Festivals 2021: Which ones are still going forward?

By Mark Savage
BBC music reporter

picture captionFestival organisers hope the lifting of coronavirus restrictions will enable scenes like this once more over the summer time

Last 12 months, Covid-19 worn out the UK’s summer time competition season. Only a handful of exhibits had been in a position to happen, and most of them had been in automobile parks or socially-distanced inexperienced area websites.

This 12 months, organisers are a bit of extra optimistic.

With the vaccination programme underneath approach and mass testing out there, a number of occasions have put tickets on sale, assured that followers will likely be allowed to mosh, pogo and stage-dive with the danger of damage, slightly than illness, their predominant concern.

Unfortunately, occasions scheduled early within the season – most notably Glastonbury – have already needed to cancel. Many have cited the lack to acquire cancellation insurance coverage as an element.

Others have moved to safer dates later in the summertime, with a noticeable bottleneck over August financial institution vacation weekend.

To assist you plan forward, this is what the UK’s greatest festivals have introduced, with all data appropriate on the time of writing on 16 March, 2021.

All Points East – RESCHEDULED

  • When: 27-29 August
  • Where: Victoria Park, London
  • Who: Jamie xx, Kano, Slowthai, Arlo Parks, Bicep

Organisers have moved the occasion from its regular slot in May to August financial institution vacation weekend, giving it a better likelihood of continuing unimpeded. “We can’t wait to welcome back live music in the UK and be back dancing with you all later this summer,” say organisers.

Big Feastival – ON

  • When: 27-29 August
  • Where: Kingham, Oxfordshire
  • Who: Chic, Sigala, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Zara Larsson

Held at Blur star Alex James’s farm within the Cotswolds, the Big Feastival will have fun its tenth anniversary with the same old mixture of music, meals, comedy and children’ leisure. “We’re all in need of a serious celebration this year so we’re pulling out all the stops to ensure this is our best line-up yet,” stated James. “Roll on August!”

Bloodstock – ON

  • When: 11-15 August
  • Where: Catton Park, Derbyshire
  • Who: Judas Priest, Kreator, Devin Townsend, Skindred

The long-running heavy metallic competition has added an additional day to its line-up because of the postponement of final 12 months’s occasion.

However, the competition needed to revamp its line-up earlier this month, explaining that “due to the ongoing issues and restrictions surrounding Covid-19, a number of overseas bands are no longer able to be at Catton Park with us this summer”. That included former headliners Mercyful Fate, who’ve been changed on the invoice by Kreator.

Boardmasters – HOPEFUL

  • When: 11-15 August
  • Where: Newquay, Cornwall
  • Who: TBC

It’s been a tough two years for Boardmasters. They had been compelled to cancel their 2019 occasion on account of extreme storms, earlier than Covid-19 worn out their plans for 2020. Tickets from 2019 will still be legitimate for this 12 months’s competition, which takes place on a cliff-top location overlooking Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach.

No headliners have been introduced but, however organisers say they’re “working hard behind the scenes” to verify all the things runs easily. “Don’t worry, if things change and we can’t go ahead you’ll be able to either keep your ticket for next year or get a refund,” they added in an announcement.

Boomtown – ON

  • When: 11-15 August
  • Where: Matterley Estate, Hampshire
  • Who: TBC

A five-day immersive musical and theatrical occasion, Boomtown has branded its 2021 comeback “The Gathering”, as a celebration of the return of social contact.

“Gatherings are a deep part of human connection and celebration and have been so for millennia, but in these current real-world times, they were also one of the first things to be outlawed. When we come together this will be The Gathering we’ve all been needing for so long,” they stated in an announcement.

Unusually, the competition is protecting its 2021 line-up underneath wraps till simply earlier than the gates open.

BST Hyde Park – ON

  • When: 9/11 July
  • Where: Hyde Park, London
  • Who: Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, Grace Jones, Pixies (pictured)

BST is among the first festivals on the calendar this summer time, with three exhibits deliberate for the second weekend in July. Unusually, Pearl Jam are headlining twice, on Friday and Saturday night time, with Duran Duran bringing some 80s pop nostalgia to the Sunday present.

The occasion is generally held over two weekends – however the group could not verify whether or not extra dates had been on account of be introduced.

