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A Music Festival in 2021: What’s Going Ahead

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Last year, the Covid-19 pandemic pulled the plug on the entire UK music festival scene. Epic sets were lost and no one got to live their best lives stomping in two feet of mud. But the year that shall not be named has passed, the vaccine roll out is well underway, and festival organisers are confident they can bring the good times back. In this guide, we’ll look at the music festivals that are going ahead, who’s on the bill, and all the key info you need to hit the fields in 2021.

UK Music Festivals Going Ahead

The sheer size of Glasto and Boomtown mean they’ve had to postpone for another year, but there are still festivals going ahead with top acts that will keep the party going until the small hours. And we could all do with some of that after a year of rolling lockdowns. Here we’ve included the festivals that are going ahead and with tickets still available at the time of writing. 

The Big Festival

When: August 27-29th

Where: Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds

Price: Day Tickets from £82

The Big Festival is held at Blur star Alex James’ Cotswolds farm and this will be it’s 10th anniversary. It’s a family-friendly festival that celebrates with top music and delicious food. This year’s headliners are Sigala, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man closing things out. There are loads of other big names to catch with Zara Larsson, Tom Walker, Ella Eyre and more all down for a set. 

Little party goers get their own section and can go wild for The Octonaughts: Captain Barnacles and Kwazii, Hey Duggee, Horrible Histories. There are loads of kid friendly acts alongside si;ent discos, a vintage funfair, and more to make sure the whole family gets in on the fun. Expect good food and good times at this unique festival.

Latitude Music Festival

When: 22nd-25th July

Where: Henham Park, Suffolk

Price: Adult Weekend Tickets – £226.80, Teen Weekend – £156.60, Childs Weekend – £15

Latitude is a smaller festival that makes it much easier to ensure everything is Covid secure while keeping that festival vibe. It always brings together the creative arts for a weekend of cultural escape that goes way beyond the big name artists, but they have those too.

On the main stage, headliners include Wolf Alice, The Chemical Brothers, and Batsile with an eclectic mix of artists performing throughout the weekend. But the real draw of Latitude is the variety of performances on offer. 

There will be belly aching sets from top comedians like Jo Brand, Simon Amstell, and Kathrine Ryan to keep the laughs coming. Literature and Arts talks by renowned creatives like Charlie Macksy, Akala, and Vick Hope. And loads of family friendly activities that will spark curiosity and introduce young minds to a cultural landscape that is brimming with talent.

Covid-19 vaccinations are not required to attend the festival, but non-vaccinated attendees will be tested before entering to keep everyone safe.

One in the Woods

When:17-18 July

Where: Orrell Hill Wood, Liverpool 

Price: Day Tickets – £37.50, Weekend Tickets – £80

This is a brand new festival for 2021 and it’s all about those electronic beats.Top acts from the world of dance, drum and bass, and techno will take to the stage for  two dance packed days. Jeff Mills, Sub Focus, Ben Klock, and Camo & Krooked are only a few of the acts churning out the beats, which should give you a flavour of what’s to come.

This is strictly an over 18s event and no one younger will be allowed entry, even if they’re accompanied by an adult. You know this is going to be a big party. If you want in, the kids need to be at the grandparents house.

The organisers have thought ahead and booked preliminary dates in September incase restrictions aren’t lifted in time so you don’t have to worry about cancellations. With reasonable ticket prices and a packed roster of artists, this is a superb choice for electronic party lovers.

The festival will follow any government advice and at this stage, no social distancing measures are expected to be enforced. This may change. Should the event be forced to move to September dates, all tickets will remain valid. If you cannot attend in September, full refunds will be given. 

Slam Dunk Music Festival

When: 4-5 September 

Where: Temple Newsam and Hatfield Park, Leeds

Price: Day Tickets from £82.50, Weekend Tickets – £151.80

Slam Dunk is usually one of the first music festivals on the circuit, but they’ve pushed the dates back this year to ensure they can go ahead without any coronavirus restrictions issues.

