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UK festivals 2021: Line-ups confirmed for this summer, from Isle of Wight, Reading and Leeds to Creamfields

Jochan Embley
·13-min read
<p>Creamfields festival</p> (Warren Simmens)

Creamfields festival

(Warren Simmens)

In 2020, the pandemic made our hopes of hopping from festival to festival throughout the summer little more than a fantasy.

But now, with the arrival of the Government’s roadmap for exiting lockdown, published on February 22, there is hope that we could return to something close to normality this year

The roadmap laid out a number of rule changes for the country over the coming weeks and months, and there are a few key dates regarding festivals:

  • From May 17 at the earliest, indoor venues will be allowed to host performances with a capacity of either 1,000 people or half-full, whichever is lower. At outdoor venues, the capacity increases to 4,000 or half-full, whichever is lower. In “the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out”, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend, or quarter-full, whichever is lower.

  • From June 21 at the earliest, all social distancing rules are set to be removed, which seemingly signals a green light for festivals of all sizes to return.

There are still some question marks though: will festival organisers have to provide Covid tests for all attendees? Or will only vaccinated people be allowed to go? Many organisers have also raised the need for a government-backed cancellation insurance programme, which would let them plan their events without fear of losing money if the pandemic doesn’t recede as hoped, and they’re forced to cancel. There were hopes that such a thing would be included in Rishi Sunak’s Spring Budget, but it didn’t materialise.

Here, we've rounded up the biggest festivals to have confirmed a line-up for 2021. Tickets are on sale now, and if you're wondering whether or not to buy, remember that you'll be entitled to a refund if the event no longer goes ahead as planned, or if the dates are changed, which they may well be. Just make sure you buy from the official retailer, otherwise your consumer rights might be jeopardised.

With fingers crossed, here's the best of the bunch.

Love Supreme

The jazz-centric festival has locked a number of the artists set to appear on its 2020 line-up for next summer’s edition too.

When? July 2-4, 2021

Where? Glynde, Sussex

Who’s on the line-up? TLC, The Isley Brothers, Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes, Sister Sledge, Candi Staton, The Brand New Heavies and more.

Tickets: from £179.30, lovesupremefestival.com

Latitude

This idyllic countryside retreat prides itself on being more than just a music festival — previous editions have brought in everything from comedy to stand-up paddleboarding.

When? July 22-25, 2021

Where? Henham Park, Suffolk

Who’s on the line-up? Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, Snow Patrol and more to be announced

Tickets: from £226.80, latitudefestival.com

Standon Calling

Returning for its 15th edition in 2021, this festival is a crowd-pleaser for all the family, with a wide-ranging line-up and plenty to keep the kids entertained too.

When? July 22-25, 2021

Where? Standon, Hertfordshire

Who’s on the line-up? Bastille, Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Craig David, De La Soul, Everything Everything and more.

Tickets: from £169, standon-calling.com

WOMAD

A festival that prides itself on the rich diversity of its line-up, drawing artists from various music scenes all over the world. Expect everything from reggae to jazz to Afrobeat to techno.

When? July 22-25, 2021

Where? Charlton Park, Wiltshire

Who’s on the line-up? Anoushka Shankar, Jordan Rakei, The Comet Is Coming, Nitin Sawhney, A Certain Ratio, Greentea Peng and more.

Tickets: from £185, womad.co.uk

Tramlines

Sheffield’s biggest city-based music festival is always a popular one, and as so many 2020 ticket holders carried over into 2021, only a few more tickets will be available from midday on April 30.

When? July 23-25, 2021

Where? Hillsborough Park, Sheffield

Who’s on the line-up? The Streets, Royal Blood, Richard Ashcroft, The Kooks, DMA’s, Dizzee Rascal and more.

Tickets: from £45, tramlines.org.uk

Kaleidoscope

This multi-arts one-dayer is blessed with one of the best festival sites in London, set within the grounds of Alexandra Palace and offering panoramic views of the capital.

When? July 24, 2021

Where? Alexandra Palace, London

Who’s on the line-up? Groove Armada, The Coral, Norman Jay MBE, Matt Jam Lamont, Irvine Welsh and more.

Tickets: £44.95, kaleidoscope-festival.com

Kendal Calling

Way up in the Lake District, the festival will be celebrating its 15th birthday in 2021 (delayed by a year, from 2020, of course).

When? July 29-August 1, 2021

Where? Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

Who’s on the line-up? Stereophonics, Supergrass, Dizzee Rascal, The Streets, Craig David’s TS5, Blossoms, The Kooks and more.

Tickets: Sold out, join waiting list here: kendalcalling.co.uk

Camp Bestival

One for the family-sized festival-goers, this one caters to all ages with a programme of events to keep the kids occupied, as well as the adults.

When? July 29-August 1, 2021

Where? Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Who’s on the line-up? Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Becky Hill, Kelis, Friendly Fires, Sophie Ellis Bextor feat. Sink The Pink and more.

Tickets: from £185 for adults, from £62.50 for kids, campbestival.net

Gala

A dance music celebration down on Peckham Rye Park, the broad focus here is on house and disco, but expect a fair few curveballs chucked into the mix too. It expands to two days for the first time in 2021.

