Festivals in August including Reading, Green Man and Creamfields and what to expect

Many are looking forward to a summer of music after festivals were canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And while a handful of 2021 events have been moved to online-only, postponed, or canceled altogether, some festivals are still going ahead.

Earlier this month it was announced that Wales’ biggest music event, Green Man, would take place after the Welsh Government confirmed the lockdown was easing. Shortly after Welsh singer Charlotte Church confirmed she would be performing, you can find out more here.

Everyone present must have had two pricks or a negative lateral flow test.

Here’s what’s happening in August 2021 as things start to look up.



Festivals in August from Reading to Greenman and what to expect

Boardmasters, August 11-15

Or: Newquay, Cornwall

Which: Foals, Gorillaz, Jorja Smith

“Looks like you’re as excited as we are – Boardmasters 2021 day camping ET tickets are now completely SOLD OUT! Headliners @foals @gorillaz & @JorjaSmith,” the organizers posted on Twitter.

“PLUS a host of others will join you on ten stages on the Cornish coast.”

It’s a big comeback for the festival, which had to cancel its 2019 edition because of the storms and that of 2020 because of the Covid-19. 2019 tickets will still be valid for this year’s festival.

Bloodstock, August 11-15

Or: Catton Park, Derbyshire

Which: Judas Priest, Kreator, Devin Townsend, Skindred

It’s the 20th anniversary of one of the UK’s biggest metal festivals and this year it has been extended to five days to compensate for its cancellation in 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Green Man, August 19-22



The Green Man festival will take place this year

Or: Brecon Tags

Which: Little Dragon, Caribou, Mogwai, Fountains DC

The event is back after being canceled last year.

In a social media announcement, organizers said: “Green Man is GO! We’re thrilled to finally be able to say we can move forward in August.”

All persons over the age of 16 present will be required to show that they have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine or have had a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours of arrival. The NHS Covid Pass will serve as proof.

The statement added: “This decision has not been taken lightly and has been taken following Wednesday’s announcement by the Welsh Premier, and after extensive consultation with the Welsh Government and the County Council of Powys.” You can find out more here.

Creamfields Festival, August 26-29



Creamfields will take place in 2021

Or: Daresbury, Cheshire

Which: Deadmau5, Afrojack, Basement Jaxx, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Tiesto, Biceps, Martin Garrix, Chase & Status

The UK’s biggest dance music festival returns to Daresbury over the August 2021 bank holiday weekend. Tickets sold out in record time when they went on sale in February.

Billed as “the party of the summer”, the award-winning festival features music from some of the world’s biggest DJs and dance music artists.

In order to access Creamfields, all ticket holders will need to demonstrate their Covid-19 status. You can find out more on the website.

Reading and Leeds Festival, August 27-29

Or: Little John’s Farm, Reading; Bramham Park, Leeds

Which: Stormzy, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Post Malone, Disclosure, Liam Gallagher and Queens of the Stone Age

“Following the government’s recent announcement, we look forward to returning to the grounds this summer Party popper LET’S GO Clinking beer mugs #RandL21,” the official Reading and Leeds Festival Twitter account shared.

Reading and Leeds Festival will ask all ticket holders aged 11 and over to demonstrate their COVID-19 status before entering the festival, BerkshireLive reports.

Victorious Festival, August 27-29

Or: Southsea, Portsmouth

Which: Madness, The Streets, Royal Blood

Like many other events taking place this summer, Victorious asks all ticket holders aged 18 and over to demonstrate their Covid-19 status when entering the festival. You can find out about the different ways to do this on their website.

“We want to provide an amazing experience for our festival community, which is why we will closely follow government guidelines to ensure Covid-19 standards are met and we are working with local authorities to ensure the event has have procedures in place to reduce the risk of Covid -19. We will have additional security and facilities throughout the venue to ensure a great event for both our festival goers and the local community.”

All Points East, August 27-30

Or: London

Who: London Grammar, Jorja Smith, Jamie XX, Kano, Poulains, Bombay Bicycle Club, Field Day

One of London’s biggest festivals has the green light after being rescheduled, reports The Mirror.

The music event is set to take place in Victoria Park over a weekend.

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Jan G. Gilbert