Take the stress out of Christmas shopping this year and let us do the work with our must-read Christmas gift guide. From 2021 show-stopping tours from their favourite artists, to explosive comedy shows and unmissable events: we've got your covered. No wrapping required!
Live Events, Exhibitions & Sports
Beyond K&S and Beyond FOQ Masterclasses
When: Available now online until 31 December 2020
Beyond Knitting & Stitching and Beyond Festival Of Quilts have gone digital! With expert-led masterclasses on quilting, textiles and crafts hosted by some of the UK's most talented tutors, get the crafty one in your life learning a new wonderful skill this Christmas with classes on sale until 31 December and available after purchase for 48 hours to watch at their leisure. Get them crafting this Christmas, book now!
When: 30 September - 31 October 2021
The Enchanted Forest returns to Faskally Wood, Pitchlory autumn 2021 to celebrate its 20th anniversary in style. Inspired by the natural beauty of the forest, the award-winning visuals, soundscape and state-of-the-art technologies make for a stunning event that should be a marker in everybody's 2021 diaries. This unmissable evening out is the perfect gift for any family.
When: 6 - 7 August 2021
Never seen before in the UK, this unique concert experience will celebrate the timeless work between composer Joe Hisaishi and director Hayao Miyazaki as multiple award-winning composer, conductor and pianist Joe Hisashi celebrates 35 years of Studio Ghibli. The studio behind Ponyo, Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Monoke and so many more, these two very special nights in London are the perfect present for any film or animation fan.
When: North - 30 - 31 January 2021, South - 5 - 6 June 2021
With inspirational speakers, such as Dame Kelly Holmes, advice from the experts, kit and tech from over 150 well-known and innovative brands, plus a whole range of live features; The National Running Show has it covered whether you're an amateur jogger, casual sprinter, or cross-country powerhouse. At two locations across the year, this is the perfect weekend for any running enthusiast.
When: Until 10 January 2021
From Moulin Rouge and Gremlins, to The Greatest Showman and Frozen 2, give the most magical gift this Christmas with an experience you'll never forget at Backyard Cinema's Snow Kingdom! Peer through Dr Portelli's curiosity shop and, if you're brave enough, pass by the enchanting waterfall to enter the Snow Kingdom where your favourite, festive film, surprises and delicious cocktails await you.
When: 18 March - 7 June
After recently stunning audiences with their touching Black Lives Matter dance tribute on Britain's Got Talent, Diversity have come a long way since winning the hearts of the nation on BGT 10 years ago. With nine sell out tours, over 600,000 tickets sold, and countless live performances, Diversity are ready to wow you all over again at their 2021 Connected tour. Whether you're taking your friends, family, or other half, there's nobody who wouldn't love to see Diversity live.
When: 18 - 20 June 2021
CarFest introduces the newest members of its family...Retro CarFest! The ultimate throwback festival featuring the coolest cars, musical heroes, favourite game shows and good food. Featuring live music from The Lightning Seeds, Soul II Soul, Happy Mondays and more, it's a gift the whole family will cherish!
When: 12 - 13 June, North; 26 - 27 June, West; 11 - 12 Sept, South; 25 - 26 Sept, Midlands.
Whether a gift for the dog lover in your life, or you're wanting to spoil the pup this year...DogFest is the ultimate, pup-tastic day out! With tonnes of fun, lots of adventures within beautiful settings surrounded by dogs, it's the best way to treat the furry friend(s) in your life. Bigger and better than ever with four locations, join a community of dog lovers for activities, shopping and fab food and drink. A great day for you and your four-legged friends.
When: 23 - 24 March 2022
Following a world tour which drew over one million fans to arenas, stadiums and open air sites, Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer returns to the stage for a major upcoming arena tour including two UK shows! Joined by a band, orchestra and choir, Zimmer will be performing compositions from fan-favourites plus some rarely heard pieces. An exciting gift for any music or film lover!
When: 4 - 29 May 2021
With their BBC One talent show Little Mix: The Search well underway, new single 'Sweet Melody' released and 2021 Confetti tour on sale now, there's no better time than to see girl group showstoppers Little Mix live. Whether they're a new fan or since-day-one stan, you can't wrong with tickets to Little Mix this Christmas.
When: 28 April - 9 July 2021
Arguably one of the biggest, if not the biggest, British rock bands, the last decade has been huge for Foals - in particular the last year. 2019 saw two huge albums released, a secret Glastonbury headline slot, Mercury Prize nomination and sold-out UK tour. So why not surprise that rock and indie enthusiast in your life with tickets to one of the must-attend gigs of 2021.
