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

First phase of Red Rooster Festival 2015 announced

Set in the idyllic private grounds of Euston Hall, designed by Capability Brown and William Kent, 2015 sees the welcome return of Red Rooster. Inspired by the sounds and aromas of America’s Deep South, Suffolk’s R&B, Blues and Americana festival is returning on 5th-7th June.

Announcing the first wave of acts before the Christmas break, Red Rooster is pleased to confirm one of modern day blues most renowned acts, CW Stoneking. The illusive CW Stoneking’s appearance at Red Rooster will be one of the first announcements of a UK show since 2011, his last one being to a sold out audience at London venue Koko.

CW Stoneking has also just released his first album in six years, “Gon’ Boogaloo,”  to much critical acclaim. Joining CW Stoneking in this first announcement will be favourites Son of Dave, Dollar Bill, The Rumble, and The Thinking Men.

Food and drink at Red Rooster is a major part of the event; what Deep South inspired event wouldn’t be?? Joining the bands will be some of top UK street food traders, including “The Orange Buffalo” (Voted No.1 Wings in London), “Colonel Tom’s Gumbo”, “The Mac Factory”, Norwich local smokers “The Harbecue” and chilli specialists Soul and Pepper.

Drinks are provided by one of the UK’s finest bar suppliers, Soulshakers – a team who specialises in southern hospitality. Think Alabama Ice Teas, Louisiana Jam’s, Sazerac’s and Hillbilly Moonshine’s – Red Rooster DOES NOT provide tasteless beer and low quality spirits!

The Red Rooster Festival returns to a new venue

The beautiful grounds of Euston Hall, Suffolk will be the location for the new Red Rooster festival, which takes place on Saturday 7th June, partnering with the long-established Rural Pastimes event on Sunday 8th June. How versatile – the offer of two different festival experiences packed into one weekend! 

Embracing the sounds and lifestyle of the American Deep South, Red Rooster aims to become the premier boutique festival for Rhythm and Blues, Americana, Soul, Roots and Country music.

This year the hooch will flow to the sounds of our friends:

The Jim Jones Revue

Big Boy Bloater, Miraculous Mule,

 CC Smugglers, Scoundrels, Danni Nicholls, Pearl TN

 and a host of good ol’ boys and girls.

There ain't no cooking in the world like the cooking in the South and the food at Red Rooster is as Southern as a Mississippi magnolia tree. We love a good ol’ rack of ribs soaked in Bourbon, spinning our girls round dancing, listening to a man sing his heart out on a guitar made out of an old cigar box. 

It’s a long way from Suffolk to enjoy the sounds and smells of the Deep South, so we thought, why not, let’s try and recreate it in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. 

It’s early days, but we hope you will join us at the campfire by the swamp and grow with us on our little adventure.

And, having filled your cowboy boots with fantastic music on the Saturday, you can stroll off to camp beneath the stars, and, next day fresh as a daisy, awaken to the wonderful world of Rural Pastimes and all the fun of a country fair weekend.

Rural Pastimes

The East of England’s leading countryside family event, Euston Rural Pastimes returns for its 23rd year to the picturesque surroundings of Euston Park by the kind permission of Duke Harry Grafton. 2014 will be the event’s biggest year to date with thousands expected to visit and enjoy the huge number of attractions on offer and help raise money for good causes in the process.

This year’s’ event features The Knights of the Damned jousting display, the death defying air displays of Wildcat Aeronautics, two main rings that will delight animal lovers with The Heavy Horse Show, sheepdog trials, terrier racing, a petting area and more. Motor enthusiasts will find hours of fun at the vintage and classic car display featuring over 300 pristine cars from years gone by alongside motorcycles, tractors and engines. The prestigious flower festival also returns along with Morris Dancers and more live music. The idyllic surroundings of Euston Hall will also feature acres of craft and food stalls.

Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins to play first UK show at Red Rooster Festival

Red Rooster is delighted to announce an exclusive UK Festival performance from the mutli-award-winning blues legend Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins. At the age of 74, she has in six decades of performing, never played in the UK.

Saying that Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins is simply a guitar player is like saying a tiger is a house cat. Fearless, ferocious and phenomenal, Beverly Guitar Watkins repeatedly proves she is anything but domesticated. As a teen, Watkins teamed up with the legendary Piano Red and has rocked venues with the best of them for 5 decades, including artists such as James Brown, B.B. King and Ray Charles to name a few. In 1998, with Koko Taylor and Rory Block, Ms. Watkins was part of the all-star Women of the Blues “Hot Mamas” tour.

Also just announced is the incredibly talented young trouboudar Jamie N Commons. Born in Bristol Commons moved to Chicago at the tender age of six with his family and it was there that he developed his deep love of American music. Having spent the last few months in LA recording his new EP (due for release on May 6), Commons is already picking up many high profile supporters including US rapper Eminem who has sampled his voice for upcoming single. Other additions include Dublin-based brothers Hudson Taylor, The Riptide Movement, St Paul and The Broken Bones and Jesse Dee.

The beautiful grounds of Euston Hall, Suffolk will be the location for the new and exciting Red Rooster festival, which launches this September 13-15th.

Embracing the sounds and lifestyle of the American Deep South, Red Rooster aims to become the premier boutique festival for Rhythm and Blues,Americana, Soul, Roots and Country music.

Gates will open on the afternoon of the 13th September and finish in the early hours of the morning of the 15th September.

BBC 6 Music DJ, Cerys Matthews is happy to see a new roots and blues festival:

"Through my BBC 6Music radio show I'm really aware of an ever increasing audience for roots and blues music. The UK doesn't have an equivalent of the legendary New Orleans or Newport Jazz Festivals; this being music made to be performed live, the idea of a real Rhythm and Blues Festival such as Red Rooster will create a great excitement, with both audience and live acts queuing up to be there "