Camp Bestival announce Movies theme for 2021

Camp Bestival 2021

We are very pleased to announce the return of Camp Bestival, back in the spacious grounds of Lulworth Castle from Thursday 29th July to Sunday 1st August. Scored by the very best music acts around and bursting with blockbuster action don’t miss out on Camp Bestival 2021 because we mean it when we say ACTION.

Featuring a cast and crew that reads like the greatest soundtrack ever made, expect movie music magic from the likes of Fatboy Slim who remains our weapon of choice to top the bill on Saturday night following a set from special guests Friendly Fires. We’ll say hello to the nightclub sounds of Groove Armada and we’ll most certainly have heaven on our minds when Becky Hill takes to the stage heading a glittering Friday night Castle Stage triumvirate that also includes a tasty turn from Kelis and Sophie Ellis-Bextor featuring daring doyens of the dance, Sink The Pink.

Winner of ‘Best Family Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards 2019, we’ve got family entertainment galore in the fresh coastal air with a host of CB faves including risqué tearaways Dick and Dom, outrageous live scientists Brainiac Live, and Cbeebies legends Mr Tumble, Mister Maker & Rebecca Keatley, Andy & The Odd Socks and Sam & Mark. And we have singalong joy with the BRIT School, and performing arts amusements from Stagecoach, plus Art, Science, Dance & Circus Workshops, and kiddie friendly techno-colour courtesy of Big Fish Little Fish, and Junior Jungle.

You’ll see stars all weekend long right across the capacious castle grounds with music from Level 42, Max & Harvey, Georgia, The Selecter, Sara Cox, Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems, The Sugarhill Gang – Furious 5 ft Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio, Vengaboys, Heather Small, The Sherlocks and Louise Redknapp.  Our cinema scope will catch the sights and sounds of David Rodigan, Reef, Space, Tim Burgess, Biig Piig, Mae Muller, Self Esteem, DJ YODA PRES. FILMSTOCK, The Cuban Brothers, Norman Jay MBE and Cheryl Hole. And we have scene-stealing sets from Craig Charles, Gengahr, Jaguar Skills, Dub Pistols, S Club 2, The Wurzels, LTJ Bukem, Krafty Kuts, Klaus Blatter, R.A.E, Tamzene, Fleetmac Wood, Hungry Heart, Purple Rave – A Prince Tribute, Bowie Disco and many more. 

Our movie-themed weekend won’t be short on the talkies with comedy and spoken word appearances from Trigger Happy TV’s Dom Joly, award winning author Irvine Welsh, and snooker great and leftfield music authority Steve Davis and his DJ partner Kavus Torabi. Plus, there’s more verbalising and vaudeville across the weekend from the likes of Scummy Mummies, Man Vs. Baby, TheDadLab and Wacaday mainstay Timmy Mallett!

No Camp Bestival would be complete without lashings of bonhomie and fabulous fare. So, expect food and drink fun that caters to all tastes including The New Foodies hosted by Fred Sirieix, live fire demos, traders tutored by The Black Farmer’s Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Neil Rankin, DJ BBQ, Fizz Bar and Mother Earth’s Open Kitchen.

If contemplative vibes are more your focus, then head to Slow Motion to enjoy the delights of yoga, breathwork including an appearance from Richie ‘the breath guy’ Bostock, meditation, sound healing, ayurvedic workshops, and a sleep retreat. Or set your pulses racing with Fit Camp including wild runs, HIIT & family boxing, and a holistic triathlon.

With a cast of long-term faves already in place, Camp Bestival also has some superstars in the making with the Palace our teen area, Stargazy Presents ‘Keep It Cosmic’, a blend of music & mixology, the Giggle Box our new comedy venue, Cirque Bijou’s High Wire Spectacular and, of course, the Full Moon Cinema, all brand new for 2021.

And following its smash-hit debut performance Wild Tribe gets star billing with a host of earthy and earthly activities including the Big Build, Water Slides & Ziplines With Woodland Tribe, Spinney Hollow Craft Village, Mossy Crow, Bushcraft, Bivouac & Fire Building, Interactive Theatre and Calm Spaces.

As ever, there are a multitude of options for camping out at Camp Bestival. Featuring the very finest in outdoor living, check out all the expansive options that range from our roomy General Camping fields, through the generous plots of Camping Plus and Backstage Camping right up to the none-more luxurious Boutique options, Campervans, Caravans and beyond.

