11 big music festivals planned in Hertfordshire this summer

After a difficult year for the live music industry, summer festivals are back – and there are new names on the block in Hertfordshire this year.

While some events, like Todd in the hole, have already been canceled this summer and revamped for 2022, a number of musical performances will take place in the Herts countryside in 2021 with Standon Calling among them.

As we head towards Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new ‘arrival date’ of July 19, here are 11 more music festivals taking place in Hertfordshire this summer.

1. Goat Festival 2021


Kim Wilde is set to perform at this year’s Goatfest at Codicote.
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From Friday August 27 to Sunday August 29, this year’s festival at Codicote will feature sets from Children in America singer Kim Wilde, singer-songwriter Alex Francis, From The Specials – Neville Staple Band, The Showhawk Duo and The Sons of Pitches.

There are also loads of local acts and top DJs playing throughout the weekend.


Alex Francis will play this summer at Goatfest in Codicote.

Alex Francis will play this summer at Goatfest in Codicote.
– Credit: provided by Alex Francis

Formerly held in the parking lot of The Goat Inn on High Street, the Codicote Festival now takes place at a site in Bury Lane.

Day tickets are now on sale with weekend options.

2. BOB FSTVL

Proud partner of the We Are FSTVL team, the electronic music festival formerly known as Back Of Beyond returns to its spiritual home in Frogmore Hill for 2021, but the date has been pushed back to Saturday, August 28.

Taking place the August bank holiday weekend between Watton-at-Stone and Stevenage, the dance music event lineup is expected to feature MK, aka Marc Kinchen, as well as Eli Brown, Max Chapman and GW Harrison.

3. Festival of the Sign of the Times


Former New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook at the Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Photo: KEVIN

Former New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook at the 2018 Cool Britannia Festival in Knebworth. He will take part in this summer’s new Sign of the Times festival in Herts.
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New event on the Herts calendar for 2021, this festival features rock, indie, blues and new wave legends at Church End near Much Hadham on Friday August 20 and Saturday August 21.

You can enjoy Echo and the Bunnymen, Irish indie rockers Ash and The Wedding Present on Friday, while the main stage will be hosted by Stand up and deliver Adam Ant, the number one of the 80s, on Saturdays.


Peter Hook relaxing in the Green Room at the Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Photo: KEVIN RICHARDS

Peter Hook, former New Order and Joy Division bassist. He will perform with his new band The Light at this summer’s new Sign of the Times festival in Herts.
– Credit: Photo: KEVIN RICHARDS

Bill also includes Black Grape, Cast, Peter Hook & The Light, the new band of former bassist New Order, and Wilko Johnson.


John Power of Cast at the Cool Britannia Festival 2018. Photo: KEVIN RICHARDS

John Power of Cast.
– Credit: Photo: KEVIN RICHARDS

DJ sets will come from Jazzie B of Soul II Soul, Trevor Nelson and Don Letts.

4. Herts Fest 2021

Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon relaxing to the sound of reggae at the Hertfordshire County Showground near Redbourn, St Albans.

Known for the number one hit very red wine, UB40 with Ali Campbell and Astro will headline this event on Sunday August 15th.


Soul II Soul at Pub in the Park's Drive at Garden Party at Knebworth House.  Photo: Robert James Ry

Soul II Soul at Pub in the Park’s Drive at Garden Party at Knebworth House. Photo: Robert James Ryder
– Credit: Knebworth Park Photographic

Bill also includes Soul II Soul, Aswad, and Ray Lewis from the original Drifters.

Doors open at noon and start of the concert at 2 p.m.

5. Child


Adam ant

Adam ant
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You can also see this “highwayman dandy” Adam Ant at the ’80s Chilfest festival in Cow Lane, Tring, this summer.

The chart-topping singer filmed the video for Stand up and deliver in Hatfield in 1981.

Having had to reorganize its dates, Chilfest 2021 will now take place on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 July.

Friday’s Totally Tribute lineup includes bands like Bootleg Beatles, Queen – One Vision, Noasis, and ABBA Revival.


Singer Tony Hadley will perform Utilita Live From The Drive-In at Colesdale Farm, Northaw on Thursday,

Former Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley will perform Chilfest in Hertfordshire.
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Adam Ant, former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley and Roland Gift perform the main Saturday festival alongside Leee John of Imagination, Blancmange, The Christians, The Real Thing and Bad Manners.

6. The silent village


Tinie Tempah on stage at the Forum

Tinie Tempah on stage at the Forum
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Headlining Tinie Tempah, The Hush Village will take place at Colesdale Farm between Northaw and Cuffley on Saturday July 24th.

7. The festival of legends

This festival at the Herts County Showground takes place on Saturday July 31 and Sunday August 1 and features a host of tribute acts.

Slip on your dancing shoes and sing along to hits performed by tribute bands to Queen, Take That, Robbie Williams, Coldplay, ABBA, Elton John, Tina Turner, The Beatles, George Michael and David Bowie.

8. South Stone Valley Festival


Happy Mondays are set to headline the Stone Valley Festival South 2020 in Hertfordshire.  Photo: KEVIN

Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays, who is due to headline the 2021 Stone Valley Festival South in Hertfordshire.
– Credit: Photo: KEVIN RICHARDS

“You are twisting my melon!” “

Shaun Ryder and Happy Mondays are set to make Sunday headlines at this festival, which returns to Herts from August 13-15.


Happy Mondays backstage at the Cool Britannia Festival in Knebworth two years ago.  Photo: KEVIN RICHARD

Happy Mondays backstage at the Cool Britannia Festival in Knebworth. The group is due to perform at the Stone Valley Festival South this summer.
– Credit: Photo: KEVIN RICHARDS

Bob Geldof’s I do not like Mondays The Boomtown Rats headline Friday night at Hillside Farm in Great Amwell near Ware, with Sham 69 and The Farm also performing.

The Undertones was headlining the other night of this three-day festival featuring everything from Mod and punk to indie, ska and Northern Soul.

Others on Bill include The Selecter, From The Jam, The Blockheads, Bad Manners, and Skids.

9. Wilkestock Charity Music Festival

This charity music festival will feature dozens of popular acts on multiple stages at Frogmore Hill on new dates from Friday September 24 through Sunday September 26.

10. Home & Classics Festival

There is a huge line of DJs in five arenas at this event hosted for the Hertfordshire County Showground on Saturday August 14th.

DJs lined up include Todd Terry, Brandon Block, Terry Farley and Alex P.

11. Slam Dunk Festival

After being postponed twice in 2020, and postponed from May to September this year, Slam Dunk is finally due to return to Hatfield Park on Sunday, September 5th.

Pop-punk, ska punk, metal, emo and alt-rock lineup includes headliners Sum 41 and Don Broco.

Bill also includes the recently added Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and many more.


Frank Turner on the main stage at Folk by the Oak 2019 in Hatfield Park.

Frank Turner on the main stage at Folk by the Oak 2019 in Hatfield Park. It was added to the 2021 Slam Dunk Festival lineup.
– Credit: Alan Davies

All music events are subject to change, based on the latest government coronavirus restrictions.


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