Camp Bestival – ON

  • When: 29 July-1 August
  • Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
  • Who: Fatboy Slim, Kelis, Groove Armada, Becky Hill, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Mr Tumble

The family-friendly competition introduced its return instantly after the federal government revealed its four-step plan for rising from lockdown in February.

“There is literally nothing [my wife] Josie and I like more in life than standing in a field surrounded by family and friends, dressed in daft outfits dancing to amazing bands and DJs and Mr Tumble,” organiser Rob Da Bank instructed the BBC. “That’s exactly what we plan to be doing at Camp Bestival.”

Creamfields – ON

  • When: 26-29 August
  • Where: Daresbury, Cheshire
  • Who: Deadmau5, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Tiesto, Bicep, Martin Garrix, Chase & Status

The UK’s greatest dance music competition offered out in file time when tickets went on sale in February. Organisers are promising followers “the party of the summer” after a 12 months locked indoors.

Deer Shed Festival – ON

  • When: 20 July-1 August
  • Where: Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire
  • Who: James, Stereolab, Baxter Dury, Dream Wife

“We are delighted to confirm that Deer Shedders are GO,” stated the group behind this family-friendly competition final month.

Tickets from final 12 months’s occasion have rolled over to 2021, though organisers have warned that the line-up will likely be “more volatile than in a normal year” on account of Covid pointers.

Download – OFF

Originally on account of happen on the primary weekend of June, Download pulled the plug on 1 March, after it turned clear the UK would not emerge from lockdown till later in the summertime.

Dates have been introduced for 2022, with KISS (who had been on account of headline in 2020 and 2021) again on the high of the invoice. They’ll be joined by Biffy Clyro and Iron Maiden at Donington Castle subsequent June. Tickets for this 12 months’s occasion may be carried over to 2022.

End Of The Road – ON

  • When: 2-5 September
  • Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire
  • Who: Pixies, Bright Eyes, Little Simz, Big Thief, Perfume Genius

“We were ready for one hell of a party in 2020 so we did our best to keep most of the original line-up,” stated organisers of End Of The Road, who are welcoming again nearly 100 artists who had been on account of play final 12 months’s competition. “It has been a strange year and we’d like to extend the biggest thank-you to everybody who’s bought a ticket and stood with us through these tough times.”

Tickets have now offered out, however resales will likely be out there by way of Twickets.

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention – HOPEFUL

  • When: 12-14 August
  • Where: Near Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • Who: Fairport Convention, Clannad, Turin Breaks

Run by folk-rock legends Fairport Convention, this is among the UK’s oldest festivals, courting again to 1976.

The band say they’re “cautiously confident” this 12 months’s occasion will go forward, with the line-up carried over from 2020. They added that there could must be “some mitigation measures in place” to make the location secure for followers, performers and native residents.

Glastonbury – OFF/ONLINE

The sheer dimension of Glastonbury – which options greater than 100 phases, hundreds of performers and almost 200,000 followers – meant they needed to decide on their viability early.

The dangerous information broke in January: “In spite of our efforts to move heaven and earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the festival happen this year,” stated Michael and Emily Eavis. “We are so sorry to let you all down.”

Emily beforehand instructed the BBC she was trying into the potential for filming performances at Worthy Farm if the competition could not go forward. “We really want to get busy with planning some gigs – even if they’re to be streamed.”

The Great Escape – ONLINE

Brighton’s Great Escape usually takes place in May, making its 2021 version unimaginable. The occasion, which focuses on up-and-coming expertise, had beforehand introduced its first 50 (of greater than 400) acts, together with BBC Sound Of 2021 winner Pa Salieu, and rising star Arlo Parks. However, the line-up has since disappeared from the competition’s official web site.

Instead, the occasion will transfer on-line, with live-streamed concert events and music trade debates going down on 13-14 May. The occasion will return in full on 11 May 2022.

Green Man Festival – HOPEFUL

  • When: 19-22 August
  • Where: Brecon Beacons, Wales
  • Who: TBC

Green Man boasts probably the most spectacular backdrops of all of the UK’s festivals – nestled on the foot of the mountains in Wales’ Brecon Beacons National Park.

Organisers say they are “very confident” this 12 months’s occasion can go forward, though the Welsh authorities’s plan for rising from lockdown is extra cautious than the English equal. Information about tickets and the line-up “will be landing in the next couple of months”.