When? July 30-August 1, 2021

Where? Peckham Rye Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Jayda G, Gilles Peterson, Horse Meat Disco, Motor City Drum Ensemble, DEBONAIR and more.

Tickets: Friday tickets on sale 10am, April 30, thisisgala.co.uk

South Facing

A new concert series taking place within the newly revived Crystal Palace Bowl, it will spread across almost the entire month of August.

When? August 5-31, 2021

Where? Crystal Palace Bowl, London

Who’s on the line-up? Dizzee Rascal and the Outlook Orchestra, The Streets, Max Richter, Supergrass, English National Opera and more to be announced.

Tickets: from £35, southfacingfestival.com

51st State

The house music favourite, which always draws in some of the biggest names of the genre, returns to north London for 2021.

When? August 7, 2021

Where? Trent Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Francois K, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, Roger Sanchez, Dimitri From Paris, Todd Edwards and more.

Tickets: from £35, 51ststatefestival.com

Beat Retreat

Styled as a festival of both music and wellness, this one-dayer will take place within the splendid grounds of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath.

When? August 7, 2021

Where? Kenwood House, London

Who’s on the line-up? Tom Findlay (Groove Armada), Zero 7, Rob Da Bank, Phil Mison, Chris Coco and more.

Tickets: from £70, beat-retreat.com

We Out Here

The brainchild of DJ and label boss Gilles Peterson, this festival does what he’s been doing for much of his career: connecting the dots between jazz and club culture with electrifying results.

When? August 19-22, 2021

Where? Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire

Who’s on the line-up? Ezra Collective, Gilles Peterson, Greentea Peng, Moses Boyd, Steam Down and more.

Tickets: Sold out, weoutherefestival.com

Creamfields

Always one of the biggest dance music festivals on the calendar, Creamfields is a sure-fire gathering of some of the best-known DJs on the world circuit.

When? August 26-29, 2021

Where? Daresbury, Cheshire

Who’s on the line-up? Peggy Gou, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Deadmau5, Carl Cox, Scooter, Tiesto, Anna, Andy C and more.

Tickets: Sold out, creamfields.com

Victorious Festival

Down on the south coast, this Portsmouth festival always draws in some big names, covering rock, britpop, indie rock, and more.

When? August 27-29, 2021

Where? Portsmouth, Hampshire

Who’s on the line-up? Madness, The Streets, Royal Blood, The Kooks, Richard Ashcroft, Supergrass, Fontaines D.C. and more

Tickets: from £30, victoriousfestival.co.uk

Reading and Leeds

A rite of passage for British festival-goers, these dual-running festivals will rejig themselves slightly for 2021, with two main stages hosting six headliners from the worlds of rock, rap and beyond.

When? August 27-29, 2021

Where? Reading, Berkshire and Leeds, West Yorkshire

Who's on the line-up? Stormzy, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Post Malone, Disclosure, Liam Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age and more.

Tickets: from £232, readingfestival.com/leedsfestival.com

All Points East

One of the biggest festivals in London, with consistently impressive line-ups across a range of genres. It will take place across just one weekend in 2021, instead of the usual two.

When? August 27-30

Where? Victoria Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Jamie xx, Kano, Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Slowthai, Little Simz, Arlo Parks, Nubya Garcia and more.

Tickets: from £59.95, allpointseastfestival.com

Yam Carnival

A new festival set for south London in 2021, this will be a “celebration of Black culture from around the world”, organisers say.

When? August 29, 2021

Where? Clapham Common, London

Who’s on the line-up? Davido, Kehlani, Honey Dijon, Pa Salieu, Fatoumata Diawara, Yemi Alade and more.

Tickets: from £59.50, yamcarnival.com

Maiden Voyage

Another new arrival on the London scene, this one is run by the same people who helm the Jazz Cafe in Camden. The venue’s focused eclecticism is matched on the festival’s line-up.

When? August 29, 2021

Where? London (exact location TBC)

Who’s on the line-up? Biig Piig, Habibi Funk, Moses Boyd, Roy Ayers, Donna Leake and more.

Tickets: from £10, maiden-voyage.co.uk

Field Day

Originally set to take place at The Drumsheds in north London this July, the one-day festival will move back to its “spiritual home” in Victoria Park on the August bank holiday weekend.

When? August 29, 2021

Where? Victoria Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Bicep, The Blessed Madonna, Floating Points, Mount Kimbie, Josey Rebelle, Ross From Friends and more.

Tickets: Sold out, fielddayfestivals.com

Wide Awake

A new festival that was meant to make its debut on the London festival scene last year, this one-dayer returns with a blend of cutting-edge sounds from leftfield indie to jazz.

When? September 3, 2021

Where? Brockwell Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Black Midi, Daniel Avery, Lena Willikens, Erol Alkan, Tropical F*** Storm and more.

Tickets: from £29.50, wideawakelondon.co.uk

Mighty Hoopla

The LGBTQ-friendly festival always has one of the best vibes in London with a line-up that never takes itself too seriously. It’s shifted to this slightly later date than usual for 2021.

