PLAYGROUND FESTIVAL looks set to go ahead this year, amid ongoing concerns for festivals north of the border. 

Events in England were already given the green light with Latitude and Tramlines taking place this weekend.

Scotland has been much slower to re-open the festival gates with Party at the Palace -- scheduled for early August -- falling due to a lack of guidance and event insurance.

However, Playground organisers are hopeful they will be able to welcome music fans to Rouken Glen Park on September 24-26 with preparations "full steam ahead".

The Libertines are due to bring the curtain down on the Friday, with James, Orbita, Glasvegas, Connor Fyfe, Fauves and Shambolics also on the bill.

The Saturday will see Boy George and Culture Club take to the stage, along with Kelis, Roisin Murphy, Vitalic and festival favourites Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5.

Nile Rodgers & Chic headline the Sunday, with sets from Razorlight, Macy Gray, Craig Charles and Stone Foundation.

Dozens of other acts will perform across the three days, including Tom McGuire & the Brassholes, BETA WAVES, Stephanie Cheape, Scarlett Randle, Rebecca Vasmant and more.  

A statement from the Playground organisers said: "After such a long time apart, we couldn’t be more excited to have a date to dance with you all. We have missed you!

"We are working closely with East Renfrewshire Council to plan the safest possible event for our guests, staff and local community and have total confidence that Playground Festival will be going ahead as normally as possible."

With potential measures in mind, the festival arena expanding to ensure more space, and more toilets, for those in attendance.

Organisers added: "With increased space comes our new VIP area, a new chill-out area (the aptly named Chill Hill), exciting pop-up cocktail and gin bars and much more to be revealed across the weekend."

The majority of Covid-enforced restrictions are set to be lifted in Scotland on August 9, with local councils working with events teams to ensure safe running of large-scale events.

Holyrood is currently looking into the possibility of Scots needing vaccine passports to attend some events, though it is unclear whether that would apply to outdoor festivals.

Crowds have started to trickle back into venues such as football grounds in Scotland, with attendees asked to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test beforehand.

A framework for festivals is still being developed but Playground organisers have vowed to ensure the safety of music fans as best they can.

They continued: "The health and well-being of everyone at the festival and in the surrounding communities will always be our absolute priority and we want everyone who attends Playground Festival to be as safe as possible.

"That is why we will be introducing extra sanitising stations and other protective safety measures onsite to provide the safest experience possible. A detailed step by step guide will be available in the next few weeks on our website.

"As a small and independent boutique festival, we would just like to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU!

"Thank you for your patience, thank you for caring, thank you for keeping your ticket from 2020 and rolling over to 2021, thank you to all our staff and crew, and thank you to the NHS, we couldn’t have got this far without you. We can’t wait to party with you all."

For ticket information, visit www.playgroundfestival.co.uk