MUSIC fans are anxiously waiting for festivals and gigs to return as the UK slowly emerges from lockdown after a four week delay in the roadmap.
Boris Johnson announced that the lockdown roadmap plan will be delayed by four weeks meaning concerts and large events can only take place from July 19, after all restrictions have been lifted.
Will festivals go ahead in summer 2021?
The Prime Minister outlined his plan for unlocking the nation on Monday, February 22.
Big events like concerts and sporting events can go ahead after 17 May, 2021 – with limits on the number of people allowed to attend.
But the key date everyone is waiting for is now 19 July, when all other restrictions will be lifted.
However the events are likely to see a host of safety measures in place, such as vaccine passports.
Lockdown will officially end on this date and restrictions on social contact could be lifted if the government sticks to the date – meaning that mass events are allowed to take place.
From then on, nightclubs will be allowed to reopen, along with theatre performances.
Every adult in the UK could receive both doses of a Covid vaccine by August, or even “sooner if needed,” the head of the vaccine taskforce has said.
Which festivals are taking place this summer in the UK?
While doubts persist around Freedom Day, some venues have chosen not to wait any longer and have already announced they will be taking place this summer.
All Points East
All Points East, an annual festival in East London, has rescheduled its dates.
It will now take place in a scaled-down format from Friday, 27 August, to Monday, 30 August, 2021, in Victoria Park.
The likes of Jamie XX, London Grammar, Jorja Smith, Kano, Slowthai, Foals, Caribou and Bicep will be among the many names at this popular, hipster tinged festival.
Organisers have moved the event from its usual slot in May to August bank holiday weekend, giving it a greater chance of proceeding unimpeded.
The organiser said: “We can’t wait to welcome back live music in the UK and be back dancing with you all later this summer.”
Parklife will return to Manchester’s Heaton Park from 11 September to 12 September, 2021.
Festival fans have jumped on the occasion as tickets are already sold out.
The festival usually takes place in the peak of summer, but has moved the dates back to ensure the gig calendar is in full swing.
A statement from the organisers read: “With all the good recent news, we’re now looking ahead to 2021, and a return to the fields and good times we all love. It’s a party 2 years in the making that we all deserve.
“It’s why with that in mind that we have decided to move next year’s festival to the new dates of 11th-12th September, so we can be sure of the good times coming.
“A huge lineup is almost ready, that we can’t wait to show you soon. Trust us when we say it’s going to be worth the wait.”
The line-up was revealed last March and includes the likes of Pendulum Trinity, Disclosure, Carl Cox, Peggy Gou and Four Tet, amongst others.
Reading & Leeds
Following the Government’s roadmap announcement that all lockdown restrictions will be lifted in June, Reading & Leeds confirmed this year’s festival will happen.
Confirming the 2021 events would go ahead, the official Twitter account wrote: “Reading and Leeds 2021.
“Following the government’s recent announcement, we can’t wait to get back to the fields this summer. LET’S GO!”
Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi, Two Door Cinema Club, Ashnikko, Doja Cat, Disclosure, Sigrid, Post Malone and many other artists have all been confirmed in the line-up.
The event will take place from Friday, 27 August to Sunday, 29 August and gave the opportunity to those with a 2020 ticket to roll their booking over to this year’s edition of the festival.
However, both single day and weekend tickets (camping included for those who wish) are still on sale on Ticketmaster.
Isle of Wight Festival
On March 2, the festival announced it will kick off on 16 September, and end on 19 September, 2021.
Attendees will meet at Seaclose Park, in Newport.
The Isle of Wight Festival was originally due to take place on June 17 to 20 – before the June 21 date of lockdown restrictions being lifted.
Their website said: “The Isle of Wight Festival is a summer staple and two years without being together on the island is too long. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that we’re moving the festival to 16th – 19th September 2021.”
It added: “We’re aiming to bring back as many of the artists as we can but whatever happens, rest assured, you’ll enjoy a stellar line-up over the festival weekend.
“It will be the perfect place to see out the summer in spectacular fashion.”
In June 2021, the Fest announced a line-up including Jess Glynne, Scouting For Girls, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Tom Jones, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran You Me at Six and Lionel Richie.
End Of The Road
End Of The Road will go ahead from 2 September to 5 September, 2021 in Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury.
All tickets – from Early Birds to Late Releases – are, however, sold out as of this Wednesday, 30 June.
Back in December, organisers announced a line-up which included artists that were supposed to perform during the 2020 edition.
Unfortunately, on 5 May, it was revealed on Instagram that the line-up had been changed as familiar faces announced in 2020 would not be able to attend this year.
“Much has changed since we announced our 2021 line-up in December and some of our pals from across the pond are no longer able to make it”, the Instagram post read.
Little Simz, Hot Chip, Arlo Parks, Squid, Current Joys, Shy Girl, Elijah Wolf, among other artists, are all included in the new line-up.
