Top Music Festivals Making a Comeback In 2021
After a year-long drought of music festivals, lineups for 2021 are coming out stacked with top artists eager to put on a live show once again. Thanks to an increase in vaccine distribution and a lowering of COVID-19 cases, we may be experiencing a festival year quite different from the last (or unlike any prior ones, for that matter)!
Although our list of expected festivals is filled with notable names, many of the highly anticipated festivals will, unfortunately, go quiet for another year.
We’ll be keeping track of all of 2021’s most anticipated festivals and will be updating their statuses accordingly. Let’s take a look at which ones to expect and which ones to write off for another year:
Austin City Limits Music Festival
ACL is back. After a quiet year for the Texas capital, ACL organizers have announced the weekends of October 1-3 and 8-10 as the festival’s official dates. Considering that last year’s festival was turned into a virtual event, 2020 ticket holders qualify for this year’s tickets at 2019 prices after ticket prices rose from $250 to $280.
The 2021 ACL lineup has not been confirmed yet, but you can sign up to the ACL e-List for updates on any new information or announcements. No information has been released on what safety measures will be in place yet.
2021 will also see the return of ILLfest to Austin. Any ticket purchased for last year’s event will be honored for the new September 17-18 dates. According to the event’s Instagram, refunds were offered last year and no further action is required for last year’s ticket holders as their entrance passes will be automatically applied for this year.
Elements Music and Arts Festival
The Elements Music and Arts Festival is being planned with the public’s safety at top priority. It has been reported that representatives will require concert-goers to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test to be permitted entrance. Specifics of this new rule can be found on the Elements website. Last year’s In My Elements: Fall Edition retreat was especially successful despite taking place amid the global pandemic, so Element’s organizers have some viable experience in hosting a festival amid a pandemic
Elements will take place on September 3-6 in Lakewood, Pennsylvania. The 2021 lineup has been officially released and has become one of this year’s most talked-about.
III Points Music Festival
Another lineup that’s been making headlines this year is that of the III Points Music Festival. With notable names like The Strokes, Wu-Tang Clan, and Kaytranada, Miami is heating up for a big show! Although no details surrounding safety measures have been released, organizers did postpone the dates to later this year in hopes of diminishing the spread of the virus. III Points will be taking place in an indoor venue, and (according to its FAQ page) the festival will go on as long as restrictions have been lifted.
Miami, Florida will be hosting the III Points Festival on October 22-23.
EDC Las Vegas
Electric Daisy Carnival or EDC: Las Vegas is among this year’s highly anticipated events. The festival is currently sold out, but you can join the waitlist for all experience passes. Las Vegas officials are working to ensure the event goes through as planned, and it has been confirmed that EDC will be postponed from the original May dates to October 22-24. EDC’s lineup is yet to be released.
If you bought tickets for the May event, you can use those to attend the new dates. If you can’t make the new October dates, you can submit a refund request here.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2021
Bonnaroo will be taking place on September 2-5 in Manchester, Tennessee. The lineup has just been announced and it could not look more exciting. Expect a weekend of partying with artists like Tame Impala, Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion. You can sign up to Bonnaroo’s email list and be one of the first to hear about extra updates and more.
Aside from enforcing masks, organizers are ensuring social distancing by selling tickets in bundles of four and providing seating pods.
Life Is Beautiful
Downtown Vegas will be lighting up this fall with Life Is Beautiful. Tickets are officially sold out, but if you’re feeling lucky RSVP for a chance at single-day tickets. LIB has one of the most exciting lineups yet. Among the headliners are Billie Eilish, Green Day, Tame Impala, and A$AP Rocky. Check out the full lineup and get ready for a trip to Vegas.
The event will run September 17-19. Organizers have announced that they will be following the city’s protocols and regulations to ensure the safety of concert-goers.
Rolling Loud Miami
If you purchased tickets for last year’s Rolling Loud, your tickets will be honored for this year’s dates. Since a high number of 2020 ticket purchasers are expected to hold on to their tickets, only a limited number of tickets were available for purchase. The official dates are now July 23-25 in Miami, Florida and the lineup looks to mirror that of last year’s due to its cancellation.
No official statement has been released concerning the safety regulations that will be implemented for Rolling Loud yet.
Like many other events, Tomorrowland 2020 tickets are valid for the 2021 event. This two-weekend long festival is due to take place in Belgium on the last weekend of August and the first weekend of September, although organizers have warned there’s a chance it could be pushed to 2022. The festival is working closely with the city’s officials regarding safety precautions around public events.
Mad Cool Festival
Although Barcelona's Primavera Music Festival was recently canceled, Madrid is set to host Mad Cool Music Festival this summer. Unlike other festivals on the list, Mad Cool will not allow 2020 tickets to be used for this year’s show. More details on the lineup and safety precautions are expected nearing the official dates.
The festival is scheduled for July 7-10 with 13 more artists yet to be announced. Sign up for their email subscription to stay in the loop.
Isle Of Wight Festival
Despite Spain being ready for a summer full of music and festivity, the UK has decided to move its Isle Of Wight Festival from the original June dates to September 16-19. This decision allows for the easing of coronavirus restrictions and better chances of a successful festival. The lineup is full of talented musicians like Duran Duran, Liam Gallagher, and David Guetta. Organizers have expressed the possibility of additional headliners being announced in the months to come.
Which music festivals have been cancelled?
Although there are plenty of festivals around the world confirmed as going ahead, plenty of others are waiting for government officials to lift limitations. Alas, many more have been confirmed as canceled until further notice.
The list of canceled events include:
We start the second half of the list with one of music’s biggest annual events, Coachella. This will mark the second consecutive year without the Californian festival. After the official date was pushed back several times, officials finally decided to postpone the event into the next pandemic-free year.
We’ll be on the lookout for updates on what is next for Coachella.
Britain has also seen a couple of fan favorites cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. Glastonbury comes head to head with Coachella in terms of popularity. Unfortunately, this year will see neither of them. With over 200,000 attendees expected, it seems almost impossible to enforce any of the safety regulations put in place by the British government.
Any ticket purchases will automatically roll over to the next available date. However, if you’d like a refund you have until December 31, 2021 to submit the refund form.
Read the full statement here.
Earlier last year, the Houston Rodeo was cut short due to the city being one of the first in the state of Texas to confirm positive COVID-19 cases. The concert’s organizers received backlash for hosting the event for over a week in March 2020. This year’s event is looking to be outright canceled, however. Following last year’s statement, the rodeo will be canceled for 2021 in order to maintain the safety of attendees.
Here’s their statement.
Unfortunately for Barcelona, Primavera Sound will not follow through with its July 2021 dates. The multi-genre festival had initially pushed its 2020 lineup up to 2021, but we will now expect both lineup and tickets to carry into 2022.
An important addition is the introduction of a hybrid program to Primavera Pro. Primavera Pro will feature both virtual and in-person events in preparation for its 2022 dates. Read more about it on their official website.
Miami is already gearing up for Ultra’s 2022 comeback next March 25-27. However, this might change as Ultra is under hot water for refusing refunds for both 2020 and 2021 ticket holders. Ultra’s parent company, Event Entertainment Group, is being hit by a class-action lawsuit following the controversy. This situation is still ongoing, so we’ll keep you posted with any news.