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The Best Music Festivals in the UK 2021

The Best Music Festivals in the UK 2021

James Kilpin | Features & Interviews

With part of 2021's festival season looking increasingly likely go ahead, we pick out 20 of our favourite UK music festivals that should be on every music fan's radar.


Festival lineup (2021): deadmau5, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Adam Beyer, Timmy Trumpet, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Peggy Gou, Eric Prydz

The UK's foremost dance music festival, Creamfields has it all when it comes to electronic music. Whether you're a fan of house, techno, EDM, drum and bass or trance, you're in good hands at Creamfields as each and every year the Daresbury festival curates an epic lineup of the biggest and best in dance. 

When & where: 26th - 29th August 2021; Daresbury Estate, Warrington

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Isle of Wight

Festival lineup (2021): Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Jess Glynne, Primal Scream, Kaiser Chiefs, Pete Tong

One of the UK's oldest and most historic music festivals, a lot has happened to the Isle of Wight Festival over the past 50 years. From attracting 700,000 people to see Jimi Hendrix in 1970, to subsequently being banned until 2002, it has since welcomed music icons such as Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones. Nowadays its great for families thanks to its diverse modern and nostalgic lineups, as well as expansive programme of theatre, film, comedy, activities and games.

When & where: 17th - 20th June 2021; Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight

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Festival lineup (2020): Tyler, the Creator, Skepta, Lewis Capaldi, Khalid, Jorja Smith, Anderson .Paak, Bicep, Robyn

Manchester's very own Parklife is now a major part of the UK's music scene as it consistently attracts the biggest names in dance and alternative music to the city's Heaton Park. House, techno, garage, drum and bass, grime and hip-hop are all represented across Parklife's eight stages.

When & where: 11th - 12th September 2021; Heaton Park, Manchester

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Reading & Leeds

Festival lineup (2021): Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Post Malone, Queens of the Stone Age, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Disclosure

A rite of passage for all young festival-goers in the UK, Reading and Leeds festivals have made the August bank holiday weekend their own with their huge rock-centric lineups that now feature artists from the worlds of indie, grime and dance. Ask any experienced festival-goer and you're guaranteed they'll have some fond stories of their times at either.

When & where: 27th - 29th August 2021; Little John's Farm, Reading & Bramham Park, Leeds

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South West Four

Festival lineup (2020): Major Lazer, The Streets, Kano, Krept & Konan, Rudimental, Kelis, Dizzee Rascal, Andy C

South London dance gem South West Four is the capital's go-to dance destination come August bank holiday weekend. Each and every summer thousands of fans flock to Clapham Common for party alongside their favourite artists underneath the beaming London sun, before heading out into the city to one of the countless afterparties. 

When & where: 27th -29th August 2021; Clapham Common, London

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All Points East

Festival lineup (2021): Jamie xx, Kano, Tom Misch, slowthai, Little Simz, Arlo Parks, Nubya Garcia (more TBA)

A relatively new addition to the London festival scene, All Points East has well and truly made its mark on the capital, and beyond. Since its inception in 2018, the festival has welcomed the likes of The Strokes, The Chemical Brothers, Björk and LCD Soundystem to Victoria Park.

When & where: 27th-30th August 2021; Victoria Park, London

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APE presents Field Day

Festival lineup (2021): Floating Points, The Blessed Madonna, Special Request, Josie Rebelle, Ross From Friends, Floorplan, Mall Grab, Artwork

This year, the newer East London giant joins forces with former Victoria Park resident and beloved London festival Field Day, offering a Sunday programme packed with revered and eclectic dance music talent as part of the broader weekend of music that falls under the All Points East banner.

When & where: 29th August 2021; Victoria Park, London

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BST Hyde Park

Festival lineup (2021): Duran Duran, Pearl Jam, Pixies, Idles, Grace Jones, Nile Rodgers & Chic

The Queen of the huge outdoor concert, BST Hyde Park is all about showcasing the biggest and best in music in London's most famous park. Think the likes of Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine, Eric Clapton and Bruno Mars.

When & where: 9-11 July 2021; Hyde Park, London

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Festival lineup (2021): Courteeners, Liam Gallagher, Lewis Capaldi, Ian Brown, Foals, Snow Patrol, Sam Fender, Keane

Since picking up the mantle from T in the Park, TRNSMT has quickly become Scotland's number one music festival. But as well as bringing those household names to Glasgow, TRNSMT is also a great place to discover the hottest new artists coming through in the indie scene thanks to its now vital King Tut's Stage.

When & where: 9th - 11th July 2021; Glasgow Green, Glasgow

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Newsam Park Open Air Festival

Festival lineup (2021): Sven Väth, Jamie Jones, Denis Sulta, Enzo Siragusa, Mella Dee, Nightmares on Wax, Folamour,

A brand new event, held in the titular park on the outskirts of Leeds, organised by the team who previously brought you Cocoon In The Park. As with its predecessor, the one-day party will feature a host of fan favourites from house and techno's vibrant underground, spread across two stages in the scenic setting.

