2020 Festival Guide - a round-up of UK, Ireland and International festivals
Posted: 23rd May 2020
Recently cancelled, added or updated: Boardmasters Festival
, Kew the Music
, Call of the Wild Festival
, Love Saves The Day
, Forest Live
, Slam Dunk Festival
, Reading and Leeds
, The Bath Festival
, Raw Power Festival
, Funk and Soul Weekender
, Mouth of the Tyne Festival
, Love Supreme Festival
, Live at Leeds
, Meltdown Festival
, Live in the Wyldes
, C2C: Country to Country
, Neighbourhood Weekender
, Sea Change
, Bearded Theory's Late Summer Gathering
, Liverpool SoundCity
, Ireby Festival
, Isle of Wight Festival
, All Points East
, Mods Mayday
All prices are exclusive of booking fees. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, festivals are liable to be cancelled at short notice - many have already been rescheduled to next year. Check social media or this guide - and see the updates sidebar to the right of this guide.
For your convenience, we have also split our festival listings by size and type:
- Boutique Festivals
- Family-Friendly Festivals
- International Music Festivals
- 80s Festivals/ Tours
- Green/ Sustainable Festivals
And also by genre:
Read on for the complete overview.
Dot to Dot
(22nd - 24th May) Postponed - new date to be announced. Returns to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham BBC Sound of 2020 runners-up, Easy Life, plus Steam Down, Skinny Living, Alexandra Savior, Chartreuse and more.
Raw Power Festival
(22nd - 25th May) Postponed - new date to be announced. New dates to be announced. The Psych-rock festival is set to returns to London's The Dome and Shacklewell Arms with Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Pye Corner Audio, Colossal Squid, Cocaine Piss, Chrome Hoof and more.
Cardiff Psych and Noise Fest
(5th - 6th Jun) in London's Boston Manor Park (Brentford) once again, featuring Jon Hopkins (live), Fatima Yamaha, plus: Four Tet, Joy Orbison, Dixon, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz, Hessle Audio Sound System, Ben Klock and more.
North West Calling
(6th Jun) in Greater Manchester with Ruts DC, The Rezillos, Goldblade, Sham 69 [Jimmy Pursey], Anti-Nowhere League, Hung Like Hanratty, Duncan Reid and the Big Heads, Gimp Fist, Dirt Box Disco and more.
Land Beyond Festival
(19th - 21st Jun) Brand new for 2020 in York, with Lionel Richie, Westlife, Madness, Howard Donald, All Saints, Scouting for Girls, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, DJ Craig Charles, The Lightning Seeds and more.
Black Deer Festival
(19th - 21st Jun) in Kent with Wilco, Saving Grace featuring Robert Plant and Suzo Dian, Imelda May, The Waterboys, Saving Grace, Wildwood Kin, Jade Bird, The Dead South, Lukas Nelson, Wade Bowen, Shovels and Rope, The Milk Carton Kids, Birds of Chicago, Sam Duckworth, Madison Violet, The Felice Brothers, The Secret Sisters and more.
Heritage Live Summer Concerts
(21st Jun) in London with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and more to be announced.
Sounds of the City
(1st - 11th Jul) in Greater Manchester with Crowded House, Paul Heaton, Foals, Kaiser Chiefs, The Streets, Lewis Capaldi, Everything Everything, Razorlight, Hacienda Classical, DMA's, Jacqui Abbott, The Blinders and more,
BST Hyde Park
(4th - 10th Jul) in London, featuring Duran Duran (with Gwen Stefani and Nile Rodgers + Chic), Kendrick Lamar (with James Blake and Brittany Howard), Pearl Jam (with Pixies, White Reaper and more), plus Little Mix and more to be announced.
Hi Tide Festival
(4th - 5th Jul) New for 2020, in Margate with Fatboy Slim (Saturday, with Jax Jones, Hannah Wants, Riton and more) and Madness (Sunday, with Rudimental - DJ set, Baxter Dury, Gentleman's Dub Club, Hollie Cook and more).
