Friday, August 07, 2020

Rescheduled Gigs to Look Forward to in 2021

As the music industry crawls back onto its feet after the damaging repercussions of the Covid-19 outbreak, and social distanced gigs become the new norm, it is more important than ever to support your favourite bands. You can do this by streaming music and buying tickets to events, even if they are next year!

Aside from major festivals such as the fiftieth year of Glastonbury being delayed a year, there is a multitude of small-scale festivals to look forward to:

Manchester psych fest

When? Saturday 4 th of September 2021, 2pm – 4am

This Mancunian festival is spread across 5 stages at 3 venues across the city (The Ritz, YES and Gorilla) and boasts a huge line up for the festival’s scale! Headliners include Stereolab and Girl Band who vaunt differing elements of the psychedelic community.

If you are not already a fan of psychedelic music, here is three top tracks to get you excited and convince you to support this event: Mass Riff (Stereolab), Why they hide their bodies under my garage (Girl Band), Chamber (Scalping).


When? 22 nd to 25 th July 2021

Where? Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

This family friendly festival amalgamates the wonders of both science and music in the grounds of the world-famous radio observatory. Musical headliners for the weekend are Metronomy, Groove Armada and Björk; however, the event also boasts live science experiments, immersive art exhibitions and talks from scientists – including Tim Peak. This is the ideal choice for a weekend of culture, music and handcrafted international foods.

Here’s three songs to get you excited for Bluedot: Salted Caramel Ice Cream (Metronomy), Narcissus (Róisín Murphy) and Brean Down (Beak>).

Neighbourhood weekender

When? 29 th -30 th May 2021

Where? Victoria Park Warrington

If you are a fan of more mainstream indie music, the Neighbourhood Weekender will float your boat more, with headliners Catfish and the Bottlemen and Ian Brown. This relatively new festival doesn’t offer camping, but in replacement, it offers huge names and emerging new talent from the North West area.

Songs to get you excited for Neighbourhood Weekender: F.E.A.R (Ian Brown), Reinvent (Phoebe Green) and Feeling Fades (The Murder Capital).

Focus wales

When? 7 th – 9 th October 2021

Where? Wrexham

This showcase of emerging welsh talent is a multivenue international festival taking place in the heart of Wrexham. The event exhibits over 250 acts across 20 stages with names including Gruff Rhys, Lucy Spraggan, Richard Hawley and the Joy Formidable. Aside from traditional gigs, Focus Wales hosts conferences, discussions and panels with experts from across the music industry, along with a celebration of welsh arts and films.

Here’s three songs to convince you to support Focus Wales: Pang! (Gruff Rhys, Mazi), What Natures Gives…natures Takes (The Membranes) and Spielberg Sweethearts (The Zangwills).

Primavera Sounds

When? 2 nd to 6 th June 2021

Where? Parc del Forum, Barcelona

Fancy a festival away from that great British mud? Primavera sounds is an eclectic music festival blending genres under the sun of Barcelona. This weekend hosts huge headliners including The Strokes, Massive Attack, Tame Impala and Gorillaz, and is a place for fans of traditional rock, indie, dance and electronic music.

Songs to get you excited for Primavera Sounds: Aries (Gorillaz), Rebel Girl (Bikini Kill), Tasteless (Shame) and One life, might live in (Little Simz).

If the grime and lack of sleep of festivals isn’t majorly appealing to you, there is still some major gigs lined up for 2021 (meaning you can still tuck up in your own bed after). These names include:

New order

The 80s rock band formed from the demise of former group Joy Division, are offering only one UK tour date next year in the O2 London on the 6 th of November. As if a singular date was not enough pressure, this a gig not one to miss.

Top tracks include: Tutti Frutti, Krafty, Fine Time and Academic.

Fontaines DC

This swift rising Irish formed post punk band have forced their way into the public eye over the past two years with an insane debut album ‘Dogrel’ and follow up ‘A hero’s death’ and increasing airtime on Radio 6 music. As they become more recognised, they are certainly ones to watch, this tour could be the one of the last times to catch them in such small venues.

Top tracks include: Liberty Belle, Boys in the Better Land and a Lucid Dream.

Holy fuck

This Canadian electronica band utilises unconventional music production methods, such as toy keyboards and phaser guns to produce their surreal style. Complimented by their psychedelic graphics, Holy Fuck’s gigs are a real spectacle.

Top tracks include: Luxe, House of Glass and Tom Tom.


If you are not familiar with this London based post-punk band, you ought to be. For fans of fat white family, this eccentric band is not only musically talented but addictively entertaining.

Top tracks include: I got friends, Midnight Dipper and Big Wilma.


- Mollie German



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