Whilst Experience helped Wireless Festival move online this year (which you can read about here) and the likes of Glastonbury were cancelled… UK festivals are determined to go ahead in 2021!
So this week, Reading and Leeds Festivals announced they will be back in 2021 with SIX headliners split across TWO main stages in each site! The double festival event, which usually sees acts rotate between Reading and Leeds, had been due to happen last weekend but was called off… for obvious reasons.
Now 2021’s headliners will be Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Disclosure and Queens Of The Stone Age, entertaining the 200,000 fans that are expected at next year’s events.
The event, regarded by many live music fans as second only to Glastonbury in the annual UK music calendar, was set to welcome rapper Stormzy and former Oasis frontman Gallagher last week as headliners… but organisers were able to retain both British superstars for next year’s more ambitious events.
The twin festivals will still take place at their usual venues – Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds, but with an update to the layout making next year’s events almost a certainty.
So it would seem that in order to return to normal, we have to do what we do best… and that’s create solutions. So whilst Reading & Leeds have 4 main stages… our events will need to reconsider how our events are setup in order to welcome guests back. There are no normal layouts anymore, no expectations, no step-and-repeat. It is possible to return, we just have to put pen to paper and work out what that looks like.