Greenwich Music Time
(9th - 12th Jul) in Somerset with The Streets, Andy C, BANKS, Kenny Ken, Chase and Status - DJ Set, Grooverider, Greentea Peng, Ocean Wisdom, Nu:Logic, Crissy Criss, Mahalia, Dynamite MC, Shy FX, Ms Banks, DJ Guv, Bladerunner, Jeremy Loops, Shadow Demon Coalition and more.
(16th - 19th Jul) in Suffolk with Liam Gallagher, Haim, Chemical Brothers, Michael Kiwanuka, The Lumineers, Keane, James Vincent McMorrow, Charli XCX, The Futureheads, Inhaler, Kawala, Phoebe Bridgers, Girl Ray, Marika Hackman, Pat Thomas, Local Natives, Joy Crookes, Ibibio Sound Machine, Bill Bailey, John Cooper Clarke and more. Tickets available.
Ronnie Scott's presents Milestones Festival
Summer Nights at the Bandstand
(30th Jul - 15th Aug) in Glasgow with Van Morrison, Primal Scream, Richard Hawley, Yusuf Islam, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Rick Astley, Edwyn Collins, KT Tunstall, Rufus Wainwright, Suzanne Vega, King Creosote, Belinda Carlisle, Altered Images and more.
(30th Jul - 2nd Aug) in Cornbury, Oxfordshire with a line-up to be announced.
(31st Jul - 2nd Aug) in Sheffield with Ian Brown, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Madness, The Kooks, DMAs, Dizzee Rascal, The Hives, Pale Waves, La Roux, The Sherlocks, The Fratellis, The Pigeon Detectives, The Big Moon, Lucy Spraggan, The Magic Gang, Sister Sledge, Sundara Karma, Easy Life and more.
Let's Rock Belfast
Leeds Ska And Mod Festival
110 Above Festival
This is Tomorrow Festival
Green Man Festival
(20th - 23rd Aug) in Brecon with Michael Kiwanuka, Caribou, Mac DeMarco, Little Dragon, Goldfrapp, Thundercat, Lucinda Williams, Richard Dawson, Shame, Parquet Courts, Agnes Obel, Gruff Rhys, Katy J Pearson, Bambara, Egyptian Blue, Tropical Fuck Storm, Viagra Boys, Porridge Radio, Alabaster DePlume, Otoboke Beaver, The Murder Capital, Lankum, Steam Down, Black Midi, Boy Azooga, Nap Eyes, Lazy Day, Sarathy Korwar, Matt Maltese, (Sandy) Alex G, The Orielles, Torres, This Is The Kit, Ty Segall, Moon Duo, Nadine Shah, JOHN, Do Nothing, Working Men's Club, Emma-Jean Thackray, Kokoroko, Deep Throat Choir, Fenne Lily, Liz Lawrence and more.
(21st - 23rd Aug) in Devon with Travis, Flogging Molly, Levellers, Gary Numan, Imelda May, From the Jam, Hawkwind, The Skints, Dreadzone, New Model Army, Skindred, Show of Hands, Indigo Girls, Alabama 3, Avalanche Party, Henge, Trevor Hall, Dubioza Kolektiv, The Big Moon, Gentleman's Dub Club, Damien Dempsey, Shooglenifty, Los de Abajo, Mad Dog Mcrea and more.
Great Northern Ska Festival
(27th - 30th Aug) in Northamptonshire with artists to be announced on the spring equinox.
