Here in the UK, restrictions and plans are changing on a seemingly daily basis, so we thought it would be useful to round-up all the latest tour news and festival updates in one handy place. Keep checking back as we’ll be updating this on a regular basis until shows start returning in the, hopefully, not to distant future.
What: Tramlines Festival
Where: Hillsborough Park, Sheffield
When: July 23-25, 2021
Latest Update: Having announced The Streets, Royal Blood, and Richard Ashcroft will headline this year’s weekend along with a tonne of other great acts including Dizzee Rascal, Tom Walker, Blossoms, and Pale Waves, Tramlines organisers have announced their ‘Apply to Play’ scheme which offers a limited number of performance slots across various stages to emerging and undiscovered bands and artists from across the UK. Similar schemes run at previous events have been won by the likes of Blossoms, Fauves, and PJ Francis. If you’re interested, download the application form from here with the deadline for applications being May 27, 2021.
Information: Official Tramlines Website
What: Bloodstock Open Air
Where: Catton Hall, Derbyshire
When: August 11-15, 2021
Latest Update: Continuing ahead with their 2021 reboot, Bloodstock organisers have confirmed that Brit metallers Evil Scarecrow will close out the festival as Sophie Lancaster Stage headliners on the Sunday. The band head up 19 new acts confirmed for this year’s metal weekender, a list which includes Broken Jaw, Colpoclesis, Devilfire, Grey Stag, Hanowar, The Injester, Words That Burn, Ghosts of Atlantis, and Deitus. The nineteen new acts follow on from recent announcements which saw organisers confirm Bleed From Within, Party Cannon, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Raging Speedhorn, Hactivist, and more confirmed for the August metal blowout.
Information: Official Bloodstock Website
What: Slam Dunk 2021
Where: Temple Newsham, Leeds and Hatfield Park, Hatfield
When: September 4, 2021 (Leeds), September 5, 2021 (Hatfield)
Latest Update: Set to be headlined by Sum 41 and Don Broco, Slam Dunk organisers have now confirmed that fast-rising pop-rock trio Waterparks will be joining the bill for the alternative weekender in September. Having rescheduled from it’s originally planned weekend in May, organisers have announced a vast chunk of their line-up which will see NOFX, While She Sleeps, Mayday Parade, We Are The In Crowd, Four Year Strong, A, Static Dress, and Wargasm amongst over 50 acts already confirmed to appear when the festival returns in September.
Information: Official Slam Dunk Website
What: Reading / Leeds Festival
Where: Richfield Avenue (Reading) / Bramham Park (Leeds)
When: August 27-29, 2021
Latest Update: Returning for an August blow-out to sign off the Summer, Reading and Leeds organisers have dropped a list of 90 new names to their bill being headlined by Liam Gallagher, Stormzy and Post Malone. Joining the three huge headliners across multiple stages will be Machine Gun Kelly, Wolf Alice, Slowthai, Wargasm, Gallows, Fever333, Spiritbox, Creeper, and many more.
What: Download Festival
Where: Donington Park, Leicestershire
When: June 10-12, 2022
Latest Update: Having been forced to postpone their 2021 weekend and announced Iron Maiden, Kiss, and Biffy Clyro as headliners for the 2022 bash, the team at Download have confirmed 70+ new acts for the 2022 line-up. Joining the headliners will be Deftones, Korn, Megadeth, Electric Wizard, Sepultura, Funeral For A Friend, Airbourne, Bush, Lacuna Coil and over fifty more rock and metal acts.
Information: Official Download Festival Website
What: Hella Mega Tour featuring Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer
Where: UK / European Tour
When: June 2022
Latest Update: Despite Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong hoping that dates would go ahead in June 2021 as planned, the European leg of the tour has sadly been pushed back to June 2022. There is still no news on whether the planned US stadium dates set for July 2021 will still go ahead.
Information: Official Hella Mega Tour Website