The UK’s newest music festival was launched yesterday. The timely named Unlocked Fest will take place from 18th – 20th June 2021 at Newark Showground. Organisers of the three-day event are promising a line-up crammed full of the UK’s biggest tracks from the nineties onwards, performed by a combination of original and tribute artists. The festival team is committed to creating a boutique event experience where wellies will be an optional style statement rather than a necessity on the compact site, the food and beverage offering will be to an exceptionally high standard, stages and bars will be stylish with high production values and there won’t be even a whiff of a smelly portaloo…!
Billed as the ultimate feel good weekender, the festival will combine a heady mix of well-known headliners, top DJs and tribute acts across its stages, with artisan food and drink vendors, a traditional funfair, dedicated kids zone, late night silent disco, along with a host of camping and glamping options available.
Headliners already confirmed include a unique festival set from the highly acclaimed Ministry of Sound Classical, The Feeling, Craig Charles, Inner City, and Republica. The line-up also features Go West, Space, Dario G, 5ive, Sonique, Phats & Small and Big Brovaz, with many more acts to be announced in the coming months.
Unlocked Fest’s founder, Steve Yeardsley has almost 20 years’ experience working in the events industry delivering technical production to festivals, tours and consumer events. He explains here why he feels that he’s identified a gap in the market for a boutique event experience:
“The UK undoubtedly has some amazing festivals and outdoor events. Unlocked Fest aims to marry a vibrant music festival with high-end production values with the food and beverage offer that you expect to find when you attend outdoor events such as Goodwood Festival of Speed or Wimbledon, in order to create an experience that will appeal both to seasoned festival goers and also to an audience who might not otherwise attend a festival. Having come out of a year where there have been no events at all, I think that by next June the public will be beyond ready to enjoy great music, food and drink with friends and family in a relaxing and ambient environment.
“Getting the line-up right is also key. We’ve all been to festivals where the headliners sing one or two well-known tracks and fill the rest of the set with the new material. We really want the music to be familiar, songs that the crowd sing and dance along to all day and night. We’re going to create everyone’s favourite playlist and deliver it live! The artists already confirmed show that we’re well on our way to achieving that and we’ve got a couple of show stopping surprises that we’ll be announcing soon.”
A limited number of discounted launch weekend tickets are on sale now. Adult weekend tickets with camping start at £156 and give access to the festival site from Friday morning right through to Monday morning. VIP packages are also available, priced from £197 upwards and include priority access to the main arena and exclusive VIP bar complete with sun terrace and a complimentary drink