Reading and Leeds Festival 2021 stage splits and more

Today Reading and Leeds Festivals announce day tickets for the 2021 editions of the festival are on sale now, with day splits also being revealed, alongside some exciting new additions to the line-up including Gerry Cinnamongirl in red and Sports Team. The three-day festival takes place on 27-29 August 2021, returning to Reading’s famous Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ legendary Bramham Park with headliners Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Queens of the Stone Age, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Disclosure. Day tickets and full weekend tickets are on sale via https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/reading-and-leeds-festival

Reading and Leeds Festival have also announced several more names across the 2021 main stages. Celebrated British hardcore punk band Gallows are set to make an almighty return to Reading and Leeds, having last performed at the festivals in 2013. Having emerged from the underground punk scene in 2005 with the explosive albums ‘Orchestra of Wolves’, ‘Grey Britain’ and their most recent ‘Desolation Sounds’, the band will undoubtedly bring their confrontational, ferocious and anarchic live performance to the festivals’ stages.

Following their stratospheric rise in 2020, indie alt rock six-piece Sports Team are set for an explosive return to Reading and Leeds in 2021. Their dedicated legion of fans can be sure to expect hits from the band’s chart-topping Mercury Prize nominated debut album ‘Deep Down Happy’ and anticipate a highly electrifying live performance led by frontman Alex Rice.

Nova Twins are also set to bring their dominating, boundless energy to the Reading and Leeds stages. A force to be reckoned with, the London based female duo refuse to conform to any template, championing their own a unique bass-heavy genre-warping sound. They use their platform to advocate inclusivity and diversity, influenced by the socio-political experiences of their day-to-day experiences.

Dreya Mac’s explosion onto the rap scene with her debut single ‘Skippin’ quickly showed the world her ferocious multiple abilities – singing, rapping, dancing and directing. Her performance is set to be a great showcase of the contagious energy and mesmerising flow that’s earning her worthy attention.

Liverpool’s legendary indie rockers The Wombats are also making a return to the Reading and Leeds stages, undoubtedly bringing a selection of their infectious, guitar-driven beats and hooks from across their 4 studio albums, including iconic indie bangers ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ and ‘Moving To New York’, and some future pop licks from their latest album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’.

Manchester’s house DJ duo Solardo have rapidly become the main flag-bearers for their hometown’s iconic musical history. Working with CamelPhat, Loco Dice, Eli Brown to name a few, and remixing the likes of Calvin Harris, Gorgon City, Dua Lipa and MK, has led to residencies in Ibiza, giving them the perfect credentials to bring the dance party to Reading and Leeds.        

Gerry Cinnamon will be bringing his relatable, anthemic, sing-a-long hits including ‘Canter’ and ‘Sometimes’ to the festival for the first time. The already legendary live performer has been on an exponential rise with his sophomore album shooting straight to UK Number 1 in the Official Album Charts earlier this year. His performance is not to be missed with his ability to whip audiences into a frenzy and inspire electrifying arena-wide singalongs. 

With over 50 million followers and the third most-followed music channel in the UK behind Ed Sheeran and One Direction, Watford-born YouTuber and rapper KSI is set to take to the Reading and Leeds festival stage next year. Evolving from a YouTube sensation to boxing champion to a bonafide, respected artist, fans can expect him to play tracks from his critically acclaimed debut studio album Dissimulation.

Bradford’s Bad Boy Chiller Crew (BBCC) meteoric rise from driving an ice-cream van to underground wonders has caught the eye of many, becoming one of the most hyped new acts of 2020. BBCC are modernising the fundamentals of classic old-school garage tunes to produce authentic, bop-worthy bass-lines, ready to hit festival crowds.

The transition from online creator to rapper has proved extremely rewarding for Niko B with his hit ‘Who’s That What’s That’ peaking at No. 26 on the UK Singles Chart this year and also touring with NSG. His blend of hip-hop and comedy has created something unique that the festival audiences will be eager to see.

Originally a YouTube channel sharing founder member Joe Lazcru’s DJ mixes, the Crucast collective featuring Lazcru, Skepsis, Darkzy, Bru-C, TS7, Kanine, Window Kid, and MC AD have been taking the music scene by storm. Pushing a vital new strain of beats that include electro house, DnB, garage, and more, Crucast will be returning to Reading and Leeds in 2021 showcasing plenty of chunk bass and high-octane rhythms that will have the festival crowds dancing well into the night.

girl in red brings a striking blend of raw and relatable alternative pop from Norway, quickly becoming celebrated for her unapologetic, powerful songs about love, mental health, and sexuality. Since breaking onto the scene in 2018, girl in red has captured the attention and hearts of her 6.7 million monthly Spotify listeners, swiftly establishing her as a teenage queer icon.

