The current festival picture

Thankfully for festival fans, various events have managed to take place in 2021 so far. With double vaccination status or proof of negative tests among what’s used as pre-attendance safety net measures, and no major hitches reported, clearly the fate of live music is looking rosy. And in line with that, gigs are back on up and down the UK, too. 

Festivals such as Download (Pilot), Latitude, Get Together and many more have seen successes lately, and there’s even more to come in the summer. Little John’s Farm and Bramham Park will open their gates to Reading & Leeds Festival ticket holders, respectively, come late August, and massive mixed-genre sets will shake the foundations of the bank holiday in the most exciting way. Slam Dunk Festival, Parklife and TRNSMT are also still to go ahead, which promise further good times across Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow. 

Of course, there have been others of differing scales and capacities that have still gone to plan, and a whole heap also remain on the billing for this year. But those that were axed will have to wait until 2022 to welcome moshers and revellers back to the mud. While it’s been a shame that certain events have even had to be streamed online instead, at least there’s been something for people to savour from their sofas, rather than missing out entirely. 

To a point, things will continue to be up in the air, I’m sure. But I’d say there’s comfort in seeing so much opening up.

Yep, another guitar pic. Obviously there’s a distinct lack of festival shots

Please note: This is an opinion piece only, which has been aided by general news sources. Information correct at the date and time of publishing.


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