Music fans have had a disappointing 12 months with festivals and gigs cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
But with the silver lining of lockdown easing on the horizon, many will be hoping they can get back into shows in the near future.
Boris Johnson has finally confirmed that from 17 May, fans will able to get their first taste of live music for more than a year.
No earlier than 21 June, as long as things go to plan, all limits on social contact will be removed. While some issues around mass events are still to be ironed out, the government is hoping to reopen nightclubs and lift restrictions on large gatherings such as festivals at this point.
Below is a rolling list of live music shows – both festivals and touring acts – that have already revealed plans to hold events in full.
When: 25-28 June
Where: Eridge Park, Kent
Although only in its infancy, Black Deer has already won awards for the event, which it says is a “Festival of Americana”.
Van Morrison, Frank Turner, Jake Bugg and Saving Grace ft Robert Plant are all scheduled to perform at the event, which will be the first festival in the UK to get underway.
When: 22-25 July
Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
Only three acts have been revealed so far for the event – Bastille, First Aid Kit and Snow Patrol – but organisers insist it is all systems go for July.
Previously acts such as Haim, the Chemical Brothers and Bill Bailey have performed at the festival in the past.
When: 29 July – 1 August
Where: Lulworth Estate, Dorset
Rob Da Bank’s family-friendly festival returns for another year, with Becky Hill, Fatboy Slim and Groove Armada among the big names.
You can also expect comedy from Dick and Dom, fun with Sam and Mark, and entertainment for the little ones with Mr Tumble.
When: 29 July – 1 August
Where: Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria
Stereophonics, Supergrass, The Streets and Dizzee Rascal are among the performers announced for this one.
Surrounded by the majesty of the Lake District, acts such as Craig David’s TS5, Sundara Karma and Strictly Come Dancing winner Bill Bailey are also on the bill.
Reading & Leeds
When: 26-29 August
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading, and Bramham Park, Leeds
Held simultaneously in the north and south of England with a rotating line-up, you’ll hear from headliners Liam Gallagher, Queens Of The Stone Age, Stormzy, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Post Malone and Disclosure.
If that’s not enough, fans can also expect to hear from Brit-nominated AJ Tracey, YouTube sensation Madison Beer and scouse indie rockers The Wombats at the sold-out events.
When: 4-5 Septmeber
Where: Leeds Temple Newsam and Hatfield Park
Sum 41, Don Broco and NOFX will headline this one day festival that visits both Leeds and Hatfield over the course of weekend.
The punk-pop festival has a dedicated following, with many returning year after year.
When: 10-12 September
Where: Glasgow Green
Ian Brown, Sam Fender and Courteeners lead the bill at the Scottish festival.
TRNSMT was born out of the aftermath of T in the Park in Strathclyde, and also features YouTuber-turned-boxer-turned musician KSI, Manchester group Blossoms, and up-and-comer from Lincolnshire, Holly Humberstone.
When: 11-12 September
Where: Heaton Park, Manchester
Around 80,000 people will pile into the North West to watch the likes of Brit-award winning Dave, Grammy-winning Megan Thee Stallion and dance music legend Eric Prydz.
Camelphat, AJ Tracey and Skepta also feature on the bill – but tickets have already sold out.
Isle of Wight
When: 16 -19 September
Where: Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
Liam Gallagher, Snow Patrol, David Guetta and Duran Duran will all headline the event, which has been moved from its usual summer slot.
Elsewhere on the bill you can expect to hear from Tom Jones, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Imelda May.
Major live shows
The below list (unless stated otherwise) shows the first music acts to perform at the venues after lockdown measures ease.
Who: Arijit Singh, 28 August
The Indian megastar will be the first act to say the hallowed words, “Hello Wembley!” when he visits the northwest London arena.
Simple Minds and McFly are also among the early performers at famous venue.
Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Who: Arijit Singh, 29 August
Singh will then hotfoot it to the West Midlands to take his show to Birmingham the day after he performs at Wembley.
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Who: Manic Street Preachers, 16 July
Welsh indie legends Manic Street Preachers will hold a free headline gig for NHS staff in July.
However – it’s already sold out!
The Specials, McFly and Elbow are also among the early acts there.
SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Who: Dua Lipa, 11 September
Grammy-winning Dua Lipa will open the Glasgow venue in September with her Future Nostalgia tour.
Bring Me The Horizon, Haim and McFly will head to the venue not long after.
Utilita Arena, Newcastle
Who: Dua Lipa, 13 September
The Grammy-winning, Brit-nominated artist also looks set to be the first act in months to perform at Newcastle’s arena.
The show was initially scheduled to take place earlier, but was pushed back by the pandemic.
AO Arena, Manchester
Who: Dua Lipa, 16 September
Dua Lipa will also reopen Manchester’s iconic arena later that week.
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Who: The Isley Brothers, 25 June
All being well, the Grammy Hall of Fame inductees will grace the stage in Leeds in June.
The group is known for hits including It’s Your Thing and Shout.
M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Who: The Drifters, 4 July
The Drifters will bring their six-decade wide back-catalogue to Liverpool in July when they become the first group to play the arena since last year.
The group are best known for their tracks Under The Boardwalk, Saturday Night At The Movies and Sweets For Sweet.
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Who: The Drifters, 11 July
The doo-wop group will head to Nottingham too, as they reopen the city’s arena on 11 July.
Who: The Specials, 4 September
The Specials will head to the south coast in September to perform in the Brighton Centre as the first music act to hit the stage there.
The Ghost Town pop-rockers have released their eighth album, Encore, in the last 12 months.
Other notable venues across the UK that will be looking to host gigs not long after lockdown
- Rock City, Nottingham – Yungblud, Passenger and Black Stone Cherry
- O2 Academy, Bristol – Lupe Fiasco, New Hope Club and The Specials
- Electric Ballroom, London – Twin Atlantic, The Beat and The Magic Numbers
- Engine Shed, Lincoln – John Cooper Clarke, Blossoms and Becky Hill
- LCR, Norwich – Declan McKenna, Postmodern Jukebox and Tom Grennan
- Leadmill, Sheffield – Martin Kemp, You Me At Six and The Rifles
- O2 Apollo, Manchester – The Isley Brothers, Van Morrison and Louis Tomlinson
- King Tuts, Glasgow – The Rifles, Another Sky and Cloth
- O2 Academy, Leicester – Circa Waves, Twin Atlantic and Showhawk Duo
- St David’s Hall, Cardiff – Black Stone Cherry, Leo Sayer and Jamie Cullum
- Waterfront Hall, Belfast – Passenger, Elbow and Rag N Bone Man
- O2 Academy, Newcastle – Max & Harvey, Goldie Lookin’ Chain and The Vamps