When? September 5, 2021

Where? Brockwell Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Cheryl, Becky Hill, En Vogue, Eve, Gabrielle, Atomic Kitten and more.

Tickets: Sold out,mightyhoopla.com

Cross The Tracks

The third in a trio of Brockwell Park festivals on this September weekend, Cross The Tracks takes us on a journey through jazz, soul, funk and beyond.

When? September 5, 2021

Where? Brockwell Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Lianne La Havas,The Cinematic Orchestra, Sister Sledge, Nubya Garcia, Jordan Rakei, Yussef Dayes, Greentea Peng and more.

Tickets: Sold out, xthetracks.com

Wireless

Moving away from its usual home in Finsbury Park for the first time since 2014, the festival moves down south to Crystal Palace Park.

When? September 10-12, 2021

Where? Crystal Palace Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Skepta, Future, Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, AJ Tracey, Headie One, Rick Ross and more.

Tickets: from £82.50, wirelessfestival.co.uk

The Cambridge Club

This family-friendly festival is expanding to the full weekend experience for the first time in 2021, offering up a wide spread of music, comedy, talks, food and more.

When? September 10-12, 2021

Where? Childerley, Cambridgeshire

Who’s on the line-up? Van Morrison, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Beverley Knight, Jack Savoretti and more.

Tickets: from £56, thecambridgeclub.com

TRNSMT

This Glasgow festival is always one of the liveliest music events north of the border, with a guitar-heavy line-up.

When? September 10-12, 2021

Where? Glasgow, Scotland

Who’s on the line-up? Courteeners, Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream, Little Simz, AJ Tracey, Dermot Kennedy and more.

Tickets: from £62.50, trnsmtfest.com

Naked City

This south-east London one-dayer was a very welcome addition to the capital’s festival scene back in 2019, with a strong focus on the relationship between new-age jazz and electronic music.

When? September 11, 2021

Where? Beckenham Place Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Hunee, Sherelle, Joe Armon-Jones, LTJ Bukem, Awesome Tapes From Africa and more.

Tickets: from £31, nakedcityfestival.com

City Splash

Celebrating reggae music and all the genres its influenced over the years, this south London one-dayer will also feature a tasty selection of Caribbean street food vendors.

When? September 12, 2021

Where? Beckenham Place Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Barrington Levy, Lila Iké, Alicai Harley, Channel One, Heartless Crew and more.

We Are FSTVL

One of the capital’s most impressive dance festivals, We Are FSTVL lands in a new location for 2021 but with a typically stacked line-up.

When? September 11-12, 2021

Where? Central Park (Dagenham), London

Who’s on the line-up? Charlotte De Witte, Carl Cox, Andy C, Nina Kraviz, Jamie Jones and more.

Tickets: Sold out, wearefstvl.com

Parklife

Manchester’s biggest festival is also one of the biggest in the UK, boasting huge names from both sides of the Atlantic on its line-up.

When? September 11-12, 2021

Where? Heaton Park, Manchester

Who’s on the line-up? Dave, Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, Skepta, Mabel, Jamie xx, Burna Boy, Peggy Gou, AJ Tracey and more

Tickets: Sold out, parklife.uk.com

Isle of Wight

Traditionally one of the first big blowouts of the summer, Isle of Wight has moved itself to later on in the year, with hopes to “see out the summer in spectacular fashion”.

When? September 16-19, 2021

Where? Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

Who’s on the line-up? Liam Gallagher, Snow Patrol, David Guetta, Duran Duran, Tom Jones, Sam Fender and more.

Tickets: from £185, isleofwightfestival.com

Hospitality Weekend in the Woods

Spread across eight stages in this south London park, the two-dayer will bring together a stellar cast of drum’n’bass favourites.

When? September 18-19, 2021

Where? Beckenham Place Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Netsky, Camo & Krooked, A.M.C, Noisia, Kings of the Rollers + Inja, My Nu Leng and more.

Tickets: Sold out, hospitalityinthewoods.com

Strawberries and Creem

Spanning hip-hop, grime, dancehall, drum’n’bass and beyond, this two-day festival is always a lively one.

When? September 18-19, 2021

Where? Childerley, Cambridge

Who’s on the line-up? PARTYNEXTDOOR, Bugzy Malone, Honey Dijon, Koffee, Pa Salieu, Denis Sulta and more.

Tickets: from £62, strawberriesandcreem.com

Waterworks

Making its inaugural appearance on the London scene after a postponed arrival in 2021, this new one-dayer will draw in various strands of electronic music.

When? September 25, 2021

Where? Gunnersbury Park, London

Who’s on the line-up? Ben UFO, Shanti Celeste, Call Super, Moxie, Craig Richards, Midland and more.

Tickets: £TBA, waterworksfestival.co.uk

Brixton Disco Festival

A festival that very much does what it says on the tin: lots of excellent disco, with a few deviations into its related genres, in various venues around Brixton.

When? October 9, 2021

Where? Brixton, London

Who’s on the line-up? Dimitri From Paris,Crazy P, Dave Lee, Jocelyn Brown, House Gospel Choir, John Morales and more.

Tickets: Sold out, brixtondiscofestival.com

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