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Live Music Is Back!

We’ve seen the stats… The numbers look good… Festivals are bouncing back!

The UK has been starved of live events over the last year and a half, after lockdowns, restrictions and social distancing rules swept the nation during the pandemic.

But now that things are on the up – in a positive way – most of the live events and summer festivals that we all hold close to our hearts are making their return.

The SBS-Events.com team have been hard at work prepping for this years audio-visual hire bookings and live events setups and in our preparations we’ve been reflecting on our favourite festivals of the summer season and what events we are most excited for.

Here’s 5 upcoming UK summer events that we highly recommend checking out if you’re interested in attending festivals happening this year!


30th July – 1st August
Durley, Southampton

We’ve all missed outdoor festivals in the warm sun and cosy summer nights under lights, so why not jump back into the festivities this year at Gabefest!

Located in Durley, Southampton, Gabefest prides itself in its simplicity. Side by side stages, food stalls and a bar are the primary features of this quaint festival. Throw in some fun stuff for the little ones, a late-night dance party and a cosy campfire on top and you have one of the best small festivals in Hampshire.

Gabefest is the perfect sized festival. Big enough to lose yourself yet small enough to not miss a thing!

Berkeley farm plays host this year to a strong musical line-up featuring the likes of Barbarellas Bang Bang, Jimmy B & The Death Rattles, Funke & The Two Tone Baby, Millie Manders, who are ready to usher live music back into our lives.

Tickets for this wonderful weekend of music and festivities are on sale now, starting from just £8!


11th – 15th August
Catton Park, Derbyshire

The alternative music scene is one that has been clambering at the opportunity to attend festivals and live shows again. With the recent success of the Download Festival Pilot event, it looks like they are going to be back in the mosh pits sooner rather later.

Fans of heavy music were ecstatic to learn that this year, Bloodstock Open Air is back in full force!

Bloodstock Open Air is a renowned heavy metal festival held annually at Catton Hall in Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, established in 2005. Originally held indoors for one day with two stages, the festival has since become a booming outdoors event that’s an excellent experience for fans of alternative culture and music!

This year Judas Priest, Skindred and Kreator lead the awe-inspiring alternative mashup of bands and artists that are bringing Metal back to the medium-large festival scene.

If you’re a fan of great food vendors, alternative clothing & merch stalls and hard-hitting rock & metal tunes, Bloodstock may be the prime event for you this summer!


Netley Music Festival
20th – 21st August
Eastleigh, Southampton

A summer event designed for a niche audience, one that this year deserve thanks, is Netley Music Festival, Southampton.

Netley Music Festival or NMF is a small private music event in its 11th year!

The event is primarily provided for serving or retired emergency services staff, including Police, Fire, Ambulance, NHS, Coastguard, Lifeboat, and partner agencies such as HCC, Youth Workers, Probation, Healthcare, Armed Services, etc. It also includes invited and accompanying friends and family of the above.

This family friendly festival is the perfect escape from normality where families and friends can celebrate safely and securely with incredible music and stalls.

Although traditionally held within the grounds of the Police Training HQ at Netley, this year, for 2021, the venue has changed to Eastleigh.

Tickets are on sale now for all who want to enjoy the music at this incredible small festival later this year!


11th September
Walton-On-Thames, Surrey

Shynefest, Surrey’s ultimate family festival is making a return this September!

This year, Apps Court Farm will again play host to a tremendous line-up consisting of a mixture of professional cover bands and original artists.

Camp out under the stars or glamp in style with your loved ones and enjoy bands such as Toploader, Noasis and From the Jam over one spectacular weekend.

Tickets on sale now!


Isle of Wight Festival
16th – 19th September
Newport, Isle of Wight

Who could forget about the Isle of Wight Festival? The famous annual Newport music festival, that has become a staple of British summertime events, makes its return in 2021 with a bang!

The magical music weekender, famous for it’s impeccable sunny weather, is making it’s resurgence in this year with a huge line-up across 3 amazing festive days.

See artists the likes of: Liam Gallagher, Tom Jones, You Me At Six, Snow Patrol, David Guetta, Duran Duran, The Script, Scouting For Girls, Razorlight and many more over one amazing weekend.

Whether you’re into camping or would prefer a stay in one of the many Isle Of Wight hotels, this prestigious island event is a hard one to pass on!

Tickets are available now starting from just £70!

Get them while you can and get ready to welcome live music back to the UK!


Let The Music Play

Lockdown and social distancing restrictions deprived us of live music, summer festivals and outdoor events throughout 2020.

Though not all events are coming back this year and despite those that are, not being operated at full capacity, steps are being made in the right direction to bring events back as they once were. Things are on the up for the events industry! We couldn’t be more exited for the future.

Summer is back and the music can once again grace the crowds of festival goers and thrill seeking families.

Support your local events this year and share your amazing stories with us as you return to the events you love!


Our Solution

At SBS Event Productions we provide bespoke live stream setups with clear audio-visual links and professional capture technology. Our live stream solutions are catered to our clients’ needs and venue parameters.

It is our mission to help guide venues and events hubs of all themes and sizes into the bright future of live entertainment, through our services and support structure.

If you’re interested in taking your venue to the next level with in-house live stream hire or live stream installations, contact a member of the SBS Events team today!

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