UK music festivals in 2021
Major events include the Isle of Wight and Reading and Leeds
Black Deer Festival
Black Deer Festival will be the first major music event to take place in the UK in June. The Kent event, which is held in the grounds of England’s oldest deer park in Eridge Park, showcases music of an independent spirit across multiple stages, exquisite live fire cooking, layers of Americana-inspired lifestyle and custom motorcycle culture. The line-up includes legendary “Belfast Cowboy” Van Morrison, Robert Plant’s latest collaboration Saving Grace with Suzi Dian, Irish roots superstar singer and songwriter Imelda May, award-winning songwriter Jake Bugg and emerging UK Americana artist Jade Bird.
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley
For most of the year Rowden Paddocks near Bromyard in Herefordshire is a fully working farm complete with cows, sheep and chickens. Yet every summer since 2008, a barmy family-friendly festival has also been growing on the site. This year, Nozstock’s ten stages will welcome a diverse range of acts including Sister Sledge, Bill Bailey, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Submotion Orchestra and hundreds more. Tickets have already sold out for the event in July.
Held at Henham Park in Suffolk, Latitude “may be the most middle-class of events”, The Guardian said in its 2019 review, but it was “stylish, dramatic and surprisingly edgy”. This year’s edition starts a day after the restrictions are due to be lifted in July and will be headlined by Bastille, Snow Patrol and First Aid Kit.
29 July-1 August
Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle in Dorset combines an “all-encompassing family festival experience with an action-packed camping holiday”, says the Daily Mirror. Well contained, easy to navigate and relaxed, it was a “kid’s paradise” Fstival added in its review in 2019. This year’s headliners include Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Becky Hill and Kelis.
Dance music festival Creamfields has sold out of tickets for the August bank holiday weekend event. Located in Cheshire, it is a “sure-fire gathering of some of the best-known DJs on the world circuit”, says the London Evening Standard. This year’s line-up includes acts such as Peggy Gou, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Deadmau5, and Scooter.
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be heading to Hampshire this summer for Park Proms at the stunning Broadlands Estate in Romsey. The first night will be headlined by the world-famous 78-piece orchestra who will play a “Last Night of the Proms” styled concert with a number of pieces from films including Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Wars and Superman. Aled Jones, Laura Wright, Escala and The Travelling Hands also play on the opening night, while the second night will focus on classic British pop featuring sets from James Morrison, Pixie Lott and Scouting for Girls – all playing their chart-topping hits.
Reading and Leeds Festivals
“We can’t wait to get back to the fields this summer,” said the organisers of the Reading Festival. All tickets for both Reading and Leeds have now sold out and headline acts this year include Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Post Malone, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Disclosure, and Queens of the Stone Age.
The Big Feastival
Held at a farm in the Cotswolds owned by Alex James, bassist of Blur, The Big Feastival will celebrate its tenth edition in 2021. A fusion of “good food and great music”, it is the “perfect event” for fans of both as it “brings the two together”, says the Daily Mirror. Sigala, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Rag‘n’bone Man have been announced as the headliners.
The UK’s biggest metropolitan festival will return to Southsea seafront this summer with a phenomenal line up of acts. Friday night headliners Madness will bring the party to Portsmouth with crowd-pleasing hits such as Our House and Baggy Trousers. The Streets will headline Saturday night while Brighton duo Royal Blood will close the festival on the Sunday. Richard Ashcroft, The Kooks, The Fratellis, Cast, Feeder, Craig David, Melanie C and Supergrass are also on the bill.
A new one-day music festival will take place in south London’s Brockwell Park in September. Wide Awake will feature artists from a range of genres, such as left-field indie, post punk, electronica, techno and jazz. Acts already confirmed include Idles, black midi, Daniel Avery, Dream Wife, Lena Willikens and SCALPING. Tickets start from £44.50.
A day after Wide Awake is held at London’s Brockwell Park, it will be the turn of Mighty Hoopla. The pop music festival’s 2021 event has already sold out and it promises to be its best yet. This year’s line-up includes Cheryl, En Vogue, Becky Hill, Eve, Gabrielle, Atomic Kitten, Raye, Jimmy Somerville and Betty Boo.
Parklife 2021 at Heaton Park in Manchester is “a party two years in the making that we all deserve”, the organisers said when confirming the dates for September. The festival “blends beats from multiple music genres, including hip hop, grime, pop, rock, club, house and dance DJs”, says the Daily Mirror. Dave (UK festival exclusive), Megan Thee Stallion, AJ Tracey, Skepta, Jamie XX, Eric Prydz and Carl Cox are on the line-up.
City Splash 2021
The influence of reggae music, food and culture will be celebrated at City Splash 2021 in London’s Beckenham Place Park in September. More than 8,000 people will watch 40 artists on four stages, with headline acts including Barrington Levy, Lila Iké, Alicai Harley, Heartless Crew, Channel One, and Eva Lazarus. As well as the music, the festival will also host London’s finest Caribbean street food vendors.
Isle of Wight Festival
Organisers of the Isle of Wight Festival have confirmed new dates for the 2021 event. Instead of June, the festival will now be held from 16-19 September. “The Isle of Wight Festival is a summer staple and two years without being together on the island is too long,” a statement said. Liam Gallagher, Tom Jones, Snow Patrol, David Guetta and Duran Duran are among the headliners.
Hospitality Weekend In The Woods
Drum and bass DJs from some of the world’s leading labels, collectives and parties will be heading to Beckenham Place Park in south east London in September. Featuring eight stages, Hospitality Weekend In The Woods has announced the line-up for 2021 and confirmed acts include Netsky, Camo & Krooked, A.M.C, Noisia, Kings of the Rollers + Inja, My Nu Leng, Calibre & DRS, Hype, Sherelle, a 94-98 Dillinja set and DJ Storm.