Following her rise to fame as a YouTuber, Ivorian Doll has hit rap scene hard and true with fiery wordplay and pop appeal all at once. As the self-proclaimed “Queen of Drill”, she will be sure to make her debut performance at Reading and Leeds is one to remember.

Fresh from the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Lie Out Loud’ through the iconic Chess Club Records, Bloxx have fast become a force to be reckoned with in the indie pop world. Led by vocalist/guitarist Fee Booth, the Reading and Leeds crowds can look forward to Bloxx’s cathartic bangers that seamlessly define the emotion attached to growing up in a satellite town and experiencing love for the first time.

Dual-fronted power pop Hot Milk are set to bring a chaotic blend of pop-rock anthems and catchy choruses. In just two short years since exploding onto the scene, their angsty female/male vocal duo approach has commanded them high-profile support slots for the likes of the Foo Fighters and You Me At Six, proving them as ones not to be missed!

DAY SPLITS
 
FRIDAY READING/SATURDAY LEEDS
(A-Z)
 
AJ Tracey
Ashnikko
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Dreya Mac
Gallows
Jack Harlow
Lewis Capaldi
Mabel
Madison Beer
MK
Nova Twins
Sports Team
Stormzy
 
SATURDAY READING/SUNDAY LEEDS
(A-Z)
 
Beabadoobee
DaBaby
Disclosure
Dojo Cat 
Fever 33
Post Malone
Sigrid
Solardo
The Wombats
Two Door Cinema Club
 
SUNDAY READING/FRIDAY LEEDS
(A-Z)
 
100 Gecs
Bad Boy Chiller Crew
Bloxx
Charli XCX 
Crucast
Gerry Cinnamon 
girl in red
Hot Milk
Ivorian Doll
KSI
Liam Gallagher
Lyra
Neck Deep
Niko B
Queens Of The Stone Age 
Sofi Tukker
Yungblud

Sound City announce 2021 first additions

Sound City

Revered and celebrated as a defining weekend in the new music calendar, the leading champion of emerging UK talent, and globally-recognised Sound City is set to return bigger and better than ever in 2021- standing as the first place to catch your next favourite act and the only destination to find the artists soundtracking the year ahead. With three full days of music discovery right across the city of Liverpool, the very best emerging sounds and artists can be found in the most unusual venues and spaces.  

Ahead of the curve with its new music weekend and conference playing host to the thinkers and movers at the forefront of music culture, Sound City welcomes 100s of acts and figures looking here first for what comes next in music. 2021 looks set to be no different, with its bumper first wave of names featuring generational leaders, homegrown trailblazers and scintillating new faces all poised to seize the year as their own. 

Carving out his own unmistakable place in modern music, Rejjie Snow heads to Sound City for an action-packed headline set brimming with his distinctive hip-hop charm. With an eye on the future ready to be unveiled, expect a must-see coronation at Sound City next year. 

Bursting with eclectic sounds and a diverse lineup that picks upon the stories and exciting artists making their own out of each, Sound City is tapped into every corner of what comes next for music. A vibrant local story of wide-eyed ambition, Red Rum Club take to the Sound City stage in 2021 for a celebratory homecoming headline slot while The Murder Capital bring their powerful presence to Sound City in 2021 for a jaw-dropping look at what comes next for one of the most important new bands going. Electro-punk boundary breakers Working Men’s Club bring their incendiary live show to Sound City next spring, while indie-pop reigns supreme with Abbie Ozard and Thomas Headon both making appearances in Liverpool next year on their way to the top. Set for big indie stages, The Snuts bring the fire to Sound City next year while the city’s own The Mysterines take to the stage proving why they’re one of the most talked about new bands in the UK right now. 

Speaking about headlining Sound City 2021, Red Rum Club said:
“Sound City as a festival is massive for us. It’s been the biggest live original music festival in our hometown since we started out as a band. We’ve always strived to get on the bill at any level we could, so to be headlining next year is truly humbling for us. We feel proud and excited! We always try to deliver something special whenever we play a hometown show and Sound City ‘21 will be no different…”

On playing a hometown set at next year’s Sound City, The Mysterines said:
“We’re so excited to be playing Sound City next year. As it’s our hometown we always look forward to playing shows in Liverpool. We’ve missed festivals this summer so much and we can’t wait to play!”

Another local titan, Jamie Webster brings tracks from his Top 10 Album ‘We Get By’ for an almighty singalong, whilst rising guitar favourites The Lathums drop in on their way to a landmark 2021.  With the likes of Louis Berry, The K’s, Stanleys, TTRRUUCES, Rosehip Teahouse, Bull, Sprints and more all confirmed – Sound City stands above the rest with the sounds soundtracking your 2021. 

