry, J Hus and Headie One.
BRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS 2021
FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
LIANNE LA HAVAS
MALE SOLO ARTIST
YOUNG T & BUGSEY
BRITs RISING STAR
GRIFF WARNER (Winner)
ARLO PARKS COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS
CELESTE NOT YOUR MUSE
DUA LIPA FUTURE NOSTALGIA
J HUS BIG CONSPIRACY
JESSIE WARE WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE?
RUN THE JEWELS
YOUNG T & BUGSEY
220 KID & GRACEY DON’T NEED LOVE
AITCH & AJ TRACEY FT TAY KEITH RAIN
DUA LIPA PHYSICAL
HARRY STYLES WATERMELON SUGAR
HEADIE ONE FT AJ TRACEY & STORMZY AIN’T IT DIFFERENT
JOEL CORRY FT MNEK HEAD & HEART
NATHAN DAWE FT KSI LIGHTER
REGARD & RAYE SECRETS
S1MBA FT DTG ROVER PARLOPHONE
YOUNG T & BUGSEY FT HEADIE ONE DON’T RUSH
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
TAME IMPALA FICTION
Source: Daily Mail