Sick of the quarantine? Thinking when the world will open up for concerts and festivals? A great way you can spend this free time is by creating a bucket list for all the upcoming festivals you need to attend once the lockdown is lifted:
Rewind is a must-attend festival for all those looking for a weekend getaway, and many were looking forward to attending it in July this year. In case you haven’t attended Rewind before, it’s your average festival with artists invited to perform, but it has a great history behind it. Dating back to the 1950s, it started from a single setting in Oxfordshire and is now held in three venues due to its popularity. It celebrates 80s music and invites the same artists/bands every year, including Kim Wilde, Rick Astley, Heaven 17, and many more.
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, Rewind updated their website with a notice stating that it was not possible to reschedule the event this year at all, but the good news is that they already announced the dates for next year! Rewind Scotland will now be held on 23-25th July; Rewind North will be held on 6-8th August, and Rewind South will be held on 20-22th August, 20201. Tickets are available at ￡232 per person with unrestricted access for the entire weekend. You can find tickets here and expect sellers to contact you within seven days to confirm your purchase.
Godiva has been around since 1997, which was first held as a day-long event and then turned into a 3-day event in the following year. The music festival is held in the War Memorial Park in Coventry annually. But let’s not bore you with the history and dive into the festival’s updates.
Godiva hasn’t had the best luck in recent years. In 2019, the event organizers had to cancel acts due to safety concerns. BBC reported that certain people tried to enter the full tent and caused barriers near the stage to break; thus, creating the potential for injury. The event was scheduled to be held on 3-5 July in 2020 but was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. It was previously reported to be the best free music festival in the UK and only announced charges from 2019 onwards. No dates have been announced for 2021 yet, but keep a lookout for the announcement because if you’re on a tight budget, this is the festival for you. 2020 ticket prices for a 3-day pass were only￡12 for those who availed the early bird discount and cost up to ￡6 for a one-day pass.
Victorius is a fairly new festival, considering that it was launched only a decade back in 2011. It’s held in Portsmouth each year with a great line up of artists owing to its popularity. If you were really looking forward to it, lucky for you, it is scheduled to go ahead as planned starting on 28th August and ending on 31st August 2020. This is, of course, subject to the situation in accordance with the pandemic as authorities are taking it each day as it comes, so there is no certainty as to whether it will be held this year or not. However, if you are optimistic, you can purchase a full weekend camping pass for ￡155. Without camping, it would cost you ￡20 less, and a one-day pass will cost you between ￡40-￡50 depending on which day you go. The early bird tier 1 discount has ended, but you can subscribe to their newsletter and keep a lookout for the early bird discount tier 2 and 3. The lineup includes, among many others, Ian Brown and The Kooks on Friday, The Streets and Manic Street Preachers on Saturday, and Royal Blood on Sunday.
Houghton had the same luck as Godiva as the event was canceled last minute in 2019 due to extreme weather. However, currently, it is still scheduled to take place from 6-9th August if the government allows it. It is a strict 18+ event and provides a one-tier ticket only i.e. no preferential treatment for attendees that are willing to pay extra. This ticket will cost you ￡190 plus a compulsory fee of ￡12.55 for car parking and a vehicle pass. This includes access to all days, showering facilities, a guided art tour, wellbeing classes, and a complimentary festival program. However, it does not include camping, massages, or coach transfers. Resident Advisor is the only official ticket seller so you can get the best prices from them. The artist line up is a long list of sought-after names, which is available on the official website.
The Green Man Festival dates for 2020 are 20-23rd August. It’s been around since 2003 and held in Brecon Beacon, Wales, so it tends to attract a lot of tourists. If you’ve already purchased tickets, you’re in luck. The current lineup includes Little Dragon, Micheal Kiwanuka, Caribou, Mac Demarco, and many others. This is another affordable festival for all the students and millennials out there, but unfortunately, tickets and settler passes for the 2020 festival are officially sold out. However, you can look for resellers or attend it next year because they offer payments in installments, which is great because it won’t create a deep hole in your pockets.