The live music and festival business has to be one of the hardest hit casualties of the coronavirus crisis, but, all being well, things hopefully may return to something approaching normal next year after a medical breakthrough with the first effective coronavirus vaccine preventing more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19, a preliminary analysis has shown. The developers – Pfizer and BioNTech have described it as a “great day for science and humanity”. The vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised. The announcement has been warmly welcomed with scientists describing themselves smiling “ear to ear” and some suggesting life could be back to normal by spring.
With the announcement of this great news, we take a look at some of our favourite 2021 festival line ups!
ISLE OF WIGHT
The Isle of Wight Festival remains a staple on the UK’s festival calendar, taking place on 17 – 20 June 2021. The UK’s oldest music festival and takes place in Seaclose Park, Newport on the Isle of Wight. Since first forming in 1968, the Isle Of Wight Festival has secured its place in pop culture history thanks to past performances from Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors, Joni Mitchell and many more music legends. Next year sees Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi and Duran Duran and many others playing the much loved festival.
June 17-20, 2021
Newport, Isle of Wight
Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Pete Tong, Duran Duran and more.
TRNSMT is a UK music festival held at Glasgow Green. Launched in 2017, TRNSMT replaced the popular Scottish festival T In The Park, which was held between 1994 and 2016. The first TRNSMT featured headliners Kasabian, Biffy Clyro and Radiohead and was named the Best New Festival at the 2017 UK Festival Awards. The festival will return from 9 – 11 July 2021 for its fourth year with many of the same artists from the 2020 line-up including headliners Courteeners, Liam Gallagher and Lewis Capaldi.
July 9-11, 2021
Courteeners, Liam Gallagher, Foals, Ian Brown, Little Simz, AJ Tracey and more.
Download is the UK’s leading rock and metal music festival and takes place at its Donington Park home in Derby each year. The first festival was first founded in 2003 and it has hosted such acclaimed music legends and bands such as Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Audio Slave, Linkin Park, Metallica, Feeder, Black Sabbath. System of a Down, AC DC, Rage Against The Machine, KISS, Slipknot and The Prodigy. Avenged Sevenfold, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses have also performed at the Donington event’s history. It has since grown to establish itself the UK’s top and internationally acclaimed rock and heavy metal music festivals.
June 4-6, 2021
Donington Park, Derbyshire
2021 LINE UP
Kiss, System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, A Day To Remember, Deftones, Korn and more
READING AND LEEDS
Reading and Leeds Festivals take place simultaneously over the same UK bank holiday weekend on 27 – 29 August 2021. The multi-genre festival giants topped the poll as the most popular UK festival in the State of Play festival report in 2019, and continue to go from strength to strength. In their extensive history, Reading and Leeds have welcomed music legends such as Green Day, Metallica, Biffy Clyro, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar to the stage. The festival always offers a huge selection of artists and live music spanning genres across rock, pop, hip hop, grime, dance and indie. There is also comedy, theatre, arts, cinema, silent discos and funfairs for a fun-filled weekend.
Reading, Berkshire and Leeds, West Yorkshire
2021 LINE UP
Stormzy, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Post Malone, Disclosure, Liam Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age and more.
Y NOT FESTIVAL
Y Not Festival is an independent UK music festival, showcasing a line-up of rock, indie and alternative music in the heart of the Peak District in July 2021. 2021 will see Y Not celebrate its belated 15th anniversary in these beautiful surroundings, once again inviting festival-goers to dance and laugh their way through an unforgettable weekend at one of the UK’s most intimate and personal festivals.
Neighbourhood Weekender is an indie and rock music festival taking place in Victoria Park, Warrington on Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May 2021. Neighbourhood Weekender is the biggest indie festival in the North West, welcoming both big names and breakthrough new music acts and bands to its three stages. Stone Roses front-man Ian Brown heads the line up, as he performs his first major solo performance in almost a decade at his Saturday night headline slot. Co-headliners Catfish And The Bottlemen take to the stage on Sunday following their sell-out UK arena tour. Festival goers can also look forward to live music from the likes of Sam Fender, Miles Kane, The Wombats. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot, Shed Seven, Pale Waves, Inhaler and amongst others.
CREATION DAY FESTIVAL
A celebration of Alan McGee, Creation Day will bring two days of exceptional live music to Wolverhampton West Park next year (29-30 May 2020). In partnership with The City of Wolverhampton Council, Creation Management and Toura Toura Festivals, the first Creation Day festival will be exclusively curated by the legendary Creation Records label and its visionary founder Alan McGee.
The Happy Mondays, Echo & The Bunnymen, CAST, Black Grape, Echobelly, Editors, Friendly Fires, Ash, Glasvegas, Sleeper, The Wedding Present+ many more…
SOUNDS OF THE CITY
Sounds Of The City launched in Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl in the heart of the city in 2017. The inaugural year featured appearances from Arcade Fire, James and The Verve, Stockport’s own Blossoms and US pop-punks Blink 182. Making the jump across the Pennines to Leeds for a series of outdoor gigs in Millennium Square in 2021, the first show will be headlined by riotous punks IDLES, building on the massive success of their first ever UK No.1 album, 2020’s Ultra Mono. Support comes from London quartet The Big Moon. Foals are confirmed for 9 July, with Aussie rockers DMA’s named as the headliners on 10 July, returning to the UK after a hugely successful run supporting Liam Gallagher in 2019. More acts are still be announced.