UK music festivals in 2021: which events are going ahead?
This year’s festival line-up includes Isle of Wight, Creamfields, Reading and Leeds
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 also “stylish, dramatic and surprisingly edgy”. This year’s edition will be headlined by Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, Bastille and Bombay Bicycle Club. Blur’s Damon Albarn will also perform a solo set on the Waterfront Stage.
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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 and Becky Hill.
Nozstock The Hidden Valley presents: Into The Valley
This intimate one-day event with camping will be “brimming with musical delights, tasty grub and more”. Held in Herefordshire, Into The Valley will see acts such as Dub-Pistols, Danny Byrd, and Ed Solo appear.
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.
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.
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.
Cross the Tracks
Brixton’s jazz, funk and soul feast will move to Sunday 5 September for its second edition. Celebrating music legends and exciting new talent alike, the festival at Brockwell Park in south London will feature acts such as Masego on the Friday and Corinne Bailey Rae for the Soul Sunday All-Dayer.
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, Hollie Cook, Twinkle Brothers, Kiko Bun, and Dawn Penn. 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.