Following the UK government’s road map announcement to reopening the economy, and with the vaccination programme looking like being a roaring success, many people, ourselves included, have been drawing up lists of events we cannot wait to attend, and raid our finances to impulse-buy those ‘must have’ phase 1 tickets.
Remember that feeling where you lose your friends at a festival, pay a months rent for token coins and scramble around to find a phone charger before making new life-long friends with strangers? Yes, we miss it too!
Although the 2021 festival calendar may be slightly limited, and with few of them selling out within minutes, we have compiled this guide to help you make those important choices.
The One in the Woods
Orrell Hill Wood, Liverpool
17th – 18th July 2021
Set in a woodland 20 minutes outside of Liverpool, The One in the Woods opens its portals for a much-anticipated debut from July 17th – 18th. You will be invited to break free from the boundaries of space and time and lose yourself on three different stages of music provided by world-class talents including Jeff Mills, Ben Klock, Rebekah, Lucy, Nastia, Perc, Slam, Sub Focus, Camo & Krooked, Friction, DJ Marky, Fabio & Grooverider, Lauren Lo Slung, Bontan and many more.
Labyrinth Open Air Series
Tofte Manor – Bedford
10th July and 7th August 2021
The Labyrinth Open Air series lands on Saturday 10th July and Saturday 07th August 2021, with two events taking place on a 17th-century estate in Berdfoshire. What a unique setting to witness Âme b2b Dixon, Jannifer Cardini, Alex Medina, DJ Koze, José Gonzalez, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Elder Island (Live), Fred Again and Josey Rebelle across the two dates.
Warm Up Festival
Bygrave Woods, Hertfordshire
20th – 22nd August 2021
Three days and nights of emotive electronic dance music celebrated in the depths of a Hertfordshire pine forest. Warm Up Festival will bring international artists such as Patrice Baumel, Dominik Eulberg, Robag Wruhme, Township Rebellion as well as homegrown, upcoming talent, plus interactive art installations, healthy and consciously sourced food, and a wellness zone offering a full weekend schedule of sound journeys, guided meditations, yoga classes. Hurry up on this one as only a few tents left!
Hide & Seek Festival
Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire
4th September 2021
Hide & Seek Festival unveils its much-anticipated return on Saturday 4th September to the delight of underground music lovers. After an impressive debut in 2019, hosting names such as Mathew Jonson, Margaret Dygas, Shonky, Voigtmann, amongst others, the grounds of Cheshire’s Capesthorne Hall are once again set to come alive under the new and soul-enriching concept of ‘Life in Colour’, with a world-class underground soundtrack and a wealth of extra special design and production. The line up for the 2021 edition has yet to be announced.
Kelvedon Hall, Essex
4th September 2021
ZENfest is an Essex festival born in a back garden in 2016, building a reputation, year after year, to bring a cultured and boutique musical experience. The event will take place from a new location on Saturday 4th September and feature Richy Ahmed, ANOTR and Rossi., supported by Pat Wilson, Max Dean, Ryan Resso, DJ Caspa, Funk Cartel. Expect to party by a glistening lake in front of a historic Edwardian house, Kelvedon Hall.
City Splash 2021
12th September 2021
Beckenham Place Park, London
City Splash is a festival celebrating the influence of reggae music, food and culture in South London. Located in Beckenham Place Park, near Crystal Palace, it will feature four music stages dedicated to reggae acts, including Barrington Levy, Lila Iké, Channel One, Rampage Sound and Shola Ama, plus Caribbean street food all day long. Expect Reggae, Jungle, Hip Hop, Garage, Grime and Drum and Bass.