With festival season almost upon us, get festival-ready and check out our guest interview with Festival in a Bag.

Preparing for festival season is exciting, but can take quite a lot of thought and effort. Firstly, who will be on the line-up, and what will you wear? Then there are the practical elements, such as how you’ll get there and what accommodation you’ll use.

If you’re planning to camp, do you have all the necessary kit? If you’re a festival or camping virgin, you might not even know what you’re likely to need.

Enter Festival in a Bag, the brilliant camping essentials provider for all your festival needs, and one of our partners. We caught up with the team to find out how Festival in a Bag works and why sustainability is more important than ever right now.

1. Firstly, how does Festival in a Bag work?

We are a one-stop sustainable solution for all your festival and camping essentials, providing everything you need from a sleeping bag, tent, roll mat, and water bottle, all in one rucksack. Each of our bags come with a unique number, making it easier to identify.

2. Such a convenient solution! What’s your favourite item in your festival bag?

My favourite item is the bag itself. I love the space and the ease of the carry straps, and it can fit so much in it!

3. They do look incredibly spacious. Can your bags be used in any places other than festivals?

My festival bag has been my constant go-to rucksack when the family go hiking. Last year, my niece took her festival bag to her University with all her treasured items. It really can be used for everything!

Black Festival Bag
4. What a great idea! How have you been coping during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We have used this time to work on securing our future partnerships for the 2021 season. We are adding new products onto our Shop platform, which are eco-friendly. It’s been a busy time for us all, updating products, renewing contracts, and looking forward to re-launching in 2021-2022.

5. We can’t wait for festival season to resume, either! I know that sustainability is vital to Festival in a Bag. Therefore, what are your top eco-friendly tips for festivalgoers?

Our ethos is reuse and recycle. Being accountable as an individual, take what you need, refill your festival water bottle, and reuse your tents. It is all too tempting to discard a tent at the end of a festival (we supply a quality double skin 2-man tent). Our hygiene kit is entirely plastic-free, containing no chemicals or sprays, which we pack in a cloth drawstring bag. Perfect to be used time and time again. Remember to Reuse and Recycle – it’s your future!

6. Fantastic advice for every festivalgoer. Finally, any tips to help festivalgoers find their tent easily at a festival?

Take a grid reference with your phone! All of our bags have a unique number, and once registered on our website, it’s easy to trace and locate a festival.

More great advice! Thank you so much for speaking to me today. Hopefully, we’ll see plenty of your festival bags around the festival fields this festival season!

If you want to find out more about Festival in a Bag and how they can help you prepare for your next festival, visit their website, www.festivalinabag.co.uk.

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If you’re still deciding which festival to go to next year, we’ve pulled together some of the best official festival aftermovies from some of the UK’s biggest festivals held in 2019. Most festivals have sadly had to cancel their event this year, but planning for 2021 is in full swing and there’s no better time to look and book your tickets than right now if you haven’t already.

From rock to electronic, Afro-Cuban to underground grime, we cover a variety of some of the biggest UK music festivals to suit the most discerning of festivalgoers. Pour a cold drink, sit back and relax, and enjoy the magical festival nostalgia of yesteryear!


Date: 4-6 June 2021
Location: Donington Park, Derbyshire

The UK’s premier rock festival features over 100 metal, rock and punk pop acts, as well as spectacles like the UK Air Guitar Championships and wrestling matches. Download’s 2019 headliners included Def Leppard, Slipknot, and Tool. Website

Their 2021 line-up hasn’t been announced yet but 2020 was going to feature Kiss, Iron Maiden, and System of a Down.


Date: 26-29 August 2021
Location: Daresbury, Warrington

One of the best dance festivals in the world, Creamfields featured some of the following legendary dance acts in 2019 – Calvin Harris, Swqedith House Mafia, Annie Mac, and Tiesto. Website

Their 2021 line-up includes Carl Cox, Deadmau5, Eric Pridz, and Tiësto. Check out the full line-up so far.


Date: 8-11 July 2021
Location: Shepton Mallet, Nr. Bristol

With almost as many sport courses as music stages, NASS is a grime and hip-hop festival featuring international pro skate, BMX competitions, and street art. Their 2019 headliners included Giggs, Rudimental, and Cypress Hill. Website

The 2021 line-up will feature headliner, The Streets, with loads more to be announced. Full line-up so far.


Date: 22-25 July 2021
Location: Charlton Park, Chippenham

Womad offers over 150 cutting edge performances from world-class musicians represented by over 50 countries. 2019 headliners were Zizzy Marley, Anna Calvi, and Orbital. Website

The line-up for 2021 hasn’t been announced but 2020 was going to feature Angelique Kidjo, The Flaming Lips, Kate Tempest, and Mariza.


