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List of festivals going ahead in 2021. Photo: HouseandHeels

This year, organizers are a little more optimistic.

With the vaccination program underway and mass testing available, several events have put tickets on sale, confident that fans will be allowed to mosh, pogo and stage-dive with the risk of injury, rather than the disease, their main concern.

Unfortunately, events scheduled early in the season - most notably Glastonbury - have already had to cancel. Many have cited the inability to obtain cancellation insurance as a factor.

Others have moved to safer dates later in the summer, with a noticeable bottleneck over the August bank holiday weekend.

To help you plan ahead, here's what the biggest festivals have announced, with all information correct at the time of writing on 23 March 2021, BBC reported.

Latitude Festival: 22-25 July 2021

The Suffolk festival took to Twitter to reveal that planning was "well underway" for the festival this year and organizers couldn't wait to be "reunited" with festival-goers this summer.

Tickets for Latitude Festival are on sale now.

Standon Calling: 22-25 July 2021

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Photo: Standon-calling

Standon Calling is set to take place on the same weekend as Latitude with headliners in Bastille, Hot Chip and Primal Scream. The event, which takes place in Hertfordshire, will celebrate its 15 anniversary with an exciting new lineup across music, family entertainment, late-night dance, comedy and much much more!

Visit for the full line-up so far and to buy tickets.

Camp Bestival: Going ahead

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

Line-up: Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Becky Hill, Kelis, Friendly Fires

A spokesperson for Camp Bestival told ‘Rest assured we’re continuing to work behind the scenes to get ready for Camp Bestival this summer and hope to have more news for you soon. In the meantime, stay safe.

Camp Bestival founder Rob da Bank confirmed that it will be going ahead on Good Morning Britain, as he revealed live on air: ‘There is literally nothing [co-founder] Josie and I like more in life than standing in a field surrounded by family and friends, dressed in daft outfits dancing to amazing bands and DJs…and Mr Tumble…and that’s exactly what we plan to be doing at Camp Bestival in 154 days, 15 hours and 27 minutes…not that we’re counting.’, said

South Facing Festival: 5-31 August 2021

South Facing Festival is a brand new outdoor concert series coming to south London this August.

Joining them for their debut edition at the Crystal Palace Bowl will be Dizzee Rascal & The Outlook Orchestra, Supergrass, The Streets, Max Richter and The National English Opera.

For more than a decade the Crystal Palace Bowl has lain dormant, but South Facing Festival intend to ‘reboot the rusty laptop’ (as it's affectionally known by locals) and bring live music back to one of its spiritual homes in South London.

Created by some of the people behind festivals including Field Day, Winterville, Cross The Tracks, Wide Awake and Dimensions, South Facing Festival aim to deliver a highly sustainable event series, which reinvigorates the venue and surrounding area, and ultimately has zero environmental impact.

Reading and Leeds Festival: 27-29 August 2021

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Photo: eFestivals

The twin festivals, which take place on August Bank Holiday, took to Twitter this week to write: "Following the government's recent announcement, we can't wait to get back to the fields this summer Party popper LET'S GO Clinking beer mugs #RandL21".

This year will see a whopping SIX headliners perform, including Liam Gallagher, with organizers promising no stage clashes for bill-toppers.

Tickets have completely sold out for Reading Festival with limited Friday and Sunday tickets still available for Leeds, said

**Read more: Reading and Leeds Festivals: Date, History, Tickets, Headliners!

Creamfields: 26-29 August 2021

The dance music festival, which takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend, is full steam ahead- with organizers confirming it has now sold out in "record-breaking time".

All Points East: 27-30 August for 2021

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Festival organizers announced on Monday 8 March: "Hello everyone. The team are thrilled to finally reveal that All Points East festival will be returning to Victoria Park on the August bank holiday weekend 2021!"

They've since announced Jamie xx and Kano as their first headliners. Also confirmed for Saturday 28 August are the likes of Tom Misch, Slowthai, Little Simz and Arlo Parks.

APE presents Field Day: 29 August 2021

Field Day returns to Victoria Park on Sunday 29 August 2021, as part of the APE Presents program.

Headlining our comeback, BICEP takes center stage with their scintillating live show - a London festival exclusive that will see the pioneering duo debut material from their critically acclaimed album Isles as it was intended - for the big stage. Joining BICEP on our Victoria Park return will be Floating Points (Live), The Blessed Madonna, Maribou State, Mall Grab and more.

With a decade-long history at East London’s most famous park, our partnership with All Points East completes an evolutionary cycle, uniting two of London’s leading festivals and marking out the next chapter in Field Day’s illustrious story.

Neighbourhood Weekender: 3-5 September 2021

Neighbourhood Weekender has confirmed its return for 2021 with newly rescheduled dates. The festival, which is usually held in May at Warrington's Victoria Park, will now take place from 3-5 September this year.

Gerry Cinnamon will headline the Friday night of the festival, while James will top the bill on the second night, replacing Ian Brown as Saturday night headliner. The North West's biggest indie festival will then be rounded off by Welsh rockers Catfish And The Bottlemen.

Cross The Tracks: 5 Sep, Brockwell Park

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Photo: xthetracks

Line-up: TBA

Organizers have said: ‘Following a lot of discussion and advice were taken around the pandemic, vaccine rollouts and rapid testing, the festival will now move to the late summer date of September 5th to ensure the event can go ahead in full resounding glory.’

Parklife Festival: 11-12 September 2021

Co-founder Sacha Lord told NME that he was "confident" the event, which takes place at Manchester's Heaton Park, would go ahead this year. In December, the festival was moved from June to 11-12 September to give organizers more time. It looks like it's paid off.

Now the acts have been announced with the likes of Dave, Megan Thee Stallion and Disclosure leading the line-up

Wireless Festival: 10-12 September

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Photo: Wireless Festival

Wireless Festival has announced its return as well as its move from Finsbury Park to south London's Crystal Palace Park for the first time ever.

A full line-up is still to be confirmed for the event, but tickets are on sale now.

Isle of Wight: 16-19 September 2021

Isle of Wight Festival has moved its dates in the hopes it will definitely take place this year.

Sharing a video to announce the news, organizers wrote: "We're so excited to announce that we're moving the festival to 16th - 19th September 2021".

They added: "We're aiming to bring back as many of the artists as we can but rest assured, you'll enjoy a stellar line-up over the festival weekend."

Sound City: 1-3 October 2021

The Liverpool city festival, which celebrates up-and-coming talent, announced a date change for October, with the likes of of Reggie Snow, The Murder Capital, Red Rum Club, The Mysteries, The Lathums, The Snuts, Abbie Ozard and more all confirmed.

Tickets are on sale now at

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