With the announcement by the UK government that restrictions are expected to end on June 21, music festivals across the region are feeling confident enough to not only announce dates, but lineups. Hey, we know things can change between now and the summer, but for now let’s keep hope alive with these 20+ festivals.
When: July 22-25, 2021
Where: Standon, UK
The Scene: Each summer, Standon Calling tells a new story, bringing their garden party to life with a themed world that has included monsters, the circus, and legends of the lost sees. Across four fun-filled days you’ll hear music from the acts you love and the very best in emerging talent. Savor incredible food, dance until the early hours, enjoy an abundance of family activities, lounge by the pool, luxuriate in a hot tub, or relax with a massage.
More Info: Standon Calling 2021 Guide
When: September 23-26, 2021
Where: Shepton Mallet, UK
The Scene: It's action sports meets a rave when they hard-partying NASS Festival comes to the south-west of England. Dance down at the warehouse party, mosh at the main stage, or check out world class BMXers, inline skaters, and skateboarders.
More Info: NASS Festival 2021 Guide
When: July 6-10, 2022
Where: Gloucestershire, UK
The Scene: This independent festival brings together the best of new and underground British music every July. The three-day extravaganza is set in the stunning Cotswold Hills. 2000trees promises no genre distinction, with the caveat 'that most of the bands do tend to hold guitars.'
More Info: 2000trees 2022 Guide
When: August 29, 2021
Where: London, UK
The Scene: In the packed London festival scene, Field Day continues to stand apart from the crowd each summer. The outdoor festival has sold out every year since its inception in 2007 -- no wonder since Field Day's alumni include Pixies, Metronomy, Animal Collective, Disclosure, Patti Smith, FKA Twigs, Savages, Of Montreal, and Run the Jewels. This bounty of indie rock also boasts the infamous Village Mentality which features a wry mix of team games, DIY side stalls, and competitive eating!
More Info: Field Day Festival 2021 Guide
When: July 14-17, 2022
Where: Stirlingshire, Scotland
The Scene: 'Doune the Rabbit Hole is an intimate, independent music & arts festival located amidst the glorious ancient oak trees of the Cardross Estate, near (Scotland’s ONLY) Lake of Menteith, in Stirlingshire. Started in 2010, at a site near the town of Doune (hence the name!) they have been celebrating the very best of Scotland’s independent/DIY arts scene alongside amazing international guests.'
More Info: Doune the Rabbit Hole 2022 Guide
When: July 22-25, 2021
Where: Suffolk, UK
The Scene: The pioneering Latitude festival is of the UK's favorite mega-festivals. The world class lineup is mixed with comedy, literature, poetry, and theater -- all set in the fairytale setting of Henham Park in the Suffolk countryside. One of the highlights of the festival season, Latitude is sure to have something for everyone.
More Info: Latitude Festival 2021 Guide
When: September 3, 2021
Where: London, UK
The Scene: Wake up to the potential of this new music festival in London. Wide Awake is a music festival for fans looking for something different. Expect leftfield indie, post punk, electronica, techno, and jazz at this single day festival held in Brockwell Park.
More Info: Wide Awake Festival 2021 Guide
When: September 25-26, 2021
Where: Bristol/Nottingham, UK
The Scene: This traveling UK festival features the best up and comers in the region with alumni including The xx, Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, The 1975, Frank Turner, Caribou, Wolf Alice, Jake Bugg, SBTKRT, Florence + The Machine, Peace, and Courtney Barnett. The metropolitan festival moves each day over the weekend from Manchester to Bristol to Nottingham, utilizing the best venues across all three cities.
More Info: Dot to Dot UK 2021 Guide
When: July 23-24, 2021
Where: Buckinghamshire UK
The Scene: A family friendly weekend welcomes festies of all ages to PennFest in Buckinghamshire. The picturesque village of Penn Street hosts an impressive array of contemporary and established performers, creative workshops, and a global artisan market, all lovingly crafted together to create a perfect event for the whole family.
More Info: PennFest 2021 Guide
When: July 29-August 1, 2021
Where: Dorset, UK
The Scene: It's summer camp for both kids and adults when the legendary Bestival delivers their unique spin on the family-friendly festival. The multi-award winning Camp Bestival combines an all-encompassing family festival experience with an action packed camping holiday; something that they like to call a Festi-Holiday. Set on the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coastline, Camp Bestival is jam-packed with entertainment.