Isle Of Wight Festival – RESCHEDULED

  • When: 16-19 September
  • Where: Seaclose Park, Newport
  • Who: Lionel Richie, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran (all TBC)

Originally scheduled for June, the Isle of Wight competition has been pushed again by three months. No acts have been introduced but, however organisers stated they had been “aiming to bring back as many of the artists as we can” from the 2020 line-up. That means the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Duran Duran, The Chemical Brothers and Lionel Richie may very well be making the journey to Dinosaur Island.

Kendal Calling – ON

  • When: 29 July-1 August
  • Where: Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria
  • Who: TBC

One of the UK’s most picturesque festivals, Kendal Calling will have fun its fifteenth anniversary this summer time – however plans are still firmly underneath wraps.

Writing on the location’s Facebook web page, organisers stated they had been “lucky that our on-site preparations don’t begin for some time, unlike some of our much bigger friends in the festival world”, that means they may very well be extra nimble in reacting to Covid-19 restrictions. A line-up is because of be introduced within the coming months.

Latitude – ON

  • When: 22-25 July
  • Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
  • Who: Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, Snow Patrol, First Aid Kit (pictured)

Latitude hasn’t been given the definitive inexperienced gentle but, not like Reading & Leeds – which can also be operated by Festival Republic. But organisers say planning for the boutique, pop-leaning occasion is “well under way”, with headliners booked and tickets on sale.

Festival Republic boss Melvin Benn says he’s “super confident” occasions within the early summer time will go forward – and Latitude’s smaller scale makes it a great prospect.

Lovebox – TBC

Focusing on dance, hip-hop and R&B, London’s Lovebox competition was set to increase in 2020 with a brand new stage, and headline performances by Disclosure; Khalid; Robyn; and Tyler, The Creator.

The competition’s web site still has a banner studying “see you in 2021” however there isn’t any extra data on whether or not the occasion will come again this 12 months.

Love Supreme – HOPEFUL

  • When: 2-4 July
  • Where: Glynde Place, East Sussex
  • Who: TLC, The Isley Brothers, Sister Sledge

The group on the Love Supreme Jazz Festival say they are “continuing to plan” for the occasion, whereas “reviewing the latest guidance”. Ten acts have been introduced for the line-up up to now, with extra due quickly.

They’ve additionally confirmed that ticket holders will likely be eligible for a refund or switch if the occasion is rescheduled, or in the event that they check optimistic for Covid and are compelled to isolate.

Neighbourhood Weekender – ON

  • When: 3-5 September
  • Where: Victoria Park, Warrington
  • Who: James, Sam Fender, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

Warrington’s Neighbourhood Weekender attracted some controversy when Ian Brown pulled out of a headline slot, claiming the occasion was demanding Covid-19 vaccination as a situation of entry.

The occasion neither confirmed nor denied the declare, merely saying they’d “comply with the conditions outlined by the government” when the occasion takes place in September (having been moved from its authentic date in May).

Brown was swiftly changed by Mancunian indie band James. Fans who can’t make the rescheduled dates can apply for a refund.

Noisily Festival – ON

Where: Coney Woods, Leicestershire

Who: Atlantik, Ipcress, Luis M

The underground music competition takes place deep within the coronary heart of the Coney Woods – about quarter-hour from Market Harborough.

Tickets have already offered out – and organisers have needed to warn followers about fakes which have already began circulating.

As one of many earliest festivals of the summer time, the group has additionally made a Covid assure – saying dates will likely be rescheduled if authorities recommendation modifications, and anybody who cannot attend rescheduled dates will obtain a “100% refund at face value (minus booking fees)”.

Notting Hill Carnival – TBC

Last 12 months, the Notting Hill Carnival was cancelled for the primary time in its historical past. Organisers are hoping it may be resurrected for its fifty fifth anniversary in 2021, however they are continuing with warning in the intervening time.

“We will continue to plan for business as usual, and for every possible eventuality,” they stated in an announcement final month. “However, due to the uncertainty we are all facing as a nation, our board will not be making a decision until closer to the summer.”

One within the Woods – ON

  • When: 17-18 July
  • Where: Orrell Hill Wood, Liverpool
  • Who: Sub Focus, Jeff Mills, Friction

A model new competition for 10,000 folks within the “enchanted realm” of Hightown, close to Liverpool.