These first names stand as an early taste of what to expect from the return of Sound City, the first stop for the biggest acts on the planet to make their early mark and for fans to discover the sounds and artists ready to soundtrack the year ahead. Announcing a 50% representation of women and minority genders in artists playing the festival next year on this first announcement and promising music discovery at every corner, it’s impossible to leave Sound City without a new favourite act, with 2021 now more important than ever for thriving and exciting new music.

Speaking about Sound City 2021, Managing Director Rebecca Ayres says:
“It brings me great joy to announce the first names and details for Sound City 2021. In an incredibly tough year for all of us in the music and events industry, it’s now more important than ever to support live music and new exciting music – something we’ve lead the way on for nearly 14 years. 2021 looks set to be our biggest Sound City to date, with incredible names like Rejjie Snow, Working Men’s Club and The Murder Capital, as well as unmissable local talent in Red Rum Club, The Mysterines, Louis Berry and Jamie Webster to name but a few, with more still to announce. 2020 may have passed us by, so looks like we’ll have to pack twice the amount of fun into 2021? We’ll see you there!”

Continuing their long-standing relationship, Sound City is once again the UK’s lead festival partner for Keychange, a global movement focused on the restructuring of the music industry to achieve gender equality. Sound City are committed to championing gender equality across all of their global musical projects from Sound City Korea, Ipswich and latest streaming platform Guesthouse. Leading a vast array of festivals and events across the UK and beyond, the focus remains on achieving 50% representation of women and minority genders by 2022 – with a 50% representation of women and minority genders announced in the festival’s first batch of names and a range of initiatives, panels and more lined up in collaboration with Keychange over the coming months. Alongside Keychange participants Hello Delaware and Isobel Nieb being announced for Sound City today, this week as Keychange marks the UK Keychange Week, expect a range of collaborative events including a very special launch takeover from Keychange via Sound City’s pioneering Guesthouse platform – which has been bringing live performances and new artists to screens across the globe over the past few months, adapting to a new world with music at the forefront. 

As a part of Sound City celebrations, the Sound City+ Conference returns in 2021, sitting as a hotbed of forward-thinking ideas and discussion on what lies ahead for the music and entertainment industries. Bringing together figures from across the globe for what’s primed to be one of the first opportunities to reconvene and examine the music landscape after a transformative 12 months, the Sound City+ Conference will feature a range of programming, panels and speakers not to be missed. Giving back and inspiring a new generation, the future of music once again thrives through the streets of Liverpool. 

Tickets for Sound City 2021 are available from 10am on Wednesday September 23rd, with a limited batch of festivals tickets on sale at exclusive earlybird prices for 48 hours only. Full general release weekend, day and VIP tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday September 25th. 

Taking over a bubbling UK music capital once again with the best in new and exciting music, there’s nothing quite like Sound City.

Creamfields 2021 announce more acts

The countdown has officially started for Creamfields 2021 and to mark the occasion the electronic festival giants have announced more acts to the ever growing line up including Nina Kraviz, Afrojack, Jamie Jones, Alan Fitzpatrick, Solardo, Paul van Dyk, Josh Wink, Richy Ahmed, Aly & Fila, Matrix & Futurebound feat. Rhymester, TNT aka Technoboy n Tuneboy, Sub Zero Project, Headhunterz, Sound Rush, DJ Isaac, Adaro, Sefa and Andy Whitby.

Nina Kraviz

This latest onslaught join the likes of Above & Beyond, Adam Beyer, Andy C, ANNA, Bassjackers, Ben Nicky, Boris Brejcha, Brennan Heart, Carl Cox, Chase & Status (DJ Set), Chris Lorenzo, Claptone, Cosmic Gate, Cristoph, Darren Styles, deadmau5, Dimension, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Disciples, Eli Brown, Enrico Sangiuliano, Eric Prydz HOLOSPHERE, Example, Fisher, Franky Wah, Friction, Gareth Emery, Gorgon City, Hannah Wants, Holy Goof, Hot Since 82, Hybrid Minds, James Organ, Jax Jones, Jonas Blue, KC Lights, Kölsch, Kutski, La Fleur, Laidback Luke, Leftwing:Kody, Low Steppa, Martin Garrix, Mason Collective, Michael Bibi, MK, My Nu Leng, Nightlapse, Notion, Offaiah, Oliver Heldens, Paul Woolford, Peggy Gou, Pendulum – TRINITY, Pete Tong, SASASAS, Scooter, Sigma, SOSA, Sub Focus (DJ Set), Sven Väth, Tchami, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet, Vini Vici, W&W and Yousef.

