The end is in sight! We’re not too far away now from the dropping of COVID restrictions in June. This means we’ll finally be able to get back to the festivals that we love and with recent trial events running successfully it’s looking very promising.
The UK has a rich history of having some of the best festivals in the world, with new events popping up all the time. We’ve decided to take a look at the best UK festivals at the moment, whether big or small. It’s about time we got back out there and got to enjoy our favourite artists in person again.
When: Thursday 22nd– Sunday 25th July
Where: Henham Park, Beccles
Lineup: Snow Patrol, First Aid Kit, Bastille
Latitude is an idyllic escape. The festival site can have you surrounded by a thick forest of trees or have you reclining by the side of a lake. It’s the kind of place that has a special kind of atmosphere you won’t find at many other festivals.
All parts of its programming are eclectic from the lineup to the myriad of extra activities from theatre to art, cabaret, poetry and more. It’s an incredibly imaginative place to be and Latitude is certainly one of the most unique UK festivals.
Cross The Tracks
When: Sunday 5th September
Where: Brockwell Park, brixton
Lineup: Lianne La Havas, Jordan Rakei, The Cinematic Orchestra, Sons Of Kemet
Cross The Tracks festival takes place in Brixton each year and always supplies a lineup of the best talent in jazz, soul and funk. If you want to get more of a grasp on these genres then this is the place to be, as the next wave of musicians will also be appearing.
This year the festival is headlined by the wonderful Lianna La Havas who has her exquisite self-titled album out last year. It’s a day where great music, gorgeous food and top-class company come together.
Manchester Psych Festival
When: Saturday 4th September
Where: Various Venues, Manchester
Lineup: Stereolab, Tinariwen, Girl Band, Dry Cleaning, Stealing Sheep, Whyte Horses
Manchester Psych Festival is the one place to see all the great bands this year. Based across Manchester, it takes full advantage of the city’s great independent venues such as Gorilla and YES.
This year’s lineup has legends such as Stereolab and younger indie bands who may just reach that headliner slot one day. All of the acts have psychedelia somewhere their sound, whether it be tied to folk or rock and it’s a festival full of experimenters.
When: Thursday 26th– Sunday 29th August
Where: Creamfields, Cheshire
Lineup: Bicep, Chase & Status, David Guetta, Camelphat, Martin Garrix,Deadmau5
After a year away from their audience of 70,000 people, Creamfields will be absolutely desperate to kick off their festival once again this year. One of the UK’s most well-loved and respected festivals, it has over 300 acts perform over the weekend.
With a lineup that boasts megastar DJ’s and the most well-loved electronic artists in the world, Creamfields cannot be missed. This year’s names include David Guetta, Chase & Status and Bicep, but be sure to catch the smaller DJ’s too as one day they may just be household names.
When: Thursday 26th– Sunday 29th August
Where: Bramham Park (Leeds), Richfield Avenue (Reading)
Lineup: Stormzy, Post Malone, Liam Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age, Doja Cat
Reading and Leeds Festival is one of the most historic events in the UK. Originally more of a rock festival, over the years it has adapted to modern trends, bringing more pop, hip hop and grime to the stage. Now it stands as one of the most eclectic festivals in the country.
As usual, it had brought some star power in for the 2021 edition, with legends such as Liam Gallagher and huge chart-toppers such as Post Malone and Stormzy. Here you can see some of the biggest acts in the world give it their all, Reading/Leeds is always a place where artists up their game.
When: Saturday 4th– Sunday 5th September
Where: Temple Newsam park (Leeds), Hatfield Park (Hatfield)
Lineup: Sum 41, NOFX, While She Sleeps, Bury Tomorrow, Pennywise
Slam Dunk festival splits its weekend over two locations, with Leeds taking the Saturday and Hatfield hosting the Sunday. Slam Dunk is one of the best alternative/punk rock festivals in the whole of the UK, bringing in fans from all over the country.
With a lineup that has plenty of talent from across the world, the festival looks as big as ever in 2021. You can expect to see high energy performances, plenty of mind-melting guitar riffs and a lot of crowd surfing.
When: Saturday 30th– Sunday 31st October
Where: Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
Lineup: Patrick Topping, Solardo, Amelie Lens, Nina Kraviz, Eats Everything
This year Terminal V has rescheduled to the Halloween weekend. This means that you can now pick up an appropriately spooky outfit and have a rave covered in fake blood which sounds fun.
Terminal V has quickly become one of the biggest and most popular electronic music festivals in Europe, after starting in a single warehouse room, for the first time ever this year it will be spread across two days. Here you’ll find multiple stages of talent that will keep you moving all day and all through the night.