(27th - 30th Aug) in Cheshire with Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Pendulum Trinity, Tiësto, The Chainsmokers, Alesso, MK, Sander van Doorn, Todd Terry, Andy C, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Jonas Blue, Jax Jones, Sigma, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Chase and Status - DJ Set, Above & Beyond, Gareth Emery, Mauro Picotto, Sven Väth, Laidback Luke, Example, Roger Sanchez, Ferry Corsten, Sonny Fodera, Holy Goof, CamelPhat, Solardo, Timmy Trumpet, SaSaSaS, Leon Vynehall, Tchami, Oliver Heldens, Patrick Topping, Martin Garrix, Richy Ahmed, Cosmic Gate, Randall, Giuseppe Ottaviani, John O'Callaghan, Marco Carola, Josh Wink, Jamie Jones, Afrojack, Adam Beyer, Faithless Sound System, Yousef, Eric Prydz, My Nu Leng, Aly & Fila, B. Traits, Bicep and more.
Let's Rock Kent!
(29th Aug) in Kent with Wet Wet Wet, Heaven 17, Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones, Go West, Midge Ure, ABC, Hue and Cry, Captain Sensible, Sister Sledge, The Real Thing, Black Lace, Gibson Brothers, Fiction Factory, Ed Tudor Pole, Modern Romance
South West Four
(29th - 30th Aug) on London's Clapham Common with Major Lazer, Kano, Rudimental, Kelis, DJ EZ, Bakermat, Jonas Blue, Ghetts, Eli & Fur, Nina Las Vegas, The Streets, Krept x Konan, Stefflon Don, Andy C, TS5, Idris Elba, The Manor, Ms Banks, James Hype and more. Tickets on sale now.
(4th - 6th Sep) Rescheduled from May in Suffolk with Richard Hawley, Asleep at the Wheel and many more.
(5th and 6th Sep) Rescheduled from May. In Cheshire with Ian Brown, Sam Fender, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Wombats, Shed Seven, Miles Kane, Tom Walker, Sundara Karma, Sea Girls, Lightning Seeds The Pigeon Detectives, The K's, Pale Waves and more.
Love Saves The Day
(23rd - 24th May) Rescheduled from May, in Bristol with Orbital, Skream, Andy C, Kano, Flava D, Little Simz, Gorgon City, Krept & Konan, DJ EZ, Plastician, Goldie, Roni Size, Greentea Peng, Jelani Blackman, DJ Harvey, Ghetts, D Double E, Dynamite MC, Shy FX, Folamour, Mella Dee, Young T and Bugsey, Ms Banks, M Huncho, My Nu Leng, Monki, Camo & Krooked, P Money [UK], Craig Richards, The Vision and more.
Bearded Theory's Late Summer Gathering
(10th - 13th Sep) Rescheduled from May - and subtly renamed. In Derbyshire with The Flaming Lips, Primal Scream, Patti Smith and her Band, The Dualers, Ferocious Dog, Neville Staple, She Drew The Gun, October Drift, Gaz Brookfield, John, Walt Disco, Ed Tudor Pole, Imperial Wax, 3 Daft Monkeys, Blackballed, Black Lace, Nova Twins, Emily Capell, Passenger, You Me At Six, Leftfield, Lucy Spraggan, Bad Company and more.
Live in the Wyldes
Call of the Wild Festival
(18th - 20th Sep) Rescheduled from May due to the CoronaVirus. The fund-raising festival (raising funds for children's cancer charity, Teddy20) returns to Dorset with head-liners The Amazons (Saturday), The Fratellis (Sunday) plus The Snuts, The Wurzels, 'A', Chapter and Verse, Black Futures, AIRWAYS, The Bottom Line and more.
(25th - 27th Sep) Rescheduled from May. With Friendly Fires, Pale Waves, Marika Hackman, Louis Berry, Tim Burgess, BC Camplight, The Lathums, The Snuts, Stealing Sheep, The Mysterines, The Blinders and more.
North East Calling
Tomorrow's Ghosts Festival
Long Division Festival
(14th Nov) Rescheduled from June. In Wakefield with The Unthanks, The Lovely Eggs, Roddy Woomble, The Futureheads, POZI, Look Mum No Computer, Brix and the Extricated, Allusinlove, Too Many T's, Beans On Toast, Beardyman, Hands Off Gretel, She Drew the Gun, Hannah Trigwell, Lanterns on the Lake, Peggy Sue and more.