As one of the biggest festivals of the summer season, this year’s edition was sorely missed, however, celebrated virtually for the #CreamfieldsHouseParty which featured some of the best performances from the festival over the last few years, attracting millions of viewers from around the world.   

With many more acts still to be announced over the coming months, Creamfields will be one festival not to be missed next year!  #BringItOn21

Notting Hill Carnival comes to your home

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival 2020: Access All Areas, the official celebration of Notting Hill Carnival, is delighted to announce its complete line-up of hosts for the August Bank Holiday event including BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Ace and Capital XTRA’s Remel London. Taking place online at www.NHCarnival.org, it brings together some of the most exciting talents from UK radio, educators, MCs, journalists and more alongside the authentic and traditional arts of Carnival.

For the first time in its 54-year history, Notting Hill Carnival will not be on the streets due to Covid-19, but this year’s online celebrations will be kicking off from the UK’s biggest screen in Piccadilly Circus as the event moves to a digital platform. 

In the week building up to Notting Hill Carnival 2020: Access All Areas, official partner Samsung will release a series of mini-films, including an exclusive trailer that captures the essence of what this year’s virtual carnival will offer. 

These mini-films were shot using the impressive 8K capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy S20 and celebrates Carnival and shines a spotlight on its vibrancy and energy through dance, food and music. The videos will launch Carnival with a live countdown on the Piccadilly Circus screen directing viewers to tune in via Notting Hill Carnival’s official site www.nhcarnival.org

The move to digital both encourages the safety and wellbeing of the Carnival community, the general public and local residents, but also allows the Notting Hill Carnival to grow as a global spectacle online, for the world to enjoy safely from their home. 

The Access All Areas free streams, filmed and produced by Let’s Go Do, will be broken down into four channels each showing performances from bands that participate in Notting Hill Carnival every year and interviews with some of the pioneers of Carnival that were integral to what it is today.

Starting on Saturday 29 August at 6pm until midnight will be the Carnival Warm-Up. From 6pm to 9pm actor, writer and comedian Jason Lewis and renowned culture and diversity celebrator and storyteller Reema Samuel bring you the Steelband Show, and then from 9pm to midnight educator, vocalist, Carnival Arts practitioner and founder of Gemz Mas Giselle Carter alongside Caribbean storyteller, author, writer and one of the UK’s leading MCs Coco P host the Calypso and Groovy Soca. All will be streamed through Channel 1.

Stand-up comedian and presenter of The Scene on BBC Radio London, Aurie Styla and Claire Clottey, an award-winning journalist and host of The Beat London 103.6FM’s #TimeToTalk show and will host Channel 1 (The Culture Channel) on Sunday (30) and Monday (31) from 9am – 12pm.

DJ, presenter and Caribbean music specialist Martin Jay aka Big Pappy and Giselle Carter host Channel 2 (Parade Channel) from 12pm to 8pm on the Sunday and Monday that will show J’ouvert, Mas bands, Brazilian bands and more.

Channel 3 (Sound System Channel) will be hosted by Capital XTRA Breakfast Show host Shayna Marie – who presents the station’s flagship week-day morning show alongside Yinka – and producer and musician Ras Kwame who hosts weekend shows on Capital XTRA and Capital XTRA Reloaded. They will be bringing you sets from some of the most famous Notting Hill Carnival Sound Systems from 12pm to 8pm Sunday and Monday.

Channel 4 is the Main Stage Channel and will be bringing viewers music from all over the world. It will be hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra mid-morning host DJ Ace and Capital XTRA’s Saturday afternoon host and lead presenter of SKY 1’s What’s Up TV Remel London. They will be hosting from 8pm to 11pm on Sunday and Monday.

This three-day spectacle of music, dancing, food and drink will be brought to you by those that have made Notting Hill Carnival the breathtaking weekend we love today. With more names to be announced, here is a snapshot of some of the performers you will be able to enjoy.

There will be exclusive sets from legendary Sound systems of Notting Hill Carnival and includes Volcano, Arts-A-Light, Disya Jeneration, Gaz’s Rockin Blues, Seduction

City, KCC & The Rockin Crew, King Tubby’s, Love TKO, Rampage, Rough But

Sweet, G T Flex Roadshow, CMC Matrix, Saxon Sound System, Sir Valdez and Channel 1.

