Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test is set to become mandatory for clubs in France.
Following similar changes made in countries including England, where proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for entry into nightclubs from the end of September, France's senate has voted to introduce "health passes" for entry into venues such as cinemas and nightclubs with immediate effect.
Thousands flocked to clubs and festivals in England this weekend as COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings were finally lifted after more than 16 months.
England is the first country in the United Kingdom to green light dancing and remove social distancing requirements. Large events including the 40,000 capacity Latitude Festival in Suffolk, and Tramlines in Sheffield, all went ahead as planned.
Ministry of Sound have announced a fundraiser for Steve Laviniere of Bobby & Steve.
The English DJ and producer recently suffered a rare brain injury called acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis after contracting COVID-19 in March 2020. The diagnosis has caused a Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness, leaving Laviniere unable to communicate or move his body.
Glastonbury’s two-day September festival, Equinox, will not go ahead, according to an announcement by organiser Emily Eavis.
The news will come as a blow to audiences who had been eyeing up the proposed dates as a replacement for the festival-proper, which had to postpone for a second year running in 2021 as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Chicago house legend Paul Johnson is in an intensive care unit (ICU) after becoming infected with Covid-19.
491 nightclubs have shut permanently in England in the past six years.
According to figures given to Radio 1 Newsbeat by UK Hospitality, a quarter of all clubs in the country have closed since 2015. Records indicate there were 1,694 clubs in England in 2015 and 1,203 in February this year.
Houghton Festival has been cancelled.
In a statement posted on social media, organisers of the annual festival - which was due to return to Houghton Hall in Norfolk next month - said they have had no choice but to postpone the festival for the third year in a row. They cite issues with the UK government's track and trace system and, more generally, the lack of a clear COVID-19 road map. You can read the festival's statement below.
An outdoor music festival that took place in the Netherlands earlier in July has shocked Government officials after 1,000 coronavirus infections were linked to the event despite it requiring a “test for entry".
The Verknipt festival took place across two days in Utrecht and was attended by around 20,000 people. Everyone who attended the event had to show a QR code that demonstrated that they were vaccinated, had recently recovered from COVID-19, or had a negative COVID-19 test.