Live at Leeds
(28th Nov) Rescheduled from May. In Leeds (surprise!), with Temples, Tim Burgess, Self Esteem, DMA's, Ezra Furman, Pale Waves, Bad Sounds, Amber Run, Marika Hackman, Working Men's Club, Easy Life and more.
C2C: Country to Country
Wales Goes Pop!
(2nd - 4th Apr 2021) Rescheduled from 2020 in Glamorgan with the provisional 2020 line-up: Field Music, The Darling Buds, The Catenary Wires, Penelope Isles, The School, Our Girl, Rae Spoon, Pagan Wanderer Lu, CHROMA Chamber Ensemble and others.
Kew the Music
The Bath Festival
(29th and 30th May 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. At the Bath Recreation Ground with McFly (Saturday, with Scouting for Girls, KT Tunstall, Lauran Hibberd, Josh Gray and more) and Ali Campbell's UB40 (Sunday, with Billy Ocean, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Seth Lakeman, Hannah Grace, Casey Lowry and more).
Funk and Soul Weekender
(28th - 30th May 2021) Rescheduled from 2020 in Margate with George Clinton (part of his summer "farewell" UK tour), Toots and the Maytals and Sister Sledge, plus Norman Jay, DJ Craig Charles, Jazzie B, Gilles Peterson, David Rodigan, Ezra Collective and more.
Slam Dunk Festival
(29th - 30th May 2021) Rescheduled from May/ September 2020 with a 2021 line-up to be announced. Tickets remain valid if you have some for 2020.
Hampton Court Palace Festival
(11th - 20th Jun 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. In London, curated by Grace Jones, with Solange, Peaches, Jimmy Cliff (plus Adrian Sherwood), Lee Scratch Perry, Skunk Anansie, Baaba Maal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lee Fields and the Expressions and more.
Love Supreme Festival
(2nd - 4th Jul 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. In Lewes, Sussex with TLC, The Isley Brothers, Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes, Sister Sledge, Candi Staton, The Brand New Heavies, Nubya Garcia, Kokoroko, Cory Wong, MF Robots and more.
Mouth of the Tyne Festival
(9th - 11th Jul 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. In Glasgow, with Liam Gallagher, The Courteeners, Lewis Capaldi, Foals, Ian Brown, Snow Patrol, Sam Fender, Keane, AJ Tracey, Twin Atlantic, beabadoobee, Rita Ora, Blossoms, Yxng Bane, Inhaler, Amy MacDonald, Declan McKenna, Picture This, Vistas, Jimmy Eat World, Declan Welsh and the Decadent West, Georgia, House Gospel Choir, Sports Team, Little Simz, Jay1, Sea Girls, Loyle Carner, Orla Gartland, Rascalton, Pip Blom, The Hara, Vukovi, Joy Crookes, The Lathums, The Regrettes, Lower Ninth, The Mysterines, Joesef, Ash, Ryan McMullan, Ms Banks, Kawala, Saint PHNXX and many more.
(17th - 18th Jul 2021) Rescheduled from 2020 in Buckinghamshire with Rag N Bone Man, Johnny Marr, Razorlight, Ella Eyre, Peter Hook and the Light, The Brand New Heavies, Sigma (DJ set), Dub Pistols, Dreadzone, The Dualers and more.
(23rd - 25th Jul 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. In Perth with Wet Wet Wet, Jimmy Somerville's Big Band-tastic Boogie, Bananarama, Billy Ocean, Queen Symphonic, Marc Almond, Trevor Horn, Roland Gift and more.
(6th - 8th Aug 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. In Cheshire with Bananarama, Trevor Horn, Wet Wet Wet, Katrina Leskanich [Formerly of The Waves], Heaven 17, Nik Kershaw, Heather Small, Grandmaster Flash, Go West, Queen Symphonic, Hue and Cry, Billy Ocean, Shalamar, The Christians, China Crisis, Marc Almond, Thompson Twins - Tom Bailey, Roland Gift, John Parr, Pete Wylie, Jimmy Somerville, Altered Images and more.