The magnificence of Calypso and Soca comes courtesy of Ms Desire, Brown Sugar, Rev B, Latoya, G-String, Triniboi Joocie, De Admiral, Clivus, Muffinman, Batch, Dansa, Alexander D Great, Helena B, DeeVine, Soca Kidd, Sunshine & Nadiva, D’Alberto, Masterlink, Nigel Isaacs and The Divette’s.

The incredible sound of the Steelpan comes from Panash, CSI, Panectar, St Michaels and All Angels, Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra, Stardust Arts, Steel Pan In Motion, UFO, Nostalgia, Ebony, Mangrove, Metronomes, Real Steel and Brazilian bands Baque De Axe and Tribo.

The colour and panache of Mas is brought to you by Notting Hill Carnival bands The Bride Outreach, Calabash, Flamboyan, Colours, Burrokeets, Tempo Mas, Funatiks, Urban Touch,  Ebony Mas, Island Mas, D Riddim Tribe, Karnival Mania, Soca Massive, Jamaica Twist, Vibrance, Cocoyea, Elimu, Mahogany, Elevate, Flagz, Gemz, Saga Boys, Hot Wax, Genesis, CAPCA, Mangrove Mas, Tropical Fusion, IDF and Designers Tiffany Thompson and Edrahil Lucifer.

Carnival kicks off on London’s Piccadilly screen with an exclusive trailer before the full schedule starts at www.nhcarnival.org. The Samsung mini-series, shot in 8K, will play out in full QLED 8K at Samsung KX in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross over the whole bank holiday weekend. 

Download Festival 2021 announce headliners and more

Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has announced KISSBIFFY CLYRO and SYSTEM OF A DOWN as its 2021 headliners, plus many more of the world’s most exciting bands in rock, punk, hardcore and metal including Deftones, KORNSteel Panther and The Distillers will return for Download 2021, with even more yet to be announced. The three-day festival takes place on 4-6 June 2021 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday 7 August via downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.

After an epic and well documented 45-year career that launched an era of rock’n’roll, the legendary KISS will perform in the UK at Download Festival 2021, in a UK Exclusive. They embarked on their final ever tour in 2019 under the appropriately named END OF THE ROADand known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS have proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock’n’roll, and one of the best headliners Donington has ever seen. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, 2020 was due to be their final ever Download appearance, but due to COVID-19 they’ll be bringing their spellbinding show to the hallowed grounds in 2021 instead.

Also headlining Download Festival 2020 will be SYSTEM OF A DOWN, also in a UK Exclusive. With just five studio albums, the Californian/Armenian band have earned themselves a worldwide following, never failing to put on a mind-blowing performance.

System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian says: “We’re disappointed we weren’t able to make it over this year, but we’re looking forward to next.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder.  Mostly, we all just want to make sure everyone is provided with a safe and secure environment, so we were prepared to wait as long as we needed to.”

Returning to Donington after their fantastic headline set in 2017 are Scottish rock titans Biffy Clyro, who will headline the festival once again in 2021. With the band set to release their ninth studio album, A Celebration Of Endings, this month, the trio will be keen to show off new tracks as well as some of their most well-known hits, including ‘The Captain’, ‘Mountains’ and ‘Many Of Horror’.

In addition to the brilliant acts who have continued over from 2020, Download are delighted to announce several new additions to the line up, along with Biffy Clyro, including the mighty Steel Panther, pop punk kings A Day To Remember, the mysterious Creeper, who have recently returned from hiatus, punk legends Rise Against, internet sensation Poppy, and many more.

Returning to Donington in 2021 are Deftones. Since their inception, the multi-platinum, Grammy-Winning alternative rock band from Sacramento have released seven albums and sold over 10 million albums worldwide which include fan-favourite tracks ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’, ‘Change (House Of Flies)’, and ‘Swerve City’.

Biffy Clyro said: “We can’t wait to return to headline Download in 2021! It’s a highlight of the festival calendar and a big part of our history as a band. Headlining in 2017 was special and now it’s time to celebrate again! Fuck on!”

With 13 albums behind them already, KORN will be back too. The two-time Grammy Award winning band have toured the world countless times and have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

Also returning are the one and only The Darkness, LA punk rockers The Distillers, Hollywood favourites Black Veil Brides, Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm, Maryland death metallers Dying Fetus, metalcore heroes Killswitch Engage, Brazilian heavy metallers Sepultura, Welsh icons Funeral For A Friend in their last ever festival appearance, and many more.