The Lineup: Fatboy Slim
More Info: Camp Bestival 2021 Guide
When: July 28-30, 2022
Where: Beauly, Scotland
The Scene: Head to the Scottish Highlands for a weekend of music and fun at the Tartan Heart Festival. This three day camping festival features a wild range of music from national acts on the main stage to an amazing array of traditional talent on the Grassroots stage. There’s so much to do here besides the music like comedy, wrestling, poetry readings, movie sing-a-longs, art presentations, and whisky tastings.
More Info: Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2022 Guide
When: July 29-31, 2022
Where: Topcliffe, UK
The Scene: The UK's ultimate family festival, Deer Shed is fun for everyone at Baldersby Park in North Yorkshire. There's plenty here to keep everyone entertained, with a deep lineup of music, science tents full of experiments, plenty of sports activities, and much more festival fun. There are all kinds of camping options including vintage tents, yurts, and tipis if you don't feel like setting up your own site.
The Lineup: Django Django
More Info: Deer Shed Festival 2022 Guide
When: August 11-15, 2021
Where: Derbyshire, UK
The Scene: Over 100 international rock and metal acts descend on the peaceful village of Walton on Trent in Derbyshire for four days of mayhem. Bloodstock has earned a fan favorite reputation 'by consistently showcasing the strongest metal line up on UK soil.'
More Info: Bloodstock 2021 Guide
When: August 17-20, 2022
Where: Bristol, UK
The Scene: Taking its name from a mathematical trigonometric function, ArcTanGent is an award winning annual rock festival in Somerset, England. Beginning over pints between friends over a decade ago, the festival has evolved into an impressive lineup of math rock, post rock, progressive metal, experimental rock, and more. The unique lineup brings like-minded rock lovers from all over the world to revel in rock.
More Info: ArcTanGent 2022 Guide
When: August 26-28, 2021
Where: Lincolnshire, UK
The Scene: Deep in an abandoned woodland village, this intimate festival reveals a world-class lineup, tasty food, gut-busting comedy, creative workshops, and lakeside chilling. The immersive festival experience draws festies in with an event-wide narrative that features structured around an interactive theater performance.
More Info: Lost Village 2021 Guide
When: August 27-29, 2021
Where: Reading, UK
The Scene: The infamous Reading & Leeds Festival is heralded as the best music show on the planet. With the most revered artists from across the globe playing each year across the August Bank Holiday weekend, it is a genuine rite of passage for discerning music lovers everywhere.
The Lineup: Charli XCX, Disclosure, Lewis Capaldi, Liam Gallagher, Machine Gun Kelly, Nothing But Thieves, Post Malone, Queens of the Stone Age, Sofi Tukker, Stormzy, The Wombats, Two Door Cinema Club, Wolf Alice
More Info: Reading Festival 2021 Guide
When: August 26-29, 2021
Where: Daresbury, UK
The Scene: With two decades spent at the forefront of electronic music, there's not many festivals in the world that can compare to the behemoth that is Creamfields. The UK fests features 300 artists performing across a mind-blowing 30 stages with over 70,000 festies in attendance. Every summer, this four-day festival unleashes a lineup that covers the full spectrum of dance music.
The Lineup: Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Alesso, Andy C, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Chase & Status, deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Example, Gorgon City, Jamie Jones, Martin Garrix, Nina Kraviz, Paul Van Dyk, Sigma, Tiesto, W&W
More Info: Creamfields 2021 Guide
When: September 3-5, 2021
Where: Norwich, UK
The Scene: The perfect way to close the busy summer festival season with one last party in the sun, Sundown Festival hosts only the biggest and best in pop, dance and urban acts across a weekend of music and mayhem.
The Lineup: Example
More Info: Sundown Festival 2021 Guide
When: September 2-5, 2021
Where: North Dorset, UK
The Scene: Indie rock and folk are the hallmarks of this Dorset festival which takes places at the end of the season. It's hosted at the Larmer Tree Gardens and features four stages.
More Info: End of the Road Festival 2021 Guide
When: September 4-5, 2021
Where: Leeds/Hatfield, UK
The Scene: Slam Dunk started out as a pop-punk club night at The Cockpit, Leeds in the early 00's. Out of the success of the club night Slam Dunk started putting on international touring artists from the genre like Fallout Boy, Paramore and Panic! at The Disco in Leeds, before developing Slam Dunk Festival. Slam Dunk Festival is now the number one pop-punk, rock and alternative festival in the UK held over 2 fully outdoor sites in Hatfield Park and Temple Newsam Park in Leeds to over 50,000 rock fans.
More Info: Slam Dunk Festival 2021 Guide