The 18s-and-over occasion focuses on dance, techno and drum and bass, and organisers say they’ve preliminary dates booked for September, in case Covid restrictions aren’t lifted in time for July,

Parklife – ON

  • When: 11-12 September
  • Where: Heaton Park, Manchester
  • Who: TBC

Another competition that is shifted from June to September to minimise the possibility of cancellation, Parklife says it’s assured it will have the ability to host 80,000 followers at Heaton Park this autumn.

“We’re not considering operating with social distancing – I personally don’t like these socially distanced events,” organiser Sacha Lord instructed the NME. “I think to go to a proper gig or a proper rave you need to be shoulder-to-shoulder in a hot sweaty environment. You cannot create that atmosphere at a socially distanced event.”

The occasion’s line-up is because of be introduced on 23 March.

Reading & Leeds – ON

  • When: 27- 29 August
  • Where: Little John’s Farm, Reading; Bramham Park, Leeds
  • Who: Stormzy, Post Malone, Liam Gallagher, Queens Of The Stone Age

“The acts are desperate to play, the kids are desperate to come,” Reading & Leeds organiser Melvin Benn instructed BBC News final month.

The dual-site competition is because of happen on August financial institution vacation, by which stage most adults can have had their first Covid-19 vaccination, and plenty of can have had their second shot. Benn stated that, on that entrance, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had “got it right”.

“I applaud him for that, and I am going to hold his feet to the fire on it. And I think there’s going to be 200,000 young people holding his feet to the fire on that position as well.”

Rewind Festival – ON

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  • When: Throughout August
  • Where: Scone Palace, Perth; Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield; Temple Island Meadows, Henley-On-Thames
  • Who: Jimmy Somerville, Wet Wet Wet, Billy Ocean, Soul II Soul, Bananarama (pictured)

After cancelling in 2020, Rewind stated it had began “planning with confidence” for 2021 after the UK authorities revealed its four-step course of for rising from lockdown (the Perth leg of the competition should adhere to the Scottish authorities’s separate lockdown plans).

Organisers of the 80s throwback competition even joked they’d fashioned their very own SAGE committee – comprised of Sad Aged Gits from the Eighties.

Slam Dunk – ON

  • When: 4-5 September
  • Where: Temple Newsam and Hatfield Park, Leeds
  • Who: Sum 41, Don Broco, While She Sleeps

Usually kicking off the summer time competition season, Slam Dunk Festival organisers have made the choice to push again their occasion from its regular May financial institution vacation weekend.

“We feel the guidance now is clear enough to know the event will happen in September,” says competition director Ben Ray. “With over two months between the 21 June re-opening date and the festival we certainly think there is enough breathing space.”

Solfest – ON

  • When: 27-29 August
  • Where: Solway Coast, Cumbria
  • Who: Maximo Park, Razorlight, Basement Jaxx, Echo & The Bunnymen

One of about 25 music festivals to obtain funds from the federal government’s Cultural Recovery Fun, Solfest will return to the Cumbrian shoreline over August financial institution vacation weekend “with no social distancing measures in place”.

“We are also fortunate enough to have an additional nine weeks after the official end of social distancing measures to survive any short lockdown extensions,” stated organisers in an announcement. If the worst involves the worst, tickets will carry over to subsequent 12 months.

Splendour in Nottingham – ON

  • When: 24 July
  • Where: Wollaton Park, Nottingham
  • Who: Richard Ashcroft, Supergrass, Rick Astley

“It’s been a long time coming but we can promise you it’ll be worth the wait,” stated Splendour, when on 6 March they introduced their return.

Other acts taking part in the one-day, family-friendly competition embrace The Vamps, Belinda Carlisle and Becky Hill.

Standon Calling – ON

  • When: 22-25 July
  • Where: Standon, Hertfordshire
  • Who: Bastille, Hot Chip, Primal Scream

Celebrating its sixteenth 12 months, the impartial, family-friendly competition introduced its line-up on 4 March. As it is going down comparatively rapidly after the lifting of lockdown restrictions, organisers reassured ticket holders they had been taking ample precautions.

“We remain ready to act flexibly and quickly to any changes to the proposed easing of lockdown over the next few months and to implement any necessary safety measures at the time of the event in July,” stated an announcement on their web site.