2021 Lineup

KISS
Biffy Clyro
System Of A Down A.A. Williams
A Day To Remember
Airbourne
Alestorm
Anchor Lane
Baroness
Blackout Problems
Black Veil Brides
Bleed From Within
Blues Pills
Bokassa
Bush
Cellar Door Moon Crow
Cemetery Sun
Control The Storm
Creeper
Daughtry
Dead Label
Dead Posey
Deftones
Dirty Honey
Dying Fetus
Electric Wizard
Employed To Serve
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Funeral For A Friend
Gender Roles
Gojira
Haken
Hatari
Higher Power
Holding Absence
Hot Milk
Killswitch Engage
Kill The Lights
KORN
Jamie Lenman
JJ Wilde
Joyous Wolf
Lacuna Coil
Loathe
Lotus Eater
Marianas Trench
Mastodon
Modern Error
Myles Kennedy & Company
Obituary
Of Mice & Men
Phoxjaw
P.O.D.
Poppy
Powerwolf
Press Club
Rise Against
Sepultura
Skillet
Sleep Token
Spiritbox
Steel Panther
Stone Broken
Temples On Mars
Tempt
Theory 
The Darkness
The Distillers
The Faim
The Hara
The Pretty Reckless
The Wildhearts
Those Damn Crows
Tiny Moving Parts
Twin Temple
Volbeat
Wage War
Wargasm
Wayward Sons
Will Haven

Creamfields 2021 lineup expands

Creamfields continues to tease fans as they’ve just unleashed more names for their 2021 edition, new additions include Pendulum – TRINITY, Chase & Status (DJ Set),  Oliver Heldens, Sven Väth, Pete Tong, Vini Vici, Michael Bibi, Kölsch, W&W, Sub Focus (DJ Set), Jax Jones, Gorgon City, Gareth Emery, Claptone, Sigma, Hybrid Minds, Holy Goof, Enrico Sangiuliano, Cristoph, Jonas Blue, SASASAS, Dimension, Cosmic Gate, Bassjackers, Franky Wah, Low Steppa, Brennan Heart, Kutski, Friction, Chris Lorenzo, Mason Collective, Eli Brown, Leftwing:Kody, Offaiah, Notion, La Fleur, James Organ and SOSA.

As one of the most anticipated festivals of any year, this latest onslaught join previously announced heavyweights Above & Beyond, Adam Beyer, ANNA, Andy C, Ben Nicky, Boris Brejcha, Carl Cox, Darren Styles, deadmau5, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Disciples, Eric Prydz HOLOSPHERE, Example, Fisher, Hannah Wants, Hot Since 82, KC Lights, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, MK, My Nu Leng, Nightlapse, Paul Woolford, Peggy Gou, Scooter, Tchami, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet and Yousef.

Exit Festival announce first acts for 2021

Tyga

From 8th till 11th July 2021 EXIT will once again welcome people from over 100 countries to gather at one of the biggest medieval fortresses in Europe, set high on the banks of the river Danube in Novi Sad, Serbia.

First headliners that are revealed include one of the most influential music producers and Grammy awarded artist David Guetta, two-time leader of “Billboard’s” singles list and one of the biggest hip hop acts Tyga and DJ Snake, the author of many popular global hits and winner of two Billboard awards. A special moment is left for the finale end when one of world’s most in demand DJs Eric Prydz and the acclaimed electronic artist Four Tet will join forces for a special b2b set to create one of the most iconic closing performances at the spectacular mts Dance arena stage. Exit’s 20th anniversary simply couldn’t pass without the powerful Sepultura, a legendary metal band with fourteen albums and some of the riffs which have left a mark on rock music in general. After last year’s magnificent performance, Dax J is set to bring the flame of techno in a furious b2b with Kobosil. The line up will also feature the new generation of EXIT stars including german DJ and producer Boris Brejcha, indie heroes Metronomy, Grammy Award winner for lifetime achievement and live punk icon Marky Ramone, swedish rock sensation Thundermother, Denis Sulta, and leading regional music artist such as Laibach, Marko Nastić, Goblini, Massimo, Coeus, Kristijan Molnar b2b After Affair, Lag, Layzie, Runy, Space Motion. These are just the first round of confirmed acts, many new names and surprises will be announced soon.

David Guetta

UK Festivals STILL happening in 2020

Secret Garden Party 2014 Paul Taylor

Usually by this time of year, some of us have already had the pleasure to hit one of the many festivals on offer in the United Kingdom, however COVID-19 changed that completely as the music festival industry was forced to shut down in order to comply with government restrictions and keep people healthy and safe.

