UK Festivals: Updates on Glastonbury 2021 and other music festivals (Image: Redferns)

Festival goers had to forego this in 2020 as British festivals had to cancel their annual events due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

There were hopes that 2021 would have us in our rubber boots again and brave the rain (or the weird heat wave), shoulder to shoulder in the crowd to see our favorite artists and bands descend on stages across the country, but during The lockdown continues In the UK, it looks increasingly unlikely.

With strict restrictions still in place that enforce social distancing and prohibit the mixing of large crowds, festivals in 2021 will now be called into question, with Coachella reportedly stuck and Glastonbury already canceling.

Unsurprisingly, music fans are now wondering if there are still festivals going to happen. The status of some events is still unknown as the organizers wait a little longer before making a final decision. Here’s everything we know so far …

Canceled festivals

With decisions being made before the 2021 festival season, Glastonbury is the only major festival that has been canceled so far.

Glastonbury has been canceled for 2021 (Image: PA)

Glastonbury: Canceled

Glastonbury 2021 has been officially canceled, and festival heads Michael and Emily Eavis confirmed the news in a statement posted on Twitter stating that they will be taking a “forced fallow year” instead.

“It is with great regret that we have to announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place and that this will be another forced fallow year for us,” it says.

‘Despite our efforts to move heaven and earth, it has become clear that we simply cannot hold the festival this year. We are so sorry to have let you all down. ‘

It is said that Glasto is going virtual instead and livestream sets for fans.

Are there any festivals in 2021?

Major festivals like Latitude, Isle of Wight and Reading & Leeds have already announced their lineups for 2021, which suggests they will continue as planned and the official updates have not yet been released.

Radio 1 Big Weekend: Unknown

Planned dates and location: May 28th – May 29th, Dundee

Align: TBA

A BBC spokesman said is currently no update to the plans for the 2021 Radio 1 Big Weekend event.

Little Mix appears on Radio 1 Big Weekend
Radio 1 Big Weekend hasn’t managed to update fans just yet (Image: Redferns)

Camp Bestival: Keep going

Planned dates and location: July 29th – August 1st, Lulworth Cove

Align: Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Becky Hill, Kelis, friendly fire

A Camp Bestival spokesman said ‘Rest assured we are continuing to work behind the scenes to prepare for Camp Bestival this summer and hope to have more news for you soon. In the meantime, stay safe.

Isle of Wight: Unknown

Planned dates and location: June 17th – June 20th, Seaclose Park

Align: Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran

The Courteeners perform at the Isle Of Wight Festival
The Isle of Wight Festival has already retired its lineup for 2021 (Image: Getty)

The following festivals are run by Festival Republic, who do not yet have to post an update on whether they will take place:

Reading & Leeds: Unknown

Planned dates and location: August 27 – August 29, Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park

Align: Stormzy, Post Malone, Liam Gallagher and Lewis Capaldi

Latitude: Unknown

Planned dates and location: July 22nd – July 25th, Henham Park

Align: Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, first aid kit, snow patrol

Download: Unknown

Planned dates and location: June 4th-June 6th, Donington Park

Align: Kiss, Biffy Clyro, system of a down, an unforgettable day

Wireless: Unknown

Planned dates and location: July 2nd-July 4th, Finsbury Park

Align: TBA

Electric picnic: Unknown

Planned dates and location: September 3 – September 5, Stradbally Hall

Align: TBA

Lovebox Festival in Gunnersbury Park
It is not yet known whether Lovebox will go into operation in 2021 (Image: WireImage)

Lovebox: Unknown

Planned dates and location: June 11th – June 13th, Gunnersbury Park

Align: TBA

Creamfields: Unknown

Planned dates and location: August 26th – August 29th, Daresbury

Align: Afrojack, Alesso, Jax Jones, Martin Garrix and Pete Tong

Parklife: Go ahead

Planned dates and location: September 11th – September 12th, Heaton Park

Align: TBA

Parklife’s official website states, “We are now looking to 2021 and a return to the fields and good times we all love. It’s a 2 year old party that we all deserve. For this reason we have decided to postpone the festival next year to the new dates from September 11th to 12th so that we can be sure that good times are coming. A huge lineup is almost ready that we can’t wait to show you in January. Trust us when we say it’s worth the wait. ‘

Parklife - Festival goers in the rain during the 2019 event
Some organizers still have to call their events in 2021 (Image: WireImage)

SW4: Unknown

Planned dates and location: August 27th – August 29th, Clapham Common

Align: TBA

All points east: TBA

Planned dates and location: TBA

Align: TBA

More: Great Britain

Boomtown: keep going

Planned dates and location: August 11th – August 15th, Matterley Estate

Align: TBA just before the festival

The Boomtown website states: “Due to the ongoing and ever-changing strategy around COVID-19, the 2021 festival season is not yet known what type of events are allowed. At the time of writing (January 21, 2021) we are planning to continue the event in August. ‘

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