When: 28 - 29 August 2021
Next year, legendary rock band Eagles are bringing their Hotel California tour to London for two nights only! The band will perform the album in its entirety plus a whole host of the band's much-loved, greatest hits. Treat someone special in your live with tickets to a very special moment in history.
When: 30 Nov - 18 Dec 2021
Last month, Take That front-man, composer and singer-songwriter Gary Barlow announce his huge, upcoming Music Played By Humans 2021 tour. Supported by British soul legend Beverley Knight, this tour gives any Take That or Gary fan the very special opportunity to see him up, close and personal. Bound to make someone's year!
When: 14 June - 18 July
They're back after a seven year hiatus! The X-Factor boy-band favourites, JLS, have reunited with their mammoth 'Beat Again' tour, coming to major arenas across the UK next summer and armed with a back catalogue of sing-a-long hits. Join the BRIT Award winners next year - a must have gift for any pop lover!
When: 14 - 15 June 2021
It's been four years since Kings of Leon rocked London but next year, they return to the capital bringing with them a whole host of special guests. Coming to Finsbury Park for two very special nights, these shows follow the release of chart-topping, seventh album 'WALLS' and the band cannot wait to play you this latest album live. Join them, plus Courteeners, Cage The Elephant, Inhaler and more for the ultimate indie rock weekend.
When: 5 - 23 April 2021
It's no wonder Grime heavyweight Stormzy holds the title of first British rapper to win the British Album of the Year BRIT award; as hit-after-hit consistently wins over the hearts of the UK. Empowering in words and action, seeing this musical powerhouse live is a must for any Rap and Grime fan, so why not make that a possibility for the fan in your life with Stormzy tickets this Christmas? Catch him on his massive UK headline arena tour next year!
When: 5 June - 29 August 2021
It's been a huge year for Olly - the winning judge of The Voice UK and England's team captain for Soccer Aid, and it's about to get a whole lot busier! With new music on the way, Olly Murs recently announce a UK arena tour to match - bringing you all his sing-a-long hits plus new tunes in June 2021. The perfect gift for anybody ready to get their dancing shoes on!
When: 10 May - 5 October 2021
Our former Artist of the Month and much-loved post-hardcore idols Enter Shikari have certainly made some waves this year. A firm foundation in British rock, the four-piece recently released sixth studio album 'Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible' to, in great Shikari style, widespread critical acclaim and going straight in at number two on the UK Album Charts. With a huge catalogue of incredible music under their belts, a ticket to Enter Shikari is perfect for any beginner or seasoned rock fan.
When: 10 - 28 September 2021
The 'New Rules' chart-topper brings her electric Future Nostalgia tour across the country next September for what guarantees to be a night top-to-toe with bubble-gum pop hits, impeccable choreography, an all round incredible show and perfect gift. Named after her second album, Dua Lipa is so excited bring the Future Nostalgia experience to you, ready to perform her new hits and old favourites.
When: 12 June - 15 August 2021
With a career spanning sixty years and more than 100 million records sold, a celebration of Tom Jones' outstanding music should be on everybody's bucket list. And you can give that gift, as Sir Tom sets to embark on a seven date, show-stopping UK tour next summer. Known for his hits 'Delilah', 'Sex Bomb', 'She's A Lady' and more, come and celebrate this incredible, long-standing career with Tom.
When: 14 - 27 November 2021
Calling all rock enthusiasts! Whilst in the process of writing their 19th album, rock legends Marillion are here to brighten your 2021 with news of their Light At The End Of The Tunnel UK tour. See them at some of the biggest and most iconic venues across the country next autumn. Give the gift of rocking out this year!
When: 15 November - 3 December 2021
The biggest selling classical artist of the century, Katherine Jenkins OBE is a force to be reckoned with. Having released her 14th studio album 'Cinema Paradiso' earlier this year to critical acclaim, Jenkins' is renowned for her career-spanning catalogue of beautiful, classical hits. Experience a show like no other and treat a loved one to an unforgettable night with tickets to Katherine Jenkins live.
When: 11 August 2021
Our Artist of the Month for November, Gorillaz return to London in 2021 for a very special homecoming show! Widely adored, critically heralded, and have been a staple of the British music scene since the late 90s, the world's biggest virtual band have seven studio albums to their name - having recently released the seventh 'Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez'. Give somebody special the opportunity to see Britain's finest in a rare live setting.
