Are you ready for summer? Here are five Southern festivals to look out for this year

Sian Hacketton 8 March 2021
Are you ready for summer? Here are five Southern festivals to look out for this year

Festival season is almost upon us, and after this year it can't come soon enough! Here are five dates to pencil into your calendar if you live in the South of England.

The numerous lockdowns over the past year have been stressful, exhausting, and just plain boring. Last year, we saw our summer plans get cancelled left right and centre. With the roadmap to recovery looking promising, 2021 is already looking up; festivals are announcing that they will be going ahead this summer.

We hope you’re as excited as we are. In case you are, here’s a selection of some of the best festivals in England that are back on the cards this year:

1. Reading Festival

Reading falls on the August Bank Holiday weekend, meaning there’s a solid chance of sunshine. But, like all English festivals, there’s still a possibility you will be living in a swamp for a few days. 

The music at Reading is varied, but they generally gear their lineup towards a mainstream audience. Some of the artists on the lineup this year are Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and Catfish, and The Bottlemen.

If you’re from up North, don’t worry; the same artists will play at the Leeds Festival on the same weekend, just in a different order!

Sunset at Reading Festival 2017

2. South West Four

Taking place in Clapham Common on the same weekend as Leeds, this festival has featured big names such as The Prodigy, Craig David, and Chase and Status in the past. It’s perfect for anyone who’s missing the club.

They’ve announced that the festival will hopefully go ahead this year, so look out for the lineup announcement soon. 

3. Boardmasters

If you want a festival that is right on the beach, then this is the one for you. The festival in sunny Newquay combines music, surfing and skateboarding.

Boardmasters have announced that the festival will go-ahead from the 11-15th of August this year. Past music acts include Bastille, The Two Door Cinema Club and Dizzee Rascal.

4. Slam Dunk

If you’re more into alternative bands and genres such as grunge, rock, and punk, then this is the festival for you. Slam Dunk have previously featured headliners such as Panic at the Disco, All Time Low, Good Charlotte, and You, Me at Six.

It’s taking place in Leeds on September 4th, before moving down to Hatfield on the 5th, so grab the tickets while they last!

Local festivals

Whether you’ll be living at home with your parents or staying at university this summer, there are sure to be some great local festivals on offer. You’d be surprised at the lineups your small-town festivals can attract; for example, Scouting for Girls performed in my town a couple of years ago!

If you’re living in a university town or city this summer, there will probably be  bigger events. Brighton, for example, has Boundary, which is a Drum ‘n’ Bass festival taking place on the 25th of September. Have a look, and I’m sure there will be something near you; the best thing about local day festivals is that you don’t have to camp!

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Sian Hacketton 8 March 2021