Celebrate summer freedom! Take your pick from these 2021 festivals

Take your pick from 2021's music extravaganzas

With the clocks set to change at the end of this month and the nights getting longer, summer really is within touching distance.

And what better way to celebrate, than to revel in your new freedom at a festival.

From the infamous Reading and Leeds to inner city London vibes to family-friendly events, there’s something for everyone with our festivals 2021 line-up. Just simply pick your favourite, or three!

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BST Hyde Park

This music extravaganza needs little introduction, as you can sing away in the sunshine against the backdrop of London’s glorious Hyde Park. Better yet, with walking distance from the tube, you won’t need to wait in line for hours for a bus to ferry you from station to site.  

When? July, various dates

Where? Hyde Park, London

Who’s playing? Duran Duran, Pearl Jam, Idles, Pixies, Grace Jones, Nile Rodgers and more.

For tickets, click here: BST Hyde Park

The Cambridge Club

With a ‘dance, disco, discover’ motto, this family-friendly festival promises a diverse pool of entertainment, from music, meditation, Tai Chi, gourmet dining experiences and more.

When? Dates TBC

Where? Cambridge

Who’s playing? Van Morrison, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Toploader, Beverley Knight, and more.

For tickets, click here: The Cambridge Club

Camp Bestival

The place where you can be your truest self as this festi-holiday encourages dressing up and unleashing your inner child to leave the 9-5 well and truly behind.

When? July 29-August 1

Where? Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Who’s playing? Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Kelis, Friendly Fires, and more.

For tickets, click here: Camp Bestival

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Taking place over August bank holiday weekend, this dance spectacular boasts some of the best-known DJs in the world and is like a taste of Ibiza in Blighty.

When? August 26-29

Where? Daresbury, Cheshire

Who’s playing? Carl Cox, Deadmau5, Carl Cox, Scooter, Tiesto, Anna, Andy C and more.

For tickets, click here: Creamfields

Field Day

Celebrating the full spectrum of electronic music with both live and DJ performances, this is one of London’s most unique festivals to keep you dancing until dawn.

When? July 10

Where? Meridian Water, London

Who’s playing? Bicep, Artwork, DJ Seinfeld, Donna Leake, Floorplan, Jaguar, TSHA and more.

For tickets, click here: Field Day

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Think waterside gazebos with elegant alfresco dining while admiring the splendour of the Palace Gardens, and you’ll get a taste of what Hampton Court Palace Festival is all about.

When? June 2021

Where? Richmond-upon-Thames

Who’s playing? Tom Jones, Björn Again, Rick Astley, Lionel Richie, and George Benson.

For tickets, click here: Hampton Court Palace Festival

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Isle of Wight

This little gem across The Solent is like journeying to paradise and leaving your troubles at home as the island provides the perfect place for escapism (and hedonism).

When? September 16-19

Where? Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

Who’s playing? Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol and more.

For tickets, click here: Isle of Wight


Alexandra Park will throw open its gates for a celebration in the capital like no other, set atop a hill within nearly 200 acres of parkland offering the best panoramic views across the city.

When? July 24

Where? Alexandra Palace, London

Who’s playing? Groove Armada, with more to be announced.

For tickets, click here: Kaleidoscope


This little haven prides itself on being more than just a festival, focusing on its environmental impact too as they strive for zero waste campsites with their sustainability charter.

When? July 22-25

Where? Suffolk

Who’s playing? Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, Snow Patrol and more to be announced.

For tickets, click here: Latitude

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Love Supreme

To all you jazz junkies, this Sussex fiesta has your name written all over it with funk and soul beyond your wildest dreams at a festival where music comes first.

When? July 2-4

Where? Glynde, East Sussex

Who’s playing? TLC, Sister Sledge, Candi Staton, The Brand New Heavies, and more.

For tickets, click here: Love Supreme

Mighty Hoopla

This LGBTQ-friendly event puts fun, freedom and expressionism centre stage and consequently has an infectious vibe with a line-up that features many guilty pleasures.  

When? September 5

Where? Brockwell Park, London

Who’s playing? Cheryl, Becky Hill, En Vogue, Eve, Gabrielle, Atomic Kitten and more.

For tickets, click here: Mighty Hoopla

Reading and Leeds

A festival that is often a first for the post GCSE or A-level crowd, with a diverse line-up that will never leave you short for someone to watch.

When? August 27-29

Where? Reading, Berkshire and Leeds, West Yorkshire

Who’s playing? Stormzy, Post Malone, Liam Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age and more.

For tickets, click here: Reading and Leeds

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Strawberries and Creem

The UK’s tastiest festival for music and youth culture, this two-day event strives to be the party of the year with their hip-hop, afrobeats, dancehall, house, and garage offerings.

When? September 18-19

Where? Childerley, Cambridge

Who’s playing? Bugzy Malone, Honey Dijon, Koffee, Pa Salieu, Denis Sulta and more.

For tickets, click here: Strawberries and Creem


For a Scottish adventure, head up north for a guitar-heavy line-up that also offers street food galore and VIP experiences with chill-out zones away from the main crowd.

When? July 9-11

Where? Glasgow

Who’s playing? Liam Gallagher, Foals, Ian Brown, Little Simz, AJ Tracey and more.

For tickets, click here: TRNSMT

Wide Awake

A new event catapulting into the London festival scene that promises to bring together notes from the underground with leftfield indie, post punk, electronica, techno and jazz.

When? September 3

Where? Brockwell Park, London

Who’s playing? Black Midi, Daniel Avery, Lena Willikens, Tropical F*** Storm and more.

For tickets, click here: Wide Awake

51st State

This all-dayer will have you dancing for 12 hours straight, with tunes rooted in house music, while also exploring classic, tech, garage, disco, soul, RnB, and dancehall too.

When? August 7

Where? Trent Park, London

Who’s playing? Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Francois K, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, Roger Sanchez, Derrick May, Dimitri From Paris, Todd Edwards and more.

For tickets, click here: 51st State

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