What festivals are going ahead this year? Here is what we know

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Last month the UK’s biggest music festival – Glastonbury – announced it would not be going ahead this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Some fans were gutted, having had their hopes of a 2021 celebration destroyed after the festival was axed in 2020, while others called it “inevitable” and “the right decision.”

But what about other UK festivals?

Reading and Leeds Fest have kept pretty quiet so far, with tickets still available to buy online for the August bank holiday weekend. Last year’s headliners Stormzy, Post Malone and Liam Gallagher appear in the 2021 line up, according to their website.

Little has been confirmed about other UK festivals, but some information posted on their social accounts implies festival organisers are working hard to make this year’s events go ahead.

Depending on coronavirus restrictions in the spring and summer, it might be that some festivals with plans to go ahead get cancelled. So make sure to keep up to date with each festival’s website if you have plans to go.

Here is everything we know so far.

Reading and Leeds: unknown

General view of the Leeds Festival at Bramham Park, West Yorkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 27, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ Festival. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Nothing has been confirmed by festival organisers yet as to whether this year’s event is still taking place.

According to their website, you can buy tickets for the event – which is set to take place from August 27 to 29 – headlined by Stormzy, Post Malone and Liam Gallagher.

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The Reading and Leeds official twitter page’s pinned tweet still reads: “#RANDL21 is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever.”

So watch this space, I guess.

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Camp Bestival: set to go ahead

It seems this year’s Camp Bestival is still going ahead.

A spokesperson for Camp Bestival told Metro.co.uk: “Rest assured we’re continuing to work behind the scenes to get ready for Camp Bestival this summer and hope to have more news for you soon. In the meantime, stay safe.”

The festival is set to take place at its usual location of Lulworth Cove in Dorset from the 29 July – 1 August.

The line up includes Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Becky Hill, Kelis and Friendly Fires and tickets are now available to purchase.

Boomtown: set to go ahead

Boomtown Festival 2019

The Winchester festival also has plans to return this year.

A statement on Boomtown’s website reads: “Due to the ongoing and ever-changing strategy around COVID-19, the 2021 festival season is still unknown in terms of what kind of events will be permitted.

“At time of writing (21st Jan 2021) we are continuing to plan for the event in August.”

The dates for the festival are 11 – 15 August and it is understood a lineup will be confirmed nearer the time.

Park Life: set to go ahead

The Manchester festival also has plans to return but at a later date, it has been confirmed.

A statement on the Parklife official website reads: “We’re now looking ahead to 2021, and a return to the fields and good times we all love.

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“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 in January. Trust us when we say it’s going to be worth the wait.”

A lineup for the festival has not yet been announced, but you can register for this year’s festival on their website.

Latitude: set to go ahead

It appears the Suffolk festival also has plans to return in 2021.

Taking to Twitter, the festival said: “We’re looking forward to brighter days and our return to Henham Park at Latitude 2021!”

Tickets are available to purchase now for the 2021 event, which is to take place from 22 July to 26 July.

The impressive lineup consists of Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, First Aid Kit and Snow Patrol.

Download: set to go ahead

Fans pictured at Download Festival 2019. Download Festival 2019. Donington Park, Castle Donington. Saturday 15th June 2019 (Photo by Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post) (MUST BYLINE)

It appears preparations are underway for Download 2021 – and the lineup so far is pretty impressive.

The Download website has confirmed that KISS, System Of A Down and Biffy Clyro will be headlining.

The festival has plans to make a comeback on the 4 – 6 June.

A tweet posted to the Download Twitter page reads: “We can’t wait to come home to Donington in 2021!”

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Isle of Wight: unknown

It is not yet known if Isle of Wight will return this summer, with organisers saying they hope to have more news soon.

The planned dates for the festival is 17 June – 20 June and the lineup currently consists of Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie, Snow Patrol and Duran Duran.

A statement posted on IOW’s Twitter reads: ‘Rest assured we’re continuing to work behind the scenes to get ready for the Isle of Wight Festival this summer and hope to have more news for you soon. In the meantime, stay safe.’

Wireless: unknown

Wireless has not yet released a statement on its plans to go ahead this year, despite tickets for the highly anticipated 2021 event being advertised on their website.

The planned dates for the festival are the 2- 4 July and a lineup has not yet been confirmed.



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