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The Best August Bank Holiday Festivals

Are you looking for things to do this August bank holiday? Well, look no further as we have put together a list of the best festivals going ahead across the weekend this year.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 25th May 2021

This year, bank holiday's are going to be even livelier than ever. So, we are in need of festivals to accommodate our partying urges! Well, in 2021 we are in luck as the August bank holiday has a whole host of events happening up and down the country.  

This year there's a mix of rescheduled events and typical August bank holiday favourites. Names that you can catch this year include Foals, Stormzy, David Guetta, Zara Larsson and more.

If it's indie, pop, dance, trance or another genre that you enjoy, then it's highly likely that the below list of the best August bank holiday festivals has you covered.


 All Points East

2021 lineup: Foals, London Grammar, Kano, Jorja Smith, Jamie XX, Bombay Bicycle Club

When: Friday 27th- Monday 30th August

Where: Victoria Park, London

All Points East has been displaced from its usual May residency but has still managed to cater a weekend full of extraordinary talent along a wide spectrum of genres. Across four days, headliners range from London Grammer to Foals, Kano and Bicep. There's a whole range of sounds on offer, indie, pop, R&B, Soul, Grime and much more. It's truly a weekend where you can say that there is something for everyone.

All Points East will also be incorporating Field Day into the festival on the Sunday which will be your only chance to catch Bicep in London this year. This is an unmissable weekend of events, a true celebration of music genres far and wide in the sunny scenery of Victoria Park.





2021 lineup: To be announced

When: Sunday 29th August

Where: Beaver Works, Leeds

Leeds' traditional bank holiday festival returns this year and is one of the most exciting underground clubbing experiences in the UK. Boasting 6 indoor and outdoor areas, each offering a different vibe for you to move to. From anthemic hits in the marquee to getting deep and dirty in the basement. Insomnifest is an unforgettable experience that will likely change each time you go.

The lineup has not yet been revealed but expect high-octane performances with excellent dance performers, CO2 jets and overall a general sense of mayhem.




 Maiden Voyage 

2021 lineup: Roy Ayers, Mr Scruff, Optimo, Biig Piig, Children Of Zeus, Moses Boyd

When: Sunday 29th August

Where: Lee Valley Showground, London

It's all change for Maiden Voyage festival this year as they move location to Lee Valley Showground and expand from one stage to five. They're back bigger than ever this August bank holiday celebrating jazz, techno, house, funk and more. This festival is one for dancing and honestly what else would you rather do with your weekend?

You can catch a wonderful selection of artists new and old at Maiden Voyage in beautiful and uncharted territory.




Reading/Leeds Festival

2021 lineup: Post Malone, Disclosure, Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Queens Of The Stone Age, AJ Tracey

When: Thursday 26th- Sunday 29th August

Where: Richfield Avenue (Reading), Bramham Park (Leeds)

The premier staple of British bank holiday festivals, the long-running Reading/Leeds festivals have gone from rock music mecca to incorporating the biggest names from all kinds of genres from all across the globe. It's a fantastic place to see legendary headliners and see the next biggest thing in one of the various tents spotted around the festival sites.

This year has real star power in Oasis legend Liam Gallagher headlining as well as much-loved Grime artist Stormzy and hip-hop sensation Post Malone. It's an event that rarely if ever misses the mark and is well worth the price of admission.






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2021 lineup: Chase & Status, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Camelphat, Deadmau5, Hybrid Minds

When: Thursday 26th- Sunday 29th August

Where: Creamfields, Cheshire

Creamfields is for those who love all things rave, dance, house and techno and is one of the most loved festivals in the UK. It has yet again revealed a world-class lineup including David Guetta and Chase & Status. It will be one of the defining parties of the year.

The festival site welcomes in 70,000 people and supplies them with over 300 artists performing across the weekend. With such a long time spent away from the festival, it'll be even more of an occasion than usual.




Victorious Festival


2021 lineup: Madness, The Kooks, The Streets, Royal Blood, Annie Mac, Fontaines D.C.

When: Friday 27th- Sunday 29th August

Where: Southsea Seafront, Southsea

Victorious Festival is quickly becoming a beloved festival within the south of England. Striking a chord with its reasonable ticket prices, stunning location on the south coast and a huge free kids area. The acts on show here are a mixture of indie legends and contemporary rock and pop acts.

This year is one of their biggest ever lineups with oddballs Madness topping the Friday bill, a smaller opening party to get you warmed up for the weekend ahead. With such an exciting roster of artists on show, this year's Victorious Festival is one to really look forward to, who can resist a party on the beach?




Manchester Pride


2021 lineup: Zara Larsson, Sigala, Annie Mac, Katy B, Sophie Ellis- Bextor, Example

When: Friday 27th- Monday 30th August

Where: TBA

This year Manchester Pride is back in business, one of the biggest events in the city each year. This year's lineup features artists such as Zara Larsson, Annie Mac and Sigala. There will also be a further headline act announced but not until August 27th, the day before the main events of the festival begin.

The entire bank holiday weekend will see the Gay Village turned into a party only zone, with DJ's, a silent disco and inclusive events for everyone.





2021 lineup: Basement Jaxx, Razorlight, Echo and the Bunnymen, Maximo Park

When: Thursday 26th- Sunday 29th August

Where: North Lakes Country Park, Silloth, Cumbria

Cumbria's bright and diverse festival returns to the idyllic setting of North Lakes Country Park this year. From its local-orientated beginnings in 2003, the festival has come a long way, able to attract bigger names and expand into a wide range of genres. It prides itself on the eclecticism you can find throughout the event. 

Whether you're into indie rock or EDM, Solfest will have something for you within its huge lineup. It's an incredibly energetic mix of entertainment and there are certainly never any dull moments at Solfest. This is one of the most welcoming places you can go to this August bank holiday.




 Alfresco Festival

2021 lineup: Daniel Avery, Optimo, Paranoid London, Justin Robertson, Bill Brewster

When: Friday 27th- Sunday 29th August

Where: Colebrook Park, Tunbridge Wells

This year Alfresco Festival has bagged Daniel Avery as its headliner and he'll be presiding over the Saturday down in the deep dark woods. What Alfresco Festival specialises in is getting in a wide range of performers from all across the many genres and subgenres of dance music. Whether it be EDM or Acid House. 

It has an 8-year reputation for being inclusive for all ages, with plenty of free entertainment and activities on offer. For those who are looking for a dance down in the depths of a forest, you couldn't come to a better place. It's a wonderful event with a low capacity, making for a boutique experience.




 Moovin Festival

2021 lineup: To be announced

When: Friday 27th- Sunday 29th August

Where: Whitebottom Farm, Stockport

The Moovin Festival lineup hasn't been revealed for this year yet but there can be little doubt that it will contain some of the biggest names and best room shakers around. Just south of Manchester you will find this haven of house, Drum & Bass, Acid House and more. A party that started with a few hundred people is now growing year upon year and has a glowing reputation.

Previous acts who have played the festival include Groove Armada and 808 State, with the upping the ante each year. Although they have grown, the festival does retain its boutique status by limiting it to a few thousand to keep it intimate, exclusive and making people hungry for more after each edition. It's not one to miss.





Has this list of August bank holiday festivals got you in the mood for similar events? Check out our festival finder here to see where else you can party this year. 




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