When: 9 October - 6 November 2021
Having wowed the judges and the nation on Britain's Got Talent in 2014, the musical theatre foursome went on to win the show with one of the biggest majorities ever. Their achievements didn't stop there, becoming the world's most successful musical theatre group, scoring number one hit albums, and selling out tours across the world. Next year, they return to bring their inspiring music to you and your loved ones.
When: 28 September - 18 October 2021
With his second album 'Weird!' out in just a few weeks to much-anticipation, Yorkshire-born songwriter, instrumentalist and global superstar Yungblud will take on his biggest UK headline tour next year! Having already sold out to crowds across the world, and played some of the biggest festivals, this is hardly new to the 23 year old pro. Join him across the UK in 2021 - including an epic show at the iconic Alexandra Palace.
When: 3 - 27 May 2021
Just earlier this year we saw Fontaines D.C release their huge, sophomore album 'A Hero's Death' following the critically-acclaimed, debut LP 'Dogrel' and it met every one of our expectations. Hailing from Dublin, 2021 will see the post-punkers embark on English soil for a mammoth, unmissable tour - including a huge night at London's Ally Pally. Many dates have already sold out, so treat yourself or a loved one to one hell of a night.
Festivals and Music Events
When: 17 - 20 June 2021
Nocturne Live is a series of uniquely curated concerts set against the stunning backdrop of Blenheim Palace's iconic Great Court. Taking place 17th-20th June 2021, next summer’s Nocturne Live will see Lionel Richie, Simple Minds, UB40 feat. Ali & Astro and David Gray as headliners for its next edition. Joining them for these one-off concerts are Macy Gray, Deacon Blue, Jimmy Cliff, James Morrison and more.
When: 30 April - 2 May 2021
Liverpool Sound City is back and bigger than ever in 2021! Taking place across multiple venues around the city, expect the very best names in emerging sound - such as Rejjie Snow, Red Rum Club, Jamie Webster and so many more. With three days jam-packed with music to get your teeth round, you can discover your new favourite band at some of the most unusual of places at Liverpool Sound City. The perfect weekend for anyone constantly seeking the coolest and latest artists.
When: 2 April 2021
Celebrating some of the USA's most iconic dance pioneers, Fac51 will see The Hacienda's largest ever event in London! Featuring house music legends Masters At Work Little 'Louie' Vega and Kenny 'Dope' Gozalez; techno trio Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins; plus a very special guest. This is tipped be one of the most exciting events for 2021! Perfect for anyone crazy about dance music, old and new.
When: 2 - 4 July 2021
A three day celebration of jazz, funk, soul and beyond, Love Supreme is widely regarded as one of the top jazz festivals in Europe. Nestled in the idyllic South Downs of East Sussex, the 8th edition of the festival will welcome jazz legends, soul icons and rising stars across its five stages. Love Supreme will take place 2nd - 4th July 2021 with TLC, The Isley Brothers, Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes, Sister Sledge, Candi Staton and Nubya Garcia already announced with many more to come!
When: 28 - 30 May 2021
The North West's biggest indie festival just keeps getting bigger! With headliners Gerry Cinnamon, Ian Brown and Catfish and The Bottlemen confirmed to rock the crowds, they lead a whole host of loved, emerging and new names in rock and indie - such as Sam Fender, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, The Orielles and The Wombats to complete the big weekend.
When: 11 - 15 August 2021
Prepare to be blown away at Bloodstock Festival 2021 as not only are Devin Townsend, Mercyful Fate and Judas Priest headlining, but festival organisers have added another day of rocking for the new year! Joining them are the likes of Saxon, Paradise Lost, Skindred and so many more for a whole weekend of non-stop rocking out. Who wouldn't want a four-day ticket to rock this Christmas? See you there.
When: 19 - 27 June 2021
Join Rock in Rio in the bustling, historic capital of Lisbon to celebrate their 25th anniversary with four amazing headliners. With Foo Fighters, Black Eyed Peas, Duran Duran and Post Malone all championing a night each, there's music to suit everyone at this huge, must-visit festival on the coast. If you're looking to really treat someone this year, a holiday to beautiful Lisbon and rocking festival in one is the way to really push the boat out.
