2021 Festival Guide - a round-up of UK, Ireland and International festivals
Posted: 12th October 2020
Recently added or updated: BINGLEY FESTIVAL, Reading and Leeds
FESTIVALS, We Out Here
, Radar Festival
, TOMORROWS GHOSTS, Mods Mayday
, Call of the Wild Festival
, Red Rooster
, Innervisions Festival
, Happy Days Festival
, Bristol Sounds
, Long Division Festival
, Liverpool SoundCity
, Teddy Rocks
, Neighbourhood Weekender
, Shambala Festival
, Scotland Calling
, Beautiful Days
, Green Man Festival
, This is Tomorrow Festival
, 110 Above Festival
, Leeds Ska And Mod Festival
, Isle of Wight Festival
, Maverick Festival
, NASS Festival
, Rebellion Festival
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.
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.
(24th April 2021) Rescheduled from April. In Glasgow with Subhumans, Cockney Rejects, UK Subs, The Dickies, Steve Ignorant, Anti-Nowhere League, The DeRellas, Argy Bargy, Gimp Fist, Dirt Box Disco and more. Rescheduled
(30th April - 2nd May) Rescheduled from 2020. 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.
(30th April - 2nd May) Rescheduled. 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. Rescheduled
Bearded Theory's Gathering
(27th - 30th May) Rescheduled from 2020 - and subtly renamed. In Derbyshire with Patti Smith, Toots and the Maytals, The Mission, Wilko Johnson, Peter Hook and the Light, Lucy Spraggan, Neville Staple, 3 Daft Monkeys, Dub Pistols and more.
Call of the Wild Festival
(20th - 23rd May 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. Second year in Lincolnshire with Reckless Love, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, Mason Hill, Romeo's Daughter, Warrior Soul, Raging Speedhorn, Massive Wagons, Glen Matlock, Lawnmower Deth, Skarlett Riot and more.
This is Tomorrow Festival
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.
Happy Days Festival
(28th - 30th May 2021) rescheduled from 2020, in Surrey with The Jacksons, The White Island Orchestra, Shalamar, Stereo MCs (Friday "preview party"), Soul II Soul, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, MF Robots, Ultra Naté, The Dualers, The Cuban Brothers, Alison Limerick and more.
(29th - 30th May 2021) 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.
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).
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.
(3rd - 5th Jun 2021) rescheduled from 2020 in Suffolk with a line-up to be announced.
(4th - 6th Jun 2021) rescheduled from 2020, featuring KISS, System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, Korn, A Day To Remember, Funeral for a Friend, The Darkness, Myles Kennedy, Airbourne, Rise Against, Killswitch Engage, Marianas Trench, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Of Mice & Men, Black Veil Brides, The Pretty Reckless, Steel Panther, Daughtry, Mastodon, Deftones, P.O.D, Those Damn Crows, Wayward Sons, Wage War, Holding Absence, Powerwolf, Volbeat, Alestorm, Gojira, The Distillers and more.
Long Division Festival
(5th Jun) 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.
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.
Isle of Wight Festival
(17th - 20th Jun 2021) with Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Pete Tong, Jess Glynne, James Arthur, The Script, Happy Mondays, Kaiser Chiefs, Primal Scream, Sam Fender, All Saints, Seasick Steve, Maximo Park, Razorlight, Roachford, Supergrass, Shed Seven, Maisie Peters, Becky Hill, Sigma, Carly Rae Jepsen, James Vincent McMorrow, Example, The Lightning Seeds, Mavis Staples, Natasha Bedingfield, The Alarm, Megan McKenna, Asylums, LONA, Are You Experienced? and more.
Heritage Live Summer Concerts
Black Deer Festival
(18th - 20th Jun 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. 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.
(23rd - 27th Jun) Rescheduled The 2020 line-up was to have featured Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Jack Savoretti, Levellers, Supergrass, Reef, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Confidence Man, Peat and Diesel, Gaz Brookfield and more.
Sounds of the City
(30th Jun - 11th Jul 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. 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,
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.
Hi Tide Festival
(3rd and 4th Jul 2021) Rescheduled from 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).
Kew the Music
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) in Sheffield with a line-up to be announced. 2020 was to have featured 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.
(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.
(24th Jul 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. In London with Groove Armada, DJ Greg Wilson, Norman Jay, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Reginald D Hunter, Sophie Duker, Phil Wang, Jayde Adams, Ed Gamble, House Gospel Choir, Jonny Woo and more.
Ronnie Scott's presents Milestones Festival
Summer Nights at the Bandstand
(29th Jul - 14th Aug 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. 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.
Let's Rock Liverpool
(5th - 8th Aug 2021) Rescheduled from 2020. In Cornbury, Oxfordshire with a line-up to be announced.
(5th - 8th Aug 2021)Rescheduled from 2020. In Blackpool with a line-up to be announced.
(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.
(6th - 8th Aug) in Yorkshire with Primal Scream, Embrace, Peter Hook and the Light, The Libertines, White Lies, The Slow Readers Club, Cassia, The Snuts, Twisted Wheel, Jade Bird, The Amazons, Hyde Park Brass and more.
Leeds Ska And Mod Festival
(11th - 15th Aug) rescheduled. 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.
(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.
110 Above Festival
Green Man Festival
(19th - 22nd 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.
(20th - 22nd 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.
(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.
Great Northern Ska Festival
We Out Here
(23rd Aug) in Cambridgeshire with Ashley Henry, Adrian Younge, Shackleton, Minyo Crusaders, Greentea Peng, Steam Down, Gigi Masin, Sarathy Korwar, Da Lata, Melt Yourself Down, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Dizraeli, Werkha, Ezra Collective - tickets available
(26th - 29th Aug) in Northamptonshire with artists to be announced on the spring equinox.
South West Four
(27th - 29th Aug) on London's Clapham Common - artists to be announced
(27th - 29th Aug) in Yorkshire with Stormzy, Disclosure, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Liam Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age, Lewis Capaldi, MK, Two Door Cinema Club, Sigrid, Post Malone, Yungblud, Mabel, Neck Deep, Charli XCX, beabadoobee, Doja Cat, Madison Beer, Sofi Tukker, AJ Tracey
(27th - 29th Aug) in Berkshire with Stormzy, Disclosure, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Liam Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age, Lewis Capaldi, MK, Two Door Cinema Club, Sigrid, Post Malone, Yungblud, Mabel, Neck Deep, Charli XCX, beabadoobee, Doja Cat, Madison Beer, Sofi Tukker, AJ Tracey
(4th - 5th Sep) in Norfolk with Jay1, Becky Hill, Ray BLK, Loyle Carner, Wilkinson, My Nu Leng, Example, Sean Paul, The Manor, JayKae, Fredo, Holy Goof, Solardo, Raye, Bugzy Malone, Randall, Flux Pavilion, Shy FX, Young T and Bugsey, Low Steppa, Camo & Krooked - tickets available
Let's Rock Kent!
(4th Sep 2021) 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