Which festivals are going ahead in summer 2021 in the UK?

MUSIC fans are eagerly waiting for festivals and gigs to return this summer as the UK slowly emerges from lockdown.

After Boris Johnson revealed his lockdown roadmap plan, concerts and large events are slated to take place from June 21, 2021, after all restrictions have been lifted.

Will festivals go ahead in summer 2021?

The Prime Minister outlined his plan for unlocking the nation on Monday, February 22.

Big events like concerts and sporting events can go ahead after May 17 – with limits on the number of people allowed to attend.

But the key date everyone is waiting for is June 21, when all other restrictions will be lifted.

However the events are likely to see a host of safety measures in place, such as vaccine passports.

Lockdown will officially end on this date and restrictions on social contact could be lifted – meaning that mass events are allowed to take place.

From then on, nightclubs will be allowed to reopen, along with theatre performances.

Every adult in the UK could receive both doses of a Covid vaccine by August, or even “sooner if needed,” the head of the vaccine taskforce has said.

All Points East

All Points East, an annual festival in East London, has rescheduled its dates.

It will now take place between August 27-29, 2021, in Victoria Park.

The likes of Jamie XX, Kano, Slowthai and Bicep will be among the names at this popular, hipster tinged festival.

Organisers have moved the event from its usual slot in May to August bank holiday weekend, giving it a greater chance of proceeding unimpeded.

The organiser said: "We can't wait to welcome back live music in the UK and be back dancing with you all later this summer."


Parklife will return in Manchester between September 11-12, 2021.

The festival usually takes place in the peak of summer, but has moved the dates back to ensure the gig calendar is in full swing.

A statement from the organisers read: "With all the good recent news, we’re now looking ahead to 2021, and a return to the fields and good times we all love. It's a party 2 years in the making that we all deserve.

"It’s why with that in mind that we have decided to move next year’s festival to the new dates of 11th-12th September, so we can be sure of the good times coming.

"A huge lineup is almost ready, that we can’t wait to show you soon. Trust us when we say it's going to be worth the wait."

Registration has closed but those who have pre-registered will have access to the pre-sale from Wednesday, March 24.

The line-up is being revealed from 6pm on March 2.

Reading & Leeds

Following the Government’s roadmap announcement that all lockdown restrictions will be lifted in June, Reading & Leeds confirmed this year’s festival will happen.

Confirming the 2021 events would go ahead, the official Twitter account wrote: "Reading and Leeds 2021.

"Following the government's recent announcement, we can't wait to get back to the fields this summer. LET'S GO!"

Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi and Post Malone have all been confirmed in the line-up.

According the official website, tickets are still available for Leeds on Friday and Sunday.

Isle of Wight Festival

On March 2, the festival announced they were moving the dates to September 16-19, 2021.

The Isle of Wight Festival was originally due to take place on June 17 to 20 – before the June 21 date of lockdown restrictions being lifted.

Their website said: "The Isle of Wight Festival is a summer staple and two years without being together on the island is too long. That's why we're so excited to announce that we're moving the festival to 16th – 19th September 2021."

It added: "We're aiming to bring back as many of the artists as we can but whatever happens, rest assured, you'll enjoy a stellar line-up over the festival weekend.

"It will be the perfect place to see out the summer in spectacular fashion."

In June 2021, the Fest announced a line-up including Jess Glynn and Lionel Richie.

It is not yet known if they will still be on the bill.


In January Glastonbury was cancelled for a second successive year after organisers said they had tried to "move heaven and earth".

Taking to Twitter Michael and Emily Eavis wrote: "With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us.

"Tickets for this year will roll over to next year."


Boardmasters is set to go ahead in Cornwall between August 11-15.

Tickets are sold out but you can sign up for the resale.

No acts have been announced.


Dance music favourite Creamfields will return to Cheshire across the bank holiday weekend of August 26-29, following on from the cancellation of its 2020 edition.

Deadmau5, Peggy Gou, Eric Prydz and Carl Cox are among the names set to take part in the sold out festival, which is one of the biggest dates on the UK clubbing calendar.

Organisers said in a Twitter message: "We're gearing up to welcome you all to THE party of the summer."

Camp Bestival

The family-friendly festival is due to take place Lulworth Castle in Dorset from July 29 to August 1. 

Camp Bestival is organised by Rob da Bank and fans can see Fatboy Slim, Friendly Fires and Groove Armada in 2021.

Other acts appearing including Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Sugarhill Gang and Heather Small.


On March 1, Download announced that this year's edition of popular heavy metal and rock festival will not take place.

Originally due to take place on the first weekend of June, Download pulled the plug after it became clear the UK wouldn't emerge from lockdown until later in the summer.

Dates have been announced for 2022, with Kiss (who were due to headline in 2020 and 2021) back at the top of the bill at Donington Castle next June.

Tickets for this year's event can be carried over to 2022.


Latitude is set to go ahead in Suffolk between July 22 to 25, organisers Festival Republic have said.

Headliners for 2021 include Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, First Aid Kit and Snow Patrol.


Wilderness will go ahead in Oxfordshire from August 5 to 8.

Organisers said on Twitter: "The sweetest moments are worth waiting for, we've missed you."

The line-up is set to be announced soon for the sold out event.

Festivalgoers have been told to sign up to the waiting list for any resale tickets.


Festival Republic have said this London event Wireless is due to go ahead between July 2 and 4.

The venue is Finsbury Park once again with the line-up yet to be announced.

BST Hyde Park

The dates for the London festival are Friday, July 9 and Saturday July 10.

Pearl Jam was the first name to be announced in the 2021 line-up.

Duran Duran will return to the festival on Sunday, July 11.

Which festivals are yet to announce they will go ahead?

Lovebox has yet to confirm dates for 2021, although June 11-13 has been suggested.

However the website and Twitter feed has no updates for 2021.

Paul Reed, chief executive of the Association of Independent Festivals, told Sky News that the average festival will need to decide whether to go ahead by the end of March, but as of yet, there is no coronavirus insurance to protect them – and that "time is running out".

He said: "We do need urgent intervention on insurance. We're very appreciative to have a 'no earlier than date'.

"But if festivals are to go ahead, we need that intervention before the end of March.

"If that doesn't happen, unfortunately, you're not going to see much of the festival sector this year and [it] will therefore need support until when we're able to return beyond this."

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