Boardmasters is set to go ahead on Fistral Beach in Cornwall from 11 August to 15 August.
Tickets are all sold out but you can sign up for the resale on the venue’s official website.
The line-up features headliners Jorja Smith, Foals and Gorillaz as well as Sam Fender, The Kooks, Dizzee Rascal, Jamie XX, The Native and many other acts.
Dance music favourite Creamfields will return to the village of Daresbury, in Cheshire, across the bank holiday weekend of 26 to 29 August, 2021, following on from the cancellation of its 2020 edition.
Deadmau5, Peggy Gou, Eric Prydz and Carl Cox are among the names set to take part in the sold out festival, which is one of the biggest dates on the UK clubbing calendar.
Organisers said in a Twitter message: “We’re gearing up to welcome you all to THE party of the summer.”
However, according to their official website, all tickets are officially sold out.
The family-friendly festival will be taking place at Lulworth Castle in Dorset from 29 July to 1 August, 2021.
Camp Bestival is organised by Rob da Bank and fans can see Fatboy Slim, Friendly Fires, Vengaboys, Craig Charles, Biig Piig and Groove Armada.
Other acts appearing including Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Sugarhill Gang and Heather Small.
Tickets are still available on sale.
Victorious Festival will be back at the end of August 2021
Festival season also announces the return of Victorious.
The event is set to take place from Friday, 27 August, to Sunday, 29 August, 2021 on Southsea Seafront, in Portsmouth.
Headliners include Royal Blood, Madness and The Streets.
Other acts like Feeder, Peter Hook & The Light, Blossoms, Emily Burns, Clean Bandit, The Kooks, Craig David, Melanie C and Supergrass, among other, will also be there to welcome festival goers.
Tickets are still on sale on the festival’s website but buyers now need to pay in full.
Latitude is set to go ahead in Henham Park, Suffolk, between 22 and 25 July, 2021, organisers Festival Republic have said.
With the festival taking place just three days after restrictions are lifted, the founder Melvin Benn has said the team is still weighing up whether it can take place as planned.
In reference to the four-week delay, he said in a statement: “We don’t think it means the end of our hopes for Latitude this year.”
“Whilst this evening’s statement is disappointing, we haven’t given up hope just yet.
“Our first priority is always the safety of our festival-goers, the staff and the artists.
“We’ll be working with the local and national authorities and will ensure that IF we aren’t able to go ahead by the end of this week, all ticket holders will be able to roll over their tickets to 2022 or be able to claim a refund.”
He added that he hopes to have a definite answer about whether Latitude will be going ahead by the end of this week.
Headliners for 2021 include Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, First Aid Kit and Snow Patrol.
More acts were revealed within the last few months, such as Chemical Brothers, Supergrass, Wolf Alice and Bombay Bicycle Club.
Festival goers should make the most of it as tickets are still on sale.
Wilderness will go ahead in Oxfordshire from 5 to 8 August in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire.
Organisers said on Twitter: “The sweetest moments are worth waiting for, we’ve missed you.”
The sold out event’s line-up features Jamie XX, Loyle Carner, Rudimental, Bicep, David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra, Frank Moody and Georgia.
Unlucky festival goers who have missed their chance to attend have been advised to sign up here to register interest in Wilderness 2022 tickets.
Festival Republic have said Wireless has been moved to 10-12 September
The event will not be taking place in Finsbury Park as it is set to kick off in Crystal Palace Park, in London.
Tickets are still available and headlining acts include Future, Skepta and Migos.
Other acts in the likes of Lil Uzi Vert, Unknown T, AJ Tracey, Meghan Thee Stallion and Young Thug will also be attending.
How will the four week delay affect festivals?
The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) called for an “urgent intervention” from the UK government, alarmed that the easing of Covid restrictions was delayed by a month.
The AIF has said that without government help, most of the UK’s festivals could well be cancelled.
A recent analysis has stated that 93% of the remaining festivals with a capacity of 5,000 people or more could go ahead, but only with insurance backed by the government.
“The AIF fully understands the rationale for delaying Step Four of the lockdown roadmap,” AIF CEO Paul Reed said in a statement.
“However, any measures that prevent festivals from operating fully have to be counterbalanced with effective support to ensure businesses can survive.
“For those festival organisers that still have a chance of staging events after July 19, that support is government-backed insurance, which will give them the confidence to continue planning and commit the significant costs that entails.
“Ultimately, it is a political choice if the government does not support the sector with insurance at this stage, pushing festival businesses towards another cliff edge.”
Back in May, the AIF said that it hit a “brick wall” during discussions with the government as Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said that an eventual insurance for festivals could only be considered once restrictions were lifted.
AIF pleas continue, warning that the sector was at a “tipping point”, as half of UK festivals – such as Glastonbury – have now been cancelled.
The government has yet to reveal an insurance scheme for the events.