Sunday 2nd May 2021 saw the first legal festival with no covid measures in place in over a year; the mini-festival in Liverpool’s Sefton Park was a government trial to test how events like these can be performed safely after June 21st. As all attendees needed proof of a negative test within 24 hours before entering, there was no social distancing as the crowds danced the night away. With this in the news, and as the final step of the covid roadmap edges closer, we’re all starting to think about summer plans.
We’ve got a selection of festivals from the upcoming months, with a range of genres and locations, to give you a place to start.
Icons Festival (26th June, Kingston-Upon-Thames)
Icons is a tribute festival. Boasting a line up of six of Europe’s best tribute bands, why miss out on a chance to see an iconic performance of one of music’s great legends? The line-up this year is made up of artists who, for whatever reason, no longer perform so it will be a great chance to see the next best thing.
It’s a day festival; the whole thing takes place over 12 hours. There are camping tickets available if you want to experience it all and not have to drive home after but if that’s not your thing, a day ticket means no sleeping bags or tent disasters.
Out East (6th – 7th August, Edinburgh)
Out East Festival in Edinburgh describe themselves as, “a glorious blend of 5 open air stages with culture, wellbeing, incredible food and dancing”. There is plenty to see and do such as music, yoga and wellness sessions and comics, as well as a family area with acts to keep the kids entertained.
Set in the grounds of Gosford House in East Lothian, and surrounded by 5,000 acres of woodland, Out East festival is set against a scenic backdrop. There is on-site camping, as well as a number of hotels and B&B’s in the surrounding areas. If you want the best of both worlds, that is being right in the centre of the action without all the joys of camping in Scottish weather, there are glamping tents available, which come with beds, bunting and fairy lights to make it cosy.
Summer Love Festival (4th September, Redhill)
Summer Love Festival is a one day event, labelling itself as a ‘boutique festival’. With a range of house music across four different stages, there should be something for everyone. The music ranges from retro house to deep house, to old school electro and US Garage; the idea is to give a sense of being transported to the beginnings of rave culture while spanning genres and showcasing the new generations.
The East Blysse Showground has plenty of room for each of the stages, which are all kitted out with great sound systems and décor to really bring the place to life.
Gravity Festival UK (15th – 17th October, Cannock)
Gravity Festival is a hard rock music festival taking place over three days at The Station in Cannock, Staffordshire. The Station are a dedicated live music venue and alternative nightclub – the perfect backdrop for the chance to rock out this autumn.
The line-up is packed with some of the best melodic rock in the UK with Midnite City, The Treatment, Praying Mantis and Hell’s Addiction headlining.
If you want to be extra prepared and book for a festival this time next year, we have a couple to pick from, both happening in our HQ’s city: Swansea!
Soundbay Festival (25th – 27th March 2022)
The Soundbay Festival will be showcasing twenty-two fantastic rock bands over the course of three days in the beautiful, Grade II listed, Patti Pavillion, on Mumbles Road, Swansea. There’s only about a capacity of 1000 so be sure to grab your tickets quick!
There will also be a variety of food vendors and merch stalls so you can represent your favourite acts. Also, as the festival takes place over a weekend, it’s a great opportunity to stay local and use any spare time to explore Swansea’s city centre.
Station 18 Festival (April 29th – May 1st 2022)
Station 18 Festival is taking place over three days; plenty of time to showcase sixteen of the best New Wave of Classic Rock bands in the country. Taking place in Hangar 18, a grassroots venue right in the centre, this festival is sure to be action packed. No need to worry about transport as Hangar 18 is close to the bus station; alternatively, you could stay in the centre and remain close to the action.
Current headliners are Hollowstar and The Dirty Youth, with more to be announced – the organisers have teased that all acts will be unmissable, so be sure to follow updates!
Tickets are available for all events here via ticket247
These were just a small selection of the upcoming festivals we have available on ticket247. Go to our website to see our wide category of events and festivals, and plan your next post-covid adventure.