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

MUSIC fans are anxiously waiting festivals and gigs to return for the latter half of the summer, as the UK slowly emerges from lockdown after a four week delay in the roadmap

Boris Johnson announced that the lockdown roadmap plan will be delayed by four weeks meaning concerts and large events can only take place from July 19, 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 now July 19, 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 if the government sticks to the date – 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.

With the festival taking place just three days after restrictions are lifted, the founder Melvin Benn has said the team is still weighing up whether it can take place as planned.

In reference to the four-weel delay, he in a statement said: "We don’t think it means the end of our hopes for Latitude this year.”

“Whilst this evening’s statement is disappointing, we haven’t given up hope just yet.

“Our first priority is always the safety of our festival-goers, the staff and the artists.

"We’ll be working with the local and national authorities and will ensure that IF we aren’t able to go ahead by the end of this week, all ticket holders will be able to roll over their tickets to 2022 or be able to claim a refund.”

He added that he hopes to have a definite answer about whether Latitude will be going ahead by the end of this week.

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 has been moved to 10-12 September.

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

BST Hyde Park

The London park festival announced it was postponed in March.

But Duran Duran and Pearl Jam will still be headlining the 2022 event, on 8-10 July.

Which festivals are yet to announce they will go ahead?

Lovebox will be back for 2022.

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has renewed its call for an urgent intervention from the UK government for festivals this summer after the easing of coronavirus restrictions was delayed by a month.

In May, the AIF issued a “red alert” for this summer's festivals, saying it had hit a “brick wall” in talks with the government after a lack of a scheme began to trigger event cancellations festival insurance. 

Research the organisation gathered showed that 26 per cent of all UK festivals with a capacity of 5,000 or more had announced that they would not be able to go ahead this year.

New AIF analysis suggests that, with the easing of restrictions pushed back to July 19, 93% of remaining UK festivals with a capacity of 5,000 or more could still potentially go ahead this summer.

“The AIF fully understands the rationale for delaying Step Four of the lockdown roadmap,” AIF CEO Paul Reed said in a statement.

“However, any measures that prevent festivals from operating fully have to be counterbalanced with effective support to ensure businesses can survive.

“For those festival organisers that still have a chance of staging events after July 19, that support is government-backed insurance, which will give them the confidence to continue planning and commit the significant costs that entails.

"Ultimately, it is a political choice if the government does not support the sector with insurance at this stage, pushing festival businesses towards another cliff edge."

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