7 Hertfordshire music events planned for 2021

The Classic Ibiza stage at Hatfield House last summer. This year's concert has now been postponed. P

The Classic Ibiza stage at Hatfield House in 2019. The 2020 concert was postponed and the dance music event will now return this August. - Credit: Jake Lewis

It's fair to say 2020 was a nightmare for music promoters.

Summer concerts and festivals in the county were either postponed until this year, rescheduled and later called off or cancelled completely.

We could all do with something to look forward to in 2021, and here's seven Hertfordshire music events currently in the calendar for this year, subject to coronavirus restrictions of course. 

Fingers crossed they all go ahead this year and revellers can enjoy a much-needed summer of music in the county.

1. Slam Dunk Festival

This annual rite of passage for pop-punk, ska punk and emo fans was twice postponed in 2020.

Organisers are determined to bring the multi-stage show back to Hatfield Park in 2021.

READ MORE: Organisers 'remain optimistic and confident' that Slam Dunk Festival 2021 will happen


Sum 41 and Don Broco, last year's scheduled headliners, are confirmed to play the main stages with the Hatfield festival now moved from its original scheduled date of Sunday, May 30 to Sunday, September 5. 

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The Slam Dunk North leg in Leeds will now take place on Saturday, September.

Visit www.slamdunkfestival.com for latest line-up news and ticket details.

Slam Dunk Festival South in Hatfield. Picture: Kevin Richards

Slam Dunk Festival South in Hatfield. Picture: Kevin Richards - Credit: Archant

2. Battle Proms

One of the biggest events in the Hatfield social calendar, this summer celebration featuring sublime classical music, fireworks, cannons, cavalry and a Spitfire air display was sorely missed in 2020.

The Battle Proms teams are planning for the picnic proms to take place again in the grounds of Hatfield House on Saturday, July 17.

READ MORE: Battle Proms 2021 tickets go on sale but concert capacity reduced

The Battle Proms Evening Gun Salute at Hatfield House. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The Battle Proms Evening Gun Salute at Hatfield House. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

They have put tickets back on sale and are constantly reviewing the last government guidelines.

With loyal Hatfield Battle Prommers carrying over their tickets from 2020, a limited number of passes for 2021 are currently on sale at www.battleproms.com 

Battle Proms fireworks. Picture: Jean Mower-Allard

Fireworks to close Hatfield House Battle Proms. - Credit: Jean Mower-Allard

3. Folk by the Oak

From the same team as Battle Proms, this all-day festival of folk and acoustic music uses the same site in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field at Hatfield House and takes place the day after the picnic proms.

Folk by the Oak 2019 at Hatfield House. Picture: Alan Davies

Folk by the Oak 2019 at Hatfield House. - Credit: Alan Davies

After 2020's folk spectacular was called off due to coronavirus, headline acts Seasick Steve, Kate Rusby and the Sam Sweeney Band have all been confirmed for 2021, with more line-up announcements due soon.

Due to international travel restrictions, the previously announced Richard Thompson will not be able to perform at FBTO this summer, but organisers are thrilled that he has instead confirmed for 2022.

READ MORE: Limited number of festival tickets go on sale for 2021

Blues musician Seasick Steve will headline Folk by the Oak 2021 in Hatfield. Picture: Supplied by Fo

Blues musician Seasick Steve will headline Folk by the Oak 2021 in Hatfield. - Credit: Supplied by Folk by the Oak

FBTO is due to take place in Hatfield Park on Sunday, July 18.

Tickets are on sale via www.folkbytheoak.com

Folk festival favourite Kate Rusby will return to Hatfield House for Folk by the Oak 2021. Picture:

Folk festival favourite Kate Rusby will return to Hatfield House for Folk by the Oak 2021. - Credit: Supplied by Folk by the Oak

4. An Evening with Michael Bublé 

Michael Bublé topped of the UK album charts again this year with his seasonal Christmas album.

The Canadian-Italian crooner's gig at Hatfield House was postponed last summer (2020) and was initially rearranged for the Hertfordshire parkland on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

UPDATE: The show has now been postponed again until Saturday, July 23, 2022.

Michael Buble brings his 2020 summer tour to Hatfield House on July 26 for an open-air concert. Pict

Michael Bublé now brings his summer tour to Hatfield House in July 2022 for an open-air concert. - Credit: Photo Credit: Evaan Kheraj

Expect to hear Bublé classics such as Haven't Met You Yet and Home. 

Tickets are still available from www.axs.com


5. Standon Calling

This annual music and arts festival is set to return to the Hertfordshire countryside from Thursday, July 22 to Sunday, July 25. 

Featuring huge headliners and emerging talent, last summer's extravaganza was due to be the festival's 15th birthday party.

READ MORE: Standon Calling festival 'is going to be epic'

Standon Calling 2019. Picture: KoLAB Studios

Standon Calling 2019. - Credit: KoLAB Studios

That 'Party of All Time' will now take place at Standon Lordship this year with the 2021 line-up including Bastille, Hot Chip and Primal Scream.

Visit https://standon-calling.com/ for latest festival news.

The main stage at last year's Standon Calling. The festival has postponed this summer's event and wi

The main stage at Standon Calling 2019. The festival is due to return this summer. - Credit: Ania Shrimpton

6. Classic Ibiza

Hertfordshire's biggest dance music event is set to return to the grounds of Hatfield House this summer.

Featuring iconic dance tunes from the White Isle played by the Urban Soul Orchestra, DJs and guest vocalists, Classic Ibiza is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 21. 

READ MORE: Classic Ibiza to return to Hatfield with a bang

Classic Ibiza is set to return to Hatfield Park in 2021. Picture: Phil Drury

Classic Ibiza is set to return to Hatfield Park in 2021. - Credit: Phil Drury

As with other planned events rolled over from 2020, there's a limited number of tickets available.

For more details, and to book your tickets, visit www.classicibiza.co.uk/hatfield

Urban Soul Orchestra conductor Stephen Hussey at Classic Ibiza. Picture: Phil Drury

Urban Soul Orchestra conductor Stephen Hussey at Classic Ibiza. - Credit: Phil Drury

7. Pub in the Park

While Knebworth Park hosted PITP's drive-in Garden Party last year, Tom Kerridge and his foodie friends are due to return to Verulamium Park in St Albans this September.

After the music and food fest was cancelled last year, the event has been rescheduled for Friday, September 10 to Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Pub in the Park will return this year with another mouthwatering line-up of pop-up pubs and music.

Pub in the Park will return this year with another mouthwatering line-up of pop-up pubs and music. - Credit: Supplied by Pub in the Park

The Pub in the Park 2021 music line-up for St Albans has now been confirmed.

Basement Jaxx are down for a DJ set on the Friday night, with Lightning Seeds playing the Saturday afternoon along with Dodgy.

READ MORE: Rick Astley and Kaiser Chiefs party in the park at Pub in the Park drive-in event at Knebworth House

All Saints are pencilled in for the Saturday evening session. There will also be a DJ set from Faithless.

Gabrielle will headline the lazy Sunday afternoon session also featuring Reef. 

For more on Pub in the Park 2021 in St Albans, visit www.pubintheparkuk.com/st-albans

Pub in the Park

Pub in the Park - Credit: Supplied by Pub in the Park

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