The first nightclub event in the UK for over a year is set to take place in Liverpool at the end of the month as part of a trial into post-Covid events.

Nightclub Circus will host The First Dance event, which will welcome 6,000 clubbers to the city’s Bramley-Moore Dock warehouse.

It will require no social distancing or face coverings, and it is hoped it will pave the way for more clubs to open across the country.

The event is part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP), which will provide data on how events for a range of audiences could be permitted to safely reopen as part of the roadmap out of lockdown.

Ticket holders will have to take a lateral flow test 24 hours before the event and produce a negative result to gain entry.

The event will take place on 30 April and 1 May.

Director of Culture Liverpool, Claire McColgan, added: “This hasn’t been an easy process, and it’s particularly hard as the night-time sector hasn’t been open for over a year.

“It will be a different event to what people are used to - from the ticketing process to getting a negative lateral flow test before you’re allowed entry.

“But anyone who attends will not only be helping to get clubs up and running in Liverpool, they will be pioneers for the whole country.”

Covid-19 pilots schemes have already been trialled at the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium, with further trials to take place at the FA Cup final and a screening at the Luna Outdoor Cinema in Liverpool.