(11th - 15th Aug 2021) Rescheduled from 2020, with an extra day added. In Derbyshire with Judas Priest, Paradise Lost, Skindred, GloryHammer, Devin Townsend, Dark Tranquility, Vio-lence, Jinjer, Butcher Babies, Sacred Reich, The Black Dahlia Murder and more.
(20th - 22nd Aug 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. In Oxfordshire with Bananarama, Trevor Horn, Wet Wet Wet, Katrina Leskanich [Formerly of The Waves], Nik Kershaw, Soul II Soul, Grandmaster Flash, Go West, Queen Symphonic, Hue and Cry, Billy Ocean, Captain Sensible, Aswad, The Christians, Marc Almond, Roland Gift, Cutting Crew, John Parr, Pete Wylie, Jimmy Somerville and more.
Let's Rock Essex
Live at the Marquee
Bilbao BBK Live
(16th - 19th Jul) in Benicasim with Khalid, Rita Ora, Foals, The Kooks, Kaiser Chiefs, The Libertines, The Lumineers, Crystal Fighters, Vampire Weekend, Armin van Buuren, Circa Waves, Steve Aoki, Don Diablo, Basement Jaxx - DJ Set, Example, Digitalism, The Hives, Lil Pump, Martin Garrix and more.
The Retro Festival Ireland
Cancelled 2020 Festivals
The festivals cancelled (not rescheduled) due to the COVID-19 outbreak:
(22nd - 24th May) has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The 2020 Devon festival was to have featured Tim Burgess, Aldous Harding, Field Music, Katy J Pearson, Porridge Radio, Richard Norris, Working Men's Club, Squid and more.
All Points East
Isle of Wight Festival
(11th - 14th Jun) - has been cancelled - but was due to feature Lionel Richie, Pete Tong, Primal Scream, Chemical Brothers, James Arthur, Happy Mondays, Kaiser Chiefs, Duran Duran, Dido, Snow Patrol, Sam Fender, Lewis Capaldi, Supergrass, Maisie Peters, Becky Hill, Sigma and more.
(12th - 14th Jun) has been cancelled - was due to include Tyler, the Creator, Khalid, Disclosure, Anderson .Paak, Hot Chip, Jorja Smith, Mabel, Little Simz, FKA Twigs, Charli XCX and more. Tickets on sale now.
(12th - 28th Jun) has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Was due to take place in Kent, Gloucestershire, Suffolk, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Keane and Will Young (and James Morrison).
Live at Chelsea
(13th - 14th Jun) has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Manchester festival was to have featured Tyler, the Creator, Khalid, Lewis Capaldi, Skepta, Jorja Smith, Fatboy Slim, Anderson .Paak, Robyn, Hot Chip, Four Tet, Carl Cox, Mabel, Giggs, Sven Väth, Charli XCX, Annie Mac and more.
(5th - 10th Aug) cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. 2020 was to have featured Kings of Leon, The 1975, Skepta, The Kooks, Dizzee Rascal, Sam Fender, Mabel, Loyle Carner, mura masa, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Little Simz, Lianne La Havas, Basement Jaxx - DJ Set, Example, Damian Marley, Honey Dijon, Ocean Wisdom, Pale Waves, The Big Moon, Palace, Gengahr and more.
Reading and Leeds
(27th - 30th Aug) cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. 2020 was to have featured head-liners Liam Gallagher, Rage Against The Machine and Stormzy, plus Migos, Gerry Cinnamon, Courteeners, Two Door Cinema Club, D-Block Europe, Run the Jewels, All Time Low, Aitch, Slowthai, Mabel, The Maine, Tom Grennan, As It Is, Bloxx, Lady Leshurr, Sam Fender, Rex Orange County and more.