Safe & Sound: Outdoor concerts taking place across the UK this summer   

If all goes as planned, summer 2021 will be business (and fun!) as usual for music fans 

By Vanessa Vallon 

For nearly a year now, the timing of the return of live events has been top-of-mind for many a music fan. With a continuous cycle of rescheduled dates, it has at times felt like an endless slog of hope and letdown. However, the distant hum of a live show may be closer than you think. In the US, Dr. Anthony Fauci recently conveyed optimism that full-capacity indoor shows could be back in action this autumn pending vaccination numbers, while in the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has described his vision of  “a Great British Summer” (mostly to discourage inter-country travel, but we’re pretty sure he was talking about his excitement for outdoor concerts, too). 

Although cancellations are still possible, many artists and festivals have gone ahead and announced their summer dates, inviting fans to experience live music in safe outdoor settings, ranging from parks to racecourses to castle grounds. Check out these amazing outdoor concerts taking place across the UK this summer. Get excited—live music may be mere months away. 

BST Hyde Park

British Summer Time festival returns to Hyde Park for one highly-anticipated July weekend.  Headlined by Pearl Jam and Duran Duran, the 2021 line-up also includes Nile Rodgers & Chic, Grace Jones, Pixies and Idles. Grab tickets here

WHEN: 9-11 Jul, 2021

WHEREHyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Fri, 9 Jul: Pearl Jam w/ Pixies
Sat, 10 Jul: Pearl Jam w/ Idles
Sun, 11 Jul: Duran Duran w/ special guests Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Grace Jones

Kew The Music

The picnic concert series returns to Kew Gardens in Richmond this July with performances by Van Morrison, James Blunt, Bananarama, Gipsy Kings and more. Check out tickets, as well as food packages, here

WHEN: 6-11 Jul, 2021

WHERE: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB

Tue, 6 Jul: Van Morrison
Wed, 7 Jul: James Blunt 
Thur, 8 Jul: DJ Spoony Presents Garage Classical
Fri, 9 Jul: Will Young & James Morrison
Sat, 10 Jul: Bananarama 
Sun, 11 Jul: Gipsy Kings 

Hi Tide Festival

Fatboy Slim and Madness headline this brand new two-day festival at the Dreamland amusement park in Margate. Jax Jones, Rudimental, Baxter Dury and more will also perform. Grab tickets here

WHEN: 3-4 Jul, 2021

WHEREDreamland, Margate, CT9 1XJ 

Sat, 3 Jul: Fat Boy Slim, Jax Jones, Hannah Wants, Riton (more acts TBA) 
Sun, 4 Jul: Madness, Rudimental, Baxter Dury, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Hollie Cook (more acts TBA)

    Rochester Castle Concerts

    Rochester Castle Concerts return with three nights of all-star performances from Thursday 8th July to Saturday July 10th. UB40, The Libertines, and the Jacksons will all grace the castle stage, located 30 miles southeast of London. Check out tickets here

    WHEN: 8-10 Jul, 2021

    WHERE: Castle Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW 

    Thu, 8 Jul: UB40
    Fri, 9 Jul: The Libertines
    Sat, 10 Jul: The Jacksons




    Jockey Club Live

    Combining live music and racing, Jockey Club Live returns for the sixth year to bring top musical talent to some of the UK’s most beautiful and prestigious racecourses, including Aintree, Haydock and Newmarket. This year’s lineup includes Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Bryan Ferry, McFly and more. Browse tickets here

    Aintree Racecourse — Liverpool
    11 Jun — Nile Rodgers & Chic

    Sandown Park Racecourse — Surrey
    28 Jul — Nile Rodgers & Chic
    05 Aug — Sandown Park Racecourse 

    Newmarket Racecourses — Suffolk
    18 Jun — The Script
    25 Jun — Rick Astley
    23 Jul — Tom Jones
    16 Jul — Bryan Ferry
    30 Jul — Olly Murs
    13 Aug — Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra
    28 Aug — McFly 

    Haydock Park Racecourse — Merseyside
    19 Jun — Tom Jones
    17 Jul — Olly Murs 

    Lionel Richie

    The legendary performer has rescheduled his 2020 UK tour for summer 2021, with new dates including a slot at the Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace concert series on 19 June, as well as a performance at Bristol City Centre on 21 June. Grab tickets here


    3 Jun — Wrexham — Racecourse Ground
    9 Jun — Cornwall — Eden Sessions
    11 Jun — Nottingham — Victoria Embankment 
    12 Jun — Scarborough — Scarborough Open Air Theatre
    15-16 Jun — London — Hampton Court Palace Festival
    18 Jun — Newport — Isle of Wight Festival
    19 Jun — Oxfordshire — Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace 
    21 Jun — Bristol — Bristol City Centre
    3 Jul — Lytham — Lytham Festival 
    1 Aug — Cardiff — Cardiff Castle 

    Michael Buble

     The singer has announced the rescheduled dates for the second leg of his “An Evening With tour” in the UK…and he’s taking things outdoors. Bublé will perform at gorgeous open-air venues across the UK, including Powderham Castle in Exeter, Cardiff Castle, and the Royal Crescent in Bath. Get your tickets here


    9 Jul — Exeter — Powderham Castle
    10 Jul — Canterbury — The Spitfire Ground, St. Lawrence
    13 Jul — Leeds — Harewood House
    15 Jul — Norwich — Blickling Estate 
    16-17 Jul — Bath — The Royal Crescent
    19 Jul — Hove — First Central County Ground
    20 Jul — Derby — The Pattonair Country Ground
    22 Jul — Cardiff — Cardiff Castle 
    23 Jul — Warwick — Warwick Castle
    25 Jul — Hatfield — Hatfield House 
    27 Jul — Durham — Emirates Riverside – Durham County Cricket Club


      Bryan Adams

      Adams has a full tour of outdoor gigs lined up for spring and summer 2021–including three nights at Londons’ Royal Albert Hall and a headline slot at Cornbury Music Festival in Oxfordshire. Check out tickets here


      11 Apr — Hull — Bonus Arena
      13-15 Apr — London — Royal Albert Hall
      26 Jun — Bristol — Bristol City Centre
      27 Jun — Cardiff — Cardiff Castle
      01 Jul — Scarborough — Scarborough Open Air Theatre
      02 Jul — Widnes — Dcbl Halton Stadium
      03 Jul — Telford — Qeii Arena
      05 Jul — Cornwall — Eden Project
      06 Jul — Exeter — Powderham Castle
      08 Jul — Canterbury — The Spitfire Ground
      09 Jul — Cornbury — Cornbury Music Festival
      10 Jul — Leeds — Harewood House