When & where: 10th July 2021; Newsam Park, Leeds

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Festival lineup (2020): A$AP Rocky, Lil Uzi Vert, Skepta, D-Block Europe, Meek Mill, Young Thug, AJ Tracey, Burna Boy

It's telling that Wireless Festival sells out almost immediately year after year. But once you see it's lineup it's easy to see why. Quite literally a who's who of hip-hop, grime, R&B and rap, Wireless is without doubt the number one urban music festival in the UK.

When & where: 2nd - 4th July 2021; Finsbury Park, London

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El Dorado

Festival lineup (2020): Groove Armada, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, Hybrid Minds, Shy FX, Kojey Radical, Skream, High Contrast, D Double E

A magical world of shenanigans, El Dorado lays on a weekend of delightful and surreal surprises at its home in the beautiful grounds of Eastnor Castle. Curated by the creative minds behind Cirque Du Soul, the festival welcomes festival-goers to jump head first into its its immersive world and enjoy its programme of music, wellness, art, theatre and all kinds of outlandish games.

When & where: 1st - 4th July 2021; Eastnor Castle, Ledbury

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Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Festival lineup (2021): TLC, The Isley Brothers, Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes, Sister Sledge, Candi Staton, Nubya Garcia, The Brand New Heavies, Kokoroko

Love Supreme is held in the expansive ground of an Elizabethan manor house in the South Downs National Park, a fitting home for the collection of generation-spanning music royalty invited to perform each year. The 'jazz' of the festival's name only tells part of the story, as icons of funk, soul, R&B and more regularly feature, and there's plenty beyond the music to keep fans coming back each summer.

When & where: 2nd - 4th July 2021; Glynde Place, East Sussex


Festival lineup (2020): Skepta, Kings of Leon, The 1975, Dizzee Rascal, The Kooks, Loyle Carner, Mura Masa, Damian Marley

Music and surf fans should get to know Boardmasters. Held each summer down on the Cornish coast, the festival is all about bringing together music, surfing, wellbeing and the outdoors. While we can party hard to some of our favourite artists in indie, pop, grime, drum and bass, house, rock and more up at Watergate Bay, a quick jaunt down to Fistral Beach and we'll find international surfers competing in professional competitions.

When & where: 11th - 15th August 2021; Fistral Beach & Watergate Bay, Newquay

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Festival lineup (2021): Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, Snow Patrol, First Aid Kit (more TBA)

Held in a beautiful corner of the Suffolk countryside, Latitude is a festival for the refined festival-goer. A great one for families, Latitude it way more than just a music festival, although its music lineup is as enviable as can be. But Latitude really comes to life beyond its music, with festival-goers able to enjoy outdoor theatre, opera on a lake, woodland film premiers, dance troupes, literary greats, artistic wonders and a dedicated children's area.

When & where: 22nd - 25th July 2021; Henham Park, Southwold

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Festival lineup (2020): Wu-Tang Clan, Underworld, The Libertines, Kano, Damian Marley, Mura Masa, Kelis, Orbital

An immersive world of vibrancy, theatre, fantasy, escapism and creativity, Boomtown is an incredible assault on your senses. Consisting of multiple districts with a different emphasis, this roots, reggae and bass-driven festival will have you relaxing to folk one moment, and hurtling at 180 BPM the next.

When & where: 
11th - 15th August 2021; Matterley Estate, Winchester

Southport Weekender Festival

Festival lineup (2021): Arrested Development, Todd Edwards, Derrick Carter, David Rodigan, Inner City, Black Motion

Dubbed the "world's friendliest party", Southport Weekender's one-day outing in the south of the capital brings the same vibe from the coastal holiday camp weekenders for a day of feel-good house, soul, garage and disco from a selection of scene veterans.

When & where: 4th September 2021; Morden Park, London

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Nass Festival

Festival lineup (2021): The Streets, Andy C, Shy FX, Holy Goof, Hybrid Minds, Kings of the Rollers, SaSaSaS, Jaykae

NASS Festival is the UK’s only professional action sport and music festival, as it celebrates music, street art, skate and BMX at the Bath & West Showground alongside artists from the worlds of drum and bass, hip-hop, grime, house and more.

When & where: 8th - 11th July 2021; Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet

Kendal Calling

Festival lineup (2020): Foals, Stereophonics, Primal Scream, Supergrass, Blossoms, Craig David presents TS5, The Kooks, Dizzee Rascal

Each summer the beautiful Cumbrian Lake District plays host to a diverse lineup of rock, indie and dance music, alongside quirky art installations, pop-up bars, a market, and even a cinema. What's more, Kendal Calling is also a perfect festival to take the family to, thanks to its dedicated kid's area that showcases all kinds of entertainment throughout the weekend.

When & where: 29th July – 1st August 2021; Lowther Deer Park, Penrith

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Hospitality Weekend in the Woods

Festival lineup (2021): Netsky, NOISIA, Calibre & DRS, Hype, Hazard, London Elektricity, Sherelle, Flava D, Kings of the Rollers

After successful outings 'in the park' and 'on the beach', beloved drum and bass brand Hospitality now take up residency 'in the woods' – more specifically the verdant surroundings of Beckenham Place Park in London's southeastern reaches. As with all Hospitality events, this end-of-summer weekender features a vast array of favourites from drum and bass music's various iterations.

When & where: 18th - 19th September 2021; Beckhenham Place Park, London

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