As restrictions have slowed started to lift, there is some light at the end of the tunnel however as some music festivals have announced they will be going ahead in 2020.

Check out the list here of music festivals in the UK that will be going ahead!

Red Rooster Festival

Red Rooster Festival

Where: Euston Hall estate in Suffolk
When: Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th September 2020
What: Red Rooster will be one of only a handful festivals to take place in 2020. Set amongst 10,000 acres of stunning parklands & pleasure grounds at Euston Hall estate in Suffolk the 7th edition of the 5,000-capacity festival will proceed with appropriate social distancing. The UK’s premier roots festival will now have three outdoor stages celebrating the best in Cajun, Soul, Rock n Roll, Blues and Country.
More Info: Red Rooster

We will continue to update this page as we learn of which festivals will go ahead.

Summer Encore Festival featuring Queen, Pink Floyd, Amy Winehouse and more!

Summer Encore Festival

Across the three-week online festival, viewers will be able to soak up the sun at Rock in Rio, experience the breath-taking energy of Wembley Stadium, transport themselves back in time to the iconic and electrifying mother of all festivals, Woodstock, travel across the channel to join the crowds at France’s biggest festival Eurockéennes, plus many more, all from their living room. 
 
Each week, the Summer Encore Festival programme will give free access to some of the most memorable concerts and festival performances of all time, from Amy Winehouse’s stunning set at Eurockéennes de Belfort in 2007 to Coldplay’s eye-popping and confetti-filled show at La Cigale in 2012, as well as spectacular shows from The CureEllie GouldingThe LumineersRoyal Blood,  Michael KiwanukaBeck and many more.
 
Festival goers and music lovers will be able to access even more jaw-dropping concerts with the Summer Encore Festival ALL ACCESS pass. Experience the pure magic of Queen’s legendary Wembley Stadium show, Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney’s iconic sets at Live at Knebworth in 1990, Janis Joplin’s renowned Woodstock performance, plus concerts by Wu-Tang ClanThe KillersSam SmithGreen DayBob MarleyThe Who and many more.

Get access here: www.rsvp.stingray.com/encore

QELLO CONCERTS SUMMER ENCORE FESTIVAL – FULL LINE UP:

WEEK 1: 29 JULY – 4 AUGUST
QUEEN                                    LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM
PINK FLOYD                            LIVE AT KNEBWORTH 1990 – VOLUME III
SHAKIRA                                 LIVE FROM PARIS
WU-TANG CLAN                     LIVE IN MONTREUX
MUMFORD & SONS               THE ROAD TO RED ROCKS
ELLIE GOULDING                   LIVE AT MAIN SQUARE 2016*
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS                VINA DEL MAR 2000*
THE LUMINEERS                     LIVE AT MUSILAC 2017*
ROYAL BLOOD                        EUROCKEENNESS 2017*
GREGORY PORTER                NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2012*

WEEK 2: 5 AUGUST – 11 AUGUST
THE ROLLING STONES          SWEET SUMMER SUN: HYDE PARK LIVE
PAUL McCARTNEY                 LIVE AT KNEBWORTH 1990 – VOLUME 1
JANIS JOPLIN                          50th ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL: THE WOODSTOCK DIARIES
SHERYL CROW                      MILES FROM MEMPHIS LIVE AT THE PANTAGES THEATRE
THE KILLERS                           LIVE AT V FESTIVAL 2014
COLDPLAY                              LIVE AT CIGALE 2012*
TOTO                                       VINA DEL MAR 2004*
BECK                                       LIVE AT LES EUROCKEENNES FESTIVAL 2016*
JACK JOHNSON                    MAIN SQUARE 2014*
INXS                                          VINA DEL MAR 2003*

WEEK 3: 12 AUGUST – 18 AUGUST
CARLOS SANTANA                GREATEST HITS: LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011
KATY PERRY                            LIVE AT ROCK IN RIO BRAZIL 2015
THE WHO                                LIVE AT HYDE PARK
BOB MARLEY AND THE      LIVE IN CONCERT
WAILERS
SAM SMITH                             LIVE AT V FESTIVAL 2014
GREEN DAY                            BULLET IN A BIBLE
AMY WINEHOUSE                LIVE AT EUROCKEENNES DE BELFORT 2007*
THE CURE                               TOURNEE 2012 AUX EUROCKEENNES DE BELFORT*
MICHAEL KIWANUKA          LIVE: GAROROCK FESTIVAL 2017*
DAMIAN MARLEY                  EUROCK 15*
OF MONSTERS AND MEN   MAIN SQUARE FESTIVAL 2013*