When: 10 - 12 September 2021
The Long Road Festival is a weekend long celebration of Country, Americana and Roots. Spanning three days with music programmed over 5 stages, TLR has announced a preview of their 2021 lineup featuring Brandy Clark, Dale Watson, Sunny Sweeney, Gretchen Peters, Cassadee Pope, Kyle Daniel and many more. The activity-packed weekend ranging from wild swimming, to songwriters workshops, axe throwing, hot dog eating contests and a classic American Motorshow, will whet your appetite before a night of live music and foot-stomping! Plus, attendees can choose from a wide offering of accommodation including glamping, camping and airstreams!
When: 3- 5 September 2021
Sean Paul and Loyle Carner are set to headline Sundown 2021 at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich with the likes of Fredo, Becky Hill, Shy FX and Wilkinson, also joining across the festival weekend next September.
Renowned for its star-studded line-ups spanning grime, R&B, pop, dance, electronica and more, Sundown Festival has become the essential summer closing party, providing one last chance to party in the sunshine with some of the world’s most exciting artists.
When: 12 February - 21 November 2021
You've seen him everywhere recently - whether it's own TV show, The Chris Ramsey Show, the podcast he co-hosts with his wife, Shagged. Married. Annoyed., a guest on a major panel show, or co-hosting The One Show; Chris Ramsey is the man of the moment. So what better time to get the comedy lover in your life tickets to his biggest ever, headline tour!
When: 20 May 2021
Live from Wembley, for one night only a multitude of Britain's finest comedians come together for a Spectacular night of laughs to celebrate, and raise money for, Comic Relief. With all ticket sale profits going to Comic Relief, this star-studded line-up featuring Katherine Ryan, Lenny Henry, Suzi Ruffell, Sindhu Vee and more is guaranteed to be one of the biggest nights in the comedy calendar. For the comedy lover in your life (and for a good cause too!).
When: 10 January - 26 September 2021
Despite having considerable anxiety, multiple phobias and 'piss poor' self esteem, Mark Watson found himself on Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island in 2017. Despite some of his favourite things being comfort, food and safety, he did it and he's here to tell the tale - changing the comedian for the better. Treat your friends to this motivational talk (with jokes!) at one of Watson's shows coming to a city near you soon.
When: 5 March - 1 July 2021
Having recently hit 60, Jenny Eclair is facing a new decade of decrepitude. Now that it takes 20 minutes of scrolling down to find her DOB when she's filling in forms online, should she celebrate or crawl into a hole? Join her across the country on her mammoth 2021 UK tour, the perfect gift to laugh your socks off to.
When: 25 February - 10 July
Following the record-breaking success of his 2017 'Round The World' tour, Russell Howard is back doing what he does best with his new 'Respite' tour. His biggest stand-up tour to date, don't miss Howard trying to make sense of a world that's spinning out of control in 2021. The perfect gift for any comedy lover!
When: 2 March - 19 November 2021
Following his smash hit, sell-out 'U OK Hun? x.' tour in 2018, the voice of Love Island UK is back with more belly laughs at 'Falling Upwards'. Do you ever wonder how people manage to be normal? Iain does. So much so he's written a brand new stand-up show about it. Join Iain as he explores his inability to function in the most basic of public settings... Join Iain in a city near you on his HUGE 59 date tour, perfect for anyone who needs a good cheering-up this year.
When: 29 May 2021
Climate change. Mass unemployment. Economic pandemics. The rise of global fascism. So what the f*** could this man POSSIBLY say to upset you? Welcome to the world of the 'Bombe Shuffleur'. One of Britain's finest comedians Reginald D Hunter returns with a brand-new show, and there's no time for niceties...You've seen him on all the best panel shows and stand-up tours, now see him for yourself live at one of the countries most prestigious venues: Alexandra Palace.
When: Until 28 August 2021
Michael Ball reprises his Olivier Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad alongside star of Have I Got News For You, Paul Merton, as husband Wilbur. The huge-hearted, smash-hit musical arrives at the magnificent London Coliseum from 22 April 2021 for a strictly limited 18-week season. The perfect gift for any musical lover ready to dance their socks off!
When: Until 26 September 2021
Bring your friends and family back to the theatre with Back To The Future: The Musical! Take an electrifying ride back in time next summer with Doc Brown and Marty McFly as the 1985 blockbuster film and pop culture phenomenon arrives in London's West End as a ground-breaking new musical adventure! Treat your loved one this Christmas to the ultimate, time-travelling experience.
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