This ones for the punk and metal fans that want to get closer to the bands and thrash it out in the pit. This year’s headliners are Sum 41 and Don Broco with colossal acts like Pennywise, NOFX, and Comeback Kid on the full line up.

With Download offering a massively scaled back event, this is a fantastic option to get a proper festival experience and catch incredible sets. And remember, if you don’t leave with a few bruises you’re doing it wrong.

Solfest

When: 27-29th August

Where: Solway Coast, Cumbria

Price: Day Tickets from £37.45 – Weekend Tickets from £127.33

This award winning family music and arts festival creates a magical world for people of all ages. With spectacular installations, artistic activities, and plenty of whimsical costumes, this event is all about enchanting fun. 

Basement Jaxx, Razorlight, and Maximo Park are joined by a varied mix of artists to get the party going. That means there’s a set for every music taste at this vibrant festival. There’s eight stages in all with something going on all through the weekend. Honestly, clashes will be your main problem.

As a family friendly event there’s plenty of spaces for little ones to run free. It’s easy for them get caught up in all the fun of a festival and stay safe. And if you need a break from the music, there are comedy sets and performances for a chilled out experience.

Standon Calling

When: 22nd-25th July 

Where: Standon, Hertfordshire

Price: Day Tickets from £65 – Weekend £159

This family friendly event has been going for 15 years and 2021 promises to be the party we all deserve. With music, comedy, and kids entertainment there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. And we’ve not even got to the street food and hot tubs yet.

The line up is one of the best ever and headliners Bastille, Hot Chip, and Primal Scream. They will round out the days in unforgettable style and entertain the crowds. Incredible acts run right through this line up and keep the good times going from the minute you pitch up. 

The best thing about this festival is that it’s not hyper focused on the music. Sure, there are acts that you don’t want to miss, but the whole festival site is an experience. Even in those moments when you’ve danced a tad too hard, the incredible food, kids activities, and chill out areas will help you get your groove back like your name is Stella.

Victorious Festival

When: 27-29th August 

Where: Southsea, Portsmouth

Price: Day Tickets from £35 – Weekend Tickets £120

Victorious Festival is a weekend when the party invades this famous naval city. This is another family friendly event with a dedicated kids arena that will be packed character appearances, kids bangers, and loads of games.

Adults will enjoy a packed line up full of artists that are storming the charts today, and few to remind you of the good old days. Headliners are Madness, The Streets, and Royal Blood, but this might be the biggest line up on the circuit. Feeder, Supergrass, Richard Ashcroft, and The Fratellis are all performing further down the bill.

Camping for this one is off site and it gives you a chance to soak up the atmosphere in the whole city. The festival site has everything you need though, with top food traders, bars, and places to chill. Oh, and the Kids Arena is free until 6pm.

WOMAD Festival

When: 22-25 July

Where: Charlton Park, Wiltshire 

Price: 3 Day Tickets £185 – 4 Day Tickets £225

WOMAD festival brings together the world of music and dance, and we really mean the whole world. This diverse festival attracts artists from all over the world for a vibrant weekend full of fresh flavours and sounds for a festival like no other in the UK.

Artists include Anoushka Shankar, Jordan Rakei, and The Comet Is Coming. Don’t worry if those names mean nothing to you, that’s what this party is all about. Immersing yourself in an eclectic atmosphere and discovering something new.

There are loads of talks, workshops, and activities scheduled that make this festival what it is. That’s new experiences and finding new favourites. It’s fantastic for families and introducing the kids to new things that will broaden their horizons without straying far from home.

Make Music Festival Memories

That’s your rundown of festivals that will be going ahead this summer. If you’re planning on getting involved, we recommend regularly checking the government website for advice and restriction changes. But, right now, it’s looking good for a packed festival season with countless bands, stalls and sets that make for top events. So, take a look, book your tickets, and get the wellies to do summer right.

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Ashley Bird

Ever since the birth of his first child, Ashley has been trying to squeeze a little more out of every penny. Three years and another child later, he's a dab hand at finding a deal and getting things done for less. Whether you need help planning a budget friendly family day out, or saving on all things home, he can help you out.

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