Sundown – ON

  • When: 3-5 September
  • Where: Norfolk Showground, Norwich
  • Who: Loyle Carner, Sean Paul, Becky Hill, Fredo

Coming on the tail finish of competition season, Norfolk’s “bass and pop” competition appears to be like extra hopeful than most – and has already offered out. “Here’s to a summer together,” organisers declared final month.

Tramlines – HOPEFUL

  • When: 23-25 July
  • Where: Hillsborough Park, Sheffield
  • Who: TBC

Taking place lower than a mile from Sheffield’s metropolis centre, Tramlines has transcended its roots as a free occasion to grow to be one of many greatest festivals within the north east.

Organisers have been cautiously optimistic in regards to the 2021 occasion, telling followers: “There may be bumps in the road ahead, but fear not, we’re doing absolutely everything we can to throw Sheffield that much needed party.” Tickets are on sale now, and a line-up is predicted imminently.


  • When: 9/11 July
  • Where: Glasgow Green, Glasgow
  • Who: Courteeners, Sam Fender, Blossoms, Ian Brown (pictured)

With a line-up introduced and tickets on sale, Scotland’s TRNSMT competition says its “optimistic” this 12 months’s occasion can go forward. More data is predicted this month.

In the meantime, competition boss Geoff Ellis has known as on the Scottish authorities to supply a roadmap for reviving reside occasions, saying some promoters are nervous the nation is aiming for a “zero Covid” state of affairs earlier than lifting restrictions on giant public gatherings.

Speaking to the Scotsman this week, he stated calling off Scottish festivals whereas they go forward in England can be like “trying to hold a giant wave back with a sieve”.

Truck Festival – HOPEFUL

  • When: 23-25 July
  • Where: Hill Farm, Oxfordshire
  • Who: TBC

“The Godfather of the small festival scene,” Oxford’s Truck competition is anticipating to go forward, however has but to announce who’ll be taking part in.

“We’ll be working with the local authorities and following all the latest guidance, but rest assured if we aren’t able to go ahead, all ticket holders will be able to rollover to Truck Festival 2022 or given the opportunity to claim a refund,” stated organisers in an announcement.

Victorious Festival – ON

  • When: 27-29 August
  • Where: Southsea, Portsmouth
  • Who: TBC

Once described as “the best thing to come out of Southsea since Peter Sellers“, the Victorious Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2021.

Organisers are hoping to convey again most of final 12 months’s line-up – which included The Streets, Manic Street Preachers, Royal Blood and Chic – with extra information promised quickly.

Wireless Festival – TBC

  • When: 2-4 July
  • Where: Finsbury Park, London
  • Who: TBC

Wireless, which began out as a nuts-and-bolts indie rock competition in 2005 has, in recent times, remodeled into the UK’s greatest showcase for hip-hop and dirt. The line-up for 2020’s cancelled occasion included A$AP Rocky, Skepta, Da Baby, AJ Tracey and D-Block Europe.

Its heavy reliance on worldwide acts could show problematic so quickly after the easing of coronavirus restrictions. At the time of writing, organisers had no data past their proposed dates for 2021.

Womad – ON

  • When: 22-25 July
  • Where: Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
  • Who: TBC

The world music competition introduced this week that it had put tickets on sale. Organisers say that regardless of “inevitable changes” in keeping with authorities coverage, they are going to “make it happen this year”.

“What is in no doubt is that Womad 2021 will be, as always, a glorious celebration of the global community, its music, arts, culture, and food,” they added.

The UK artists will likely be introduced on 12 April, and organisers hope to announce their worldwide line-up round 17 May.

In the meantime, the competition is streaming concert events with the likes of Erland Cooper and Jasdeep Singh on its web site and Facebook web page.

Y Not Festival – TBC

  • When: 30 July-1 August
  • Where: Pikehall, Derbyshire
  • Who: TBC

Organisers of the 15,000-capacity competition say they’re “hopeful” it can go forward this summer time, promising some “exciting news soon”, together with this 12 months’s line-up.

Noting that the recommendation on Covid-19 was “constantly changing”, they reassured followers that “even if we were told for definite that we cannot go ahead, all tickets are refund- and rollover-guaranteed.

All information was correct at the time of writing. Advice on public gatherings and Covid-related safety guidelines may change, and could affect the prospects of many events.

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