The Best UK Festivals to attend this year: A compilation of some the best live acts making their way for 2021, featuring dynamic music & dance, rave, pop etc acts.
It looks as though we may be getting at least a bit of a summer after all with the government roadmap going into its latest phase and more restrictions being eased. So why not get yourself to one of the many UK festivals that are still going ahead in 2021?
It’s been far too long since we’ve been able to get out and really enjoy ourselves and festivals are the ultimate meeting point where friends, tunes and great food/drink collide.
So, we have compiled a list of the very best UK festivals that are on this year and can’t wait to put on the best live acts around. There’s something here for everyone.
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When: Saturday 11th– Sunday 12th September
Where: Heaton Park, Manchester
Lineup: Camelphat, Disclosure, Skepta, Bicep, Megan Thee Stallion, Dave
Every year in Manchester, Parklife introduces some of the biggest names in the world to the city. From pop to EDM and hip-hop, here you’ll find all the current stars and the artists who may even take to the headline slot in the future.
One of the UK’s most reputable metropolitan events, expect an extravagant display of pyrotechnics and a whole host of talent wanting to make an impression. 2020 was supposed to be the festival’s biggest year to date and they promise that 2021 will be no exception. To be sure, 2019 was a blockbuster event.
When: Thursday 26th– Sunday 29th August
Where: Heaton Park (Leeds) and Richfield Avenue (Reading)
Lineup: Post Malone, Stormzy, Disclosure, Liam Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club
Reading and Leeds festival may have moved away from its rock music roots but now they’re more representative of the most popular genres in the world today. That’s not to say that rock music is side-lined completely, as the legend that is Liam Gallagher will be taking one of this year’s headline slots.
There are plenty of bands big and small dotted across the lineup, making these festivals just as much about new music discovery as they are about the huge names. With three days of absolutely stacked lineups, you can’t really go wrong with this historic festival.
When: Thursday 26th– Sunday 29th August
Where: Creamfields, Cheshire
Lineup: Chase & Status, David Guetta, Camelphat, Bicep, Martin Garrix, Deadmau5
Creamfields is the place to be if you want to experience the biggest names in the EDM and dance genres come together across a weekend for one massive blowout. The reputation of Creamfields precedes itself and it has been the go-to place for ravers for many years.
The Chemical Brothers cooking up a little storm on their last trip to Creamfields Festival 💉🧫🦠
Track ID: The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl
— Rave Footage 🎥 (@RaveFootage) December 8, 2020
The hills of Cheshire are rudely awoken by extraordinary light shows, phenomenal sound systems and about 70,000 people having the time of their lives. The biggest names from this year’s lineup including David Guetta, Bicep and Chase & Status.
End Of The Road Festival
When: Thursday 2nd– Sunday 5th September
Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury
Lineup: Hot Chip, King Krule, Sleaford Mods, Little Simz, Stereolab, Whitney
End Of The Road has a special atmosphere, blending beautiful countryside views with a mixture of established and emerging bands. This is a place for all kinds of sounds from the psychedelic to fierce punk rock and spoken words over disruptive basslines.
For this year’s edition of the festival, they’ve selected a fine mix of indie and alternative musicians with headline slots being given to King Krule, Sleaford Mods and the ever-unmissable Hot Chip. A festival of music, culture and healing, End Of The Road is quite a unique experience.
Adam Beyer B2B Ida Engberg at Mint Festival Leeds 🧨
Track ID: B.Traits – I Feel The Music
— Rave Footage 🎥 (@RaveFootage) August 5, 2020
When: Saturday 25th September
Where: Newsam Green Farm, Leeds
Lineup: Patrick Topping, Amelie Lens, Eats Everything, Maya Jane Coles, Pan-Pot
For the first time in their history, Leeds’ Mint festival will be moving into a permanent home this year having secured Newsam Green Farm. It’s also their 10th anniversary celebration so be prepared for one of their brightest ever years.
So, it’s no surprise that they have put together a lineup which promises a full day of non-stop raving. Names such as Patrick Topping, Nina Kraviz and more taking to the decks to supply the very best in dance music. It’s going to be one hell of a celebration in Leeds this year.
Green Velvet Flash 📸 @ Terminal V Festival pic.twitter.com/YDfrxCZbET
— Techno Mob (@Mob__Music) September 15, 2020
Terminal V Festival
When: Saturday 30th– Sunday 31st October
Where: Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
Lineup: Solardo, Alan Fitzpatrick, Amelie Lens, Nina Kraviz, Eats Everything
Terminal V’s rise over the last few years has been quite remarkable. Going from a single room in a warehouse to becoming one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the UK. For this year’s edition and for the first time ever, Terminal V will be taking place over two days.
Not only that but it will be on one of the best weekends of the year, Halloween. So, grab your cape and get ready to bring in the latest season of spookiness in celebratory style. Back and bigger than ever, it’s a deserved and remarkable rise for Terminal V.
When: Friday 10th– Sunday 12th September
Where: Crystal Palace Park, London
It’s a vibe 💯 https://t.co/t4dTpzT4Ef
— Wireless Festival (@WirelessFest) May 14, 2021
Lineup: Future, Migos, Skepta, AJ Tracey, M Huncho, Megan Thee Stallion
Away from its usual home of Finsbury Park this year, Wireless has relocated to Crystal Palace Park instead. They have yet again released a massive lineup that gives you some of the hottest artists in grime, rap and hip-hop.
With UK grime being so strong at the moment, it’s only fitting that a festival celebrates some of the best names within the genre and some of them are local Londoners too such as AJ Tracey and Headie One. Wireless easily has one of the strongest lineup of anywhere in the UK this year.