All the major UK festivals that have confirmed line-ups for 2021

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n 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.

Here, we’ve rounded up the biggest festivals to have confirmed a line-up for 2021. Some of the events are set to take place before the rule changes on May 17 and June 21, so we’ll update this page once more info on them arrives.Otherwise, 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.

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? May 1, 2021 (awaiting confirmation after the roadmap announcement)

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

The Great Escape

Bursting with fresh talent, this festival is one of the UK’s very best when it comes to showcasing tomorrow’s stars. It’s another multi-venue arrangement, spread across 35 venues in Brighton, all within walking distance of each other.

When? May 12-15, 2021 (awaiting confirmation after the roadmap announcement)

Where? Brighton, East Sussex

Who’s on the line-up? R.A.E, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Pa Salieu, Bree Runway, Emma-Jean Thackray and more.

Download

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Few festivals turn it up to 11 quite like Download, with the long-running rock music extravaganza securing some of the biggest bands in the scene.

When? June 4-6, 2021 (awaiting confirmation after the roadmap announcement)

Where? Donington Park, Derbyshire

Who’s on the line-up? Kiss, System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, A Day To Remember, Deftones, Korn and more

Junction 2

Some of the finest names in house and techno descend on west London for this two-day festival, situated beneath the M4 motorway bridge in Boston Manor Park.

Who’s on the line-up? Amelie Lens, Nina Kraviz, Jon Hopkins, Honey Dijon, Four Tet and more.

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.

Where? Childerley, Cambridgeshire

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

Isle of Wight

The long-standing weekender is back for 2021 with another line-up full of crowd-pleasers, both veterans and newcomers, taken from the worlds of rock and pop.

When? June 17-20, 2021 (awaiting confirmation after the roadmap announcement)

Where? Newport, Isle of Wight

Who’s on the line-up? Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Pete Tong, Duran Duran, Jess Glynne, Sam Fender, Carly Rae Jepsen and more.

Strawberries and Creem

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

Where? Childerley, Cambridge

Who’s on the line-up? PARTYNEXTDOOR, Sean Paul, Koffee, Bugzy Malone, Denis Sulta and more.

Hampton Court Palace Festival

A concert series that runs within the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace — there are few more impressive places to watch live music within the M25.

When? Various dates, June 2021 (awaiting confirmation after the roadmap announcement)

Where? Richmond-upon-Thames, London

Who’s on the line-up? Tom Jones, Bastille Reorchestrated, Rick Astley, Lionel Richie, George Benson, Björn Again.

BST Hyde Park

One of London’s biggest concert series, you can always count on the line-up here to deliver some big names from the worlds of rock, pop and beyond.

When? Various dates, July 2021

Who’s on the line-up? Duran Duran, Pearl Jam, Idles, Pixies, Grace Jones, Nile Rodgers and Chic and more to be announced.

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.

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.

Kew The Music

This series of “picnic concerts” offers the chance to listen to some big-name artists while enjoying the bucolic surroundings of Kew Gardens (and nibbling on sandwiches).

Where? Kew Gardens, London

Who’s on the line-up? Van Morrison, James Blunt, James Morrison, Bananarama, Will Young and more

TRNSMT

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

Who’s on the line-up? Courteeners, Liam Gallagher, Foals, Ian Brown, Little Simz, AJ Tracey and more.

Field Day

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This north London festival was set to slim down to one day in 2020, with a sharper focus on dance music. It retains its full line-up for next summer.

Where? Meridian Water, London

Who’s on the line-up? Bicep, The Black Madonna, Floating Points, Mount Kimbie, Artwork, Donna Leake, Floorplan, George FitzGerald and more.

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.

Where? Henham Park, Suffolk

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

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.

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

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.

Where? Alexandra Palace, London

Who’s on the line-up? Groove Armada, with more to be announced.

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.

51st State

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

Where? Trent Park, London

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

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.

Where? Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Where? London (exact location TBC)

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

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.

Where? Brockwell Park, London

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

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.

Where? Brockwell Park, London

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