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!
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
Who’s playing? Van Morrison, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Toploader, Beverley Knight, and more.
For tickets, click here: The Cambridge Club
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
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
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
Who’s playing? Tom Jones, Björn Again, Rick Astley, Lionel Richie, and George Benson.
For tickets, click here: Hampton Court Palace Festival
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
Who’s playing? Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, Snow Patrol and more to be announced.
For tickets, click here: Latitude
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
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
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
Who’s playing? Liam Gallagher, Foals, Ian Brown, Little Simz, AJ Tracey and more.
For tickets, click here: TRNSMT
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
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