Date: 8-11 July 2021
Location: Matterley Estate, Hampshire

Described as the most theatrically immersive festival experience on earth, Boomtown is a fantasy city of music, theatre, escapism and much more. Headliners from 2019’s ‘A Radical City’-themed festival include Lauryn Hill, Prophets of Rage, and The Streets. Website

Their 2021 line-up hasn’t been announced yet but you can get an idea of who might be playing from the 2020 line-up.


Date: 27-19 August 2021
Location: Reading & Leeds

One of the biggest UK festivals to take place, Reading and Leeds share the same line-up over the August bank holiday weekend. 2019 headliners included Foo Fighters, Billie Eilish, and The 1975. Website

The line-up for 2021 is yet to be announced but 2020 was due to feature Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, and Rage Against the Machine.

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Along with all players in the events industry, the global festival scene has been extremely hard hit by the impact of COVID-19. Most festivals due to take place this summer have already cancelled and it’s likely many more will follow suit. This is a disaster for the festival industry, and leaves its future uncertain.

What it has done, though, is force the events industry to think creatively as festivals devise new ways to survive this uncertain period and the aftermath, as well as make sure their fans don’t miss out on the party at home.

Some of the festivals that were forced to cancel held a virtual festival over the Easter bank holiday. These include Camp Bestival’s Stay at Home Sleepover, Morning Gloryville, Defected Records’ livestream, and Digital DGTL. Most of these festivals donated proceeds to charities.

The concept of the virtual festival isn’t new but it’s bound to become more popular this year. Although it’s not the same as going to a festival, just think of the cheap drinks, the clean toilets, hot showers, and the warm cosy bed – unless you’re camping in your garden of course!

Here’s a list of some festivals coming to a device near you soon. And don’t forget to check out our Events calendar, which we’ll update as other virtual festivals are announced.

One World Together at Home

When: Saturday 18th April at 1am UK time

Where: Various platforms

Big Acts: Elton John, Lizzo, Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Stevie Wonder

Lady Gaga has already partnered with the World Health Organization and Global Citizen to raise millions of dollars ($35m at the time of writing) to fund medical equipment and testing capabilities across the globe.

She’s also launching a virtual festival, One World Together At Home, on 18th April to feature dozens of leading music performers as well as stories and messages highlighting the critical work frontline healthcare workers do.

No donations necessary as the fundraising will already have been completed by the time the festival goes live.

Block By Blockwest

When: Saturday 25th April at 8pm UK time

Where: Block By Blockwest or Discord for account holders

Big Acts: Pussy Riot, Nothing Nowhere, Hunny, Fever 333

You don’t have to be a Minecraft expert or fan to get access to Minecraft’s virtual music festival, but you can expect some cool digital gamification. Use avatars to move around the different festival stages, check out the artist merch tents and art gallery, or participate in a few of its games.

All proceeds from this festival will go to the Corona Virus Emergency Response fund.

S.A.F.E. Music Festival

When: Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th May from 9pm to 7am and Sunday 10th May 8pm to 1pm UK time

Where: https://www.safemusicfestival.com/

Big Acts: Young Bombs, Danny Quest, Cade, Mammoths, Vegabonds

Travel with your friends to this virtual festival within the comfort of your own home. S.A.F.E is free to attend as long as you subscribe. You can try out some pre-show wellness experiences such as yoga and workouts. During the main festival event, expect interactive chat rooms during live streaming, and competitions to win prizes.

Download Festival

When: Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June 2020

Where: You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Big Acts: TBC

If you’re wondering how to mosh at a socially responsible distance, you’ve landed in the right place with Download’s digital festival.  Expect exclusive footage, interactive content, special interviews, and a mix of great rock music. And you can air guitar like no-one’s watching!

Grab yourself a special edition charity T-Shirt from Download’s webshop to help raise money for the NHS.

Burning Man

When: Sunday 30th August to Monday 7th September 2020

Where:TBC – Updates here

Big Acts: TBC

One of America’s major festivals, Burning Man, is planning to hold a virtual festival instead of in its usual Black Rock City in the Nevadan desert. Introducing ‘The Burning Man Multiverse’, where 100,000 participants will be invited to explore new ways to connect and live more sustainably. It will be ticketed but over 90% of revenue will contribute to the non-profit festival’s many year-round cultural programs.

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I’m a firm believer that festivals are for everyone and that everyone should benefit from the amazing musical, artistic, cultural, and social experiences that festivals offer.

If you love a big crowd and want to see on stage only the best artists in the world in your chosen genre, a large festival may be right up your street and festival aftermovies are a great way to get a sense of a festival experience.

There are some huge festivals in the UK but you don’t need to be confined to those on your doorstep as you can experience some amazing festivals abroad. We’ve pulled together some of the biggest festivals in Europe and to help you decide which one’s best for you, we’ve included the official aftermovies from 2018.

So, turn up the volume and pour a cold drink while you immerse yourself into some of the biggest and best festivals of yesteryear.

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