Glastonbury was meant to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. The festival found itself corona cancelled and the plan was to double down this year. But organisers announced last month that the legendary festival would be cancelled for another year running and we all basically freaked out. It looked like this summer would be another washout and every other festival would fall, domino-like. But that’s not the case.
It turns out that there are plenty of festivals ploughing ahead and this summer promises to be an epic post-COVID party season. Here are some of the festivals still going ahead…
All Points East
Can you believe that we’re going to be back at festivals this summer? Right now it might feel unlikely, but with the exception of Glasto a lot of the big summer festivals are now back on, not least London’s All Points East.
Tickets are now on sale for the August Bank Holiday Victoria Park festival, with headline acts including Jamie XX, Kano and Little Simz.
Why not buy some tickets while you’re sat on that park bench waiting for a stranger to talk to.
Reading and Leeds Festival
Legendary, rights-of-passage festivals Reading and Leeds are going to be back this summer and boy have we missed them!
The festival, set across twin sites 200 miles apart, will take place between 27th and 29th August. Speaking to the BBC, the festival boss Melvin Benn said “The good news is that we can be very confident that Reading and Leeds is going to take place”.
When pressed on how it could go ahead when others like Glasto had cancelled he replied “In fairness, we haven’t done it, the government have done it. The government are vaccinating everybody and that’s how it’s going to happen”
Maybe they should invite The Vaccines to headline?
The Big Festival
Cheese churning Blur bassist Alex James is back with The Big Festival this year. Run out of his back garden (albeit a rather grand, farm sized back garden), the family friendly festival is a Cotswolds must.
Going ahead between Friday 27th August and Sunday 29th August, the lineup already includes the likes of Nile Rogers, CHIC, Rag‘n’Bone Man and Sigala.
‘A party two years in the making’ is the tagline at Parklife 2021, and the sentiment speaks to so many areas of life this summer when, hopefully freed by the vaccine rollout, life will creep back toward normal.
Normal, for the Manchester festival will include a weekend of partying, on the 11th and 12th September, with a line up yet to be announced.
With a lineup for 2021 including David Guetta, Chemical Brothers and Tiesto, Creamfields promises to be huge.
Already sold out (sorry), the Cheshire festival has been brought forward a weekend so as not to clash with, well, pretty much everything else going on for Bank Holiday weekend and will take place between 26th and 28th August.
Latitude are cutting it fine. The 22nd to 25th July festival comes only a month after the government plans to issue the all-clear, but doesn’t leave a lot of room for delays and probably means that few festival-goers will have received their second vaccine doses.
But the stakes are no doubt worth it for the Suffolk festival. And the line up, including Lewis Capaldi, Bastille and Snow Patrol, will likely mark the first time most of the audience have seen the acts, or a crowd, in well over a year.
To be fair to Latitude, Wireless are even more ballsy when it comes to reopening. The current guidelines say that social distancing will end just a few days before this festival kicks off on 2nd July, running until the 4th.
Based in Finsbury Park, London’s number one urban music festival is still officially slated to go ahead, but with no line-up confirmed and tickets still not on sale we’re not going to hold our breaths just yet…