Which small and boutique festivals are going ahead in 2021?

18 April 2021, 20:43 | Updated: 15 June 2021, 18:23

The One In The Woods in Liverpool is among one of the boutique festivals taking place in 2021
The One In The Woods is among the boutique festivals taking place in 2021. Picture: Press/The One In The Woods

By Jenny Mensah

As tickets for large, mainstream festivals sell out fast, here's our rundown of smaller events taking place and how buy tickets.

The Government's roadmap to easing lockdown, which included plans to scrap social distancing by 21 June 2021, led major music festivals such as Reading and Leeds, Parklife and Latitude to confirm their plans this year.

As tickets sell out fast for the biggest events in the British calendar, music lovers are turning towards smaller events to nab a different kind of experience.

Whether you're looking for a one-dayer or going for the full glamping experience, small or boutique festivals are becoming more popular than ever.

So which boutique festivals will be taking place in 2021 and are tickets still available? Get our rundown of some of the events confirmed for this year so far.

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Which small and boutique festivals are going ahead in 2021?

  • SQUARE ONE: 3 July - 15 August
  • The One in the Woods: 21 & 22 August 2021, Liverpool
  • Wonderwood Festival: 24 July 2021, Valiant’s Farm, Preston 
  • On The Beach: 24 & 25 July 2021, Brighton Beach, Brighton
  • Hastings Reggae Festival: 31 July 2021, The Oval, Hastings 
  • DJ Koze's Labyrinth Party - 7 August 2021, Tofte Manor, Sharnbrook
  • Wilderness: 5-8 August 2021, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
  • 5-31 August: South Facing Festival, Crystal Palace Bowl, London
  • Lakefest: 12-15 August 2021 - Eastnor, Hertfordshire
  • RTRN II DANCE: 29 August, Clapham Common, London
  • Red Rooster Festival: 27-29 August 2021, Suffolk
  • Wide Awake: 3 September 2021, Brockwell Park, London
  • Cross The Tracks: 5 September 2021, Brockwell Park, London
  • Highest Point Festival - 3 & 4 September, Williamson Park, Lancaster
  • One Island: 3-5th September 2021, Private Island, Essex
  • ZENfest: 4 September 2021, Kelvedon Hall, Essex
  • Hide & Seek: 4 September 2021, Macclesfield, Cheshire
  • Digbeth Disco Festival: 11 September 2021. Lab11  Birmingham
  • The Cambridge Club Festival 12-14 September 2021, Childerley Orchard, Childerley
  • Cream Classical on the Waterfront: 18th September, Liverpool
  • One Out Festival: 25 September 2021, Surrey
  • The Weekender Festival - 24 & 25 September 2021 , Newnham Park, Plymouth 
  • Project 72: 24 - 26 September 2021, Pontins Camber Sands
  • Playground Festival: 24-26 September, Rouken Glen Park, Glasgow 
  • Terminal V: 30 & 31 October 2021, Edinburgh

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Get a break down of some of the small and boutique events below...

Which small and boutique festivals are going ahead in 2021?

SQUARE ONE: 3 July - 15 August

Manchester's SQUARE ONE opens in July 2021
Manchester's SQUARE ONE opens in July 2021. Picture: Press

The brand new Manchester open-air destination has announced its summer programme with the likes of Dan Shake, Partiboi 69, Luigi Madonna, Hector Oaks and more confirmed. Organisers have yet to give an update on the new lockdown date, but more info is available at squareonemcr.com.

Save the Rave - 31st July, Victoria Park, Southport 

Angie Brown at the Radio Forth Awards 2018
Angie Brown is among the acts set for Save The Rave 2021. Picture: Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns/Getty

Southport’s Victoria Park is being taken over in full all-day day-party style, with everything from Street Food stalls, pop-up prosecco bars, stage performers and huge visuals. The 90s themed festival will be brand-new for 2021 with Living Joy, Angie Brown, Shades of Rhythm and N-Trance among some of the headliners.

