Why there are hopes of a festival-filled summer as lockdown restrictions ease

What is happening with UK music festivals as lockdown restrictions start to ease?

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With the restrictions beginning to ease, things seem to be slowly getting back to normal. One thing that is a part of this return to a life we used to know is the comeback of music festivals.

It seems, since some big hitters are not returning this year, this will be a slow process – but it is one that music lovers have been waiting for.

Reading and Leeds Festival are two of the main returners this year. Showcasing the likes of Stormzy, AJ Tracey, Post Malone, Two Door Cinema Club and Liam Gallagher, the festival is now sold out.

Having pushed its festival back from June to September, Isle of Wight is set to host Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Pete Tong and Duran Duran. With 143 days to go, this is one festival which has not yet sold out, so people are still able to get their tickets and head on over to the Isle.

This year brings Kendal Calling’s 15th year in action – and it has also sold out. With the headliners being Stereophonics, Supergrass, The Streets, Dizzee Rascal and Joel Corry, this line-up presents a real mix which caters for a range of fans of different genres.

Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival has also moved back to September, from its original date in July. Also, with tickets still available, Courteeners, Ian Brown, Fam Fender, Primal Scream and Chemical Brothers are on the top end of the bill.

Also, among the festivals making their comeback are Wireless, Camp Bestival, Slam Dunk, Parklife and The Great Escape is back in a virtual manner.

With Glastonbury waiting to allow festival goers back, and Boomtown Festival having been cancelled due to a lack of a Government-backed insurance scheme, despite having sold out its 66,000 tickets.

With insurance being a problem, it seems we may not have seen the last of the festival cancellations.

Should the festivals go ahead, however, it will be an unforgettable summer for those music lovers who have been lucky enough to bag themselves a ticket.