5-31 August: South Facing Festival, Crystal Palace Bowl, London

The Streets' Mike Skinner performs at Southside Festival in 2019
The Streets are among the acts at South Facing Festival 2021. Picture: Christoph Schmidt/DPA/PA Images

The debut concert series is set to take place at the Historic Crystal Palace Bowl across August with headliners in The Streets, Dizzee Rascal, Supergrass and Sleaford Mods.

Wilderness: 5-8 August 2021, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

Street style at Wilderness Festival 2019
Wilderness Festival will return in 2021. Picture: Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

The four-day boutique festival in Oxfordshire returns for 2021 with an offering which spans music, the arts, food and wellbeing. The 2021 line-up is yet to be announced, but you can find out everything about the festival so far at wildernessfestival.com.

Lakefest: 12-15 August 2021, Eastnor, Hertfordshire

The festival will see the likes of Tom Jones, Echo & The Bunnymen, Seasick Steve and Razorlight headline.

Red Rooster Festival: 27-29 August 2021, Suffolk

Red Rooster Festival
Red Rooster Festival. Picture: Press

Set among 300 acres of historical private gardens at Euston Hall in Suffolk, this year's Red Rooster Festival sees sets from Richard Hawley, Jade Bird, Songhoy Blues, Little Barrie, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, and more plus DJ sets from David Holmes, Jon More, Ross Allen and others.

Tickets are on sale at www.redrooster.org.uk

Highest Point Festival - 3 & 4 September, Williamson Park, Lancaster

Rag'n'Bone Man
Rag'n'Bone Man will be among the headliners at Highest Point 2021. Picture: Press/Fiona Garden

Highest Point Festival, which takes place in the stunning 54-acre grounds of Williamson Park, will see the likes for Rag’N’Bone Man, Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Becky Hill, Hybrid Minds & The Futureheads take to the stage.

Originally set to take place in May 2020, the festival will now be held on Friday 3 Saturday 4 September 2021.

Tickets are on sale here.

ZENFest: 4 September 2021, Kelvedon Hall, Essex

ZENFest returns for 2021
ZENFest returns for 2021. Picture: Press/ZENFest

ZENFest will return this year to build on its already cultured and boutique experience with a brand new and stunning location in the rolling green landscapes of Essex's Kelvedon Hall. The secret hideaway will see performances from the likes of Richy Ahmed, Anotr and Rossi.

Final release general admission tickets are still available here.

Wide Awake: 3 September 2021, Brockwell Park, London

Idles frontman Joe Talbot in 2019
Idles frontman Joe Talbot in 2019. Picture: SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP via Getty Images

The festival, which will take place in South London's Brockwell Park, will feature IDLES, A Certain Ratio, Dream Wife, Erol Alkan and more.

Tickets are still available. Visit wikeawakelondon.co.uk for more info.

Cross The Tracks: 5 September 2021, Brockwell Park, London

Lianne La Havas will play Cross The Tracks 2021
Lianne La Havas will play Cross The Tracks 2021. Picture: Suhaimi Abdullah/Singapore GP via Getty Images

The likes of Lianne La Havas, The Cinematic Orchestra and En Vogue are set for the day festival, which takes place at London's Brockwell park.

Tickets are now sold out for the event.

Terminal V: 30 & 31 October 2021, Edinburgh

Terminal V in Edinburgh will return in 2021
Terminal V in Edinburgh will return in 2021. Picture: Press/Terminal V

Terminal V: Halloween is set to be a stunning techno spooktacular at the usual home of Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. The line-up includes Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Floorplan, Kornel Kovacs, Robert Hood (LIVE), Solardo, Sven Vath, Fjaak, Tale of Us, The Blessed Madonna, Octo Octa, Honey Dijon, Ben UFO, Avalon Emerson, Helena Hauff, Derrick Carter, Rebuke, Eats Everything, Mike Servito, Moxie, Man Power, Shanti Celeste and more.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit terminalv.co.uk to find out more.

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