Festivals 2020
Festivals 2020

Summer 2020 Events That've Gone Online

June's normally when festival season truly begins, but we all know it's going to be a bit different this year. That doesn't mean we have to miss out, though. Here are some of the biggest and most unusual names that are mixing things up and offering alternative online and virtual events for Summer 2020.

 

 

Online Music Festivals

One of the great things about music festivals taking place online? The toilets are guaranteed to be much cleaner! In fact, without the fuss of getting there and setting up your tent, and the inevitable muddy, hungover journey home afterwards, we could get used to this new festival format.

Glasthomebury

Glastonbury

Glasthomebury

The UK’s most iconic music festival was set to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. The epic party at Worthy Farm has been pushed back to next year, but a Facebook event dubbed ‘Glasthomebury’ is encouraging everyone to camp at home, watch live music and raise money for those who have been affected most by lockdown. The BBC is also celebrating Glastonbury over the June weekend across radio, TV and online. 

Lost Village Festival

Lost Village Festival

Lost Village Festival

Lost Village counters the “Disneyfication” of music festivals with a darker, more mysterious aesthetic. Hidden in the woods, the festival features predominantly dance and disco music genres, and although this year’s festival has been put on hold, the organisers have released live recordings from past events to get us in the party mood. From Four Tet to Mr Scruff and Nightmares on Wax, it’s time to dust off your dancing shoes.
 

Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds

The company responsible for some of the coolest and most intimate gigs across London has risen to the challenges of lockdown admirably. Sofar Sounds are supporting their community of artists with the Sofar Listening Room. Tune in every day as artists around the world host live performances from their own living rooms, straight into yours. 
 

Online Cultural Events

There’s one thing the arts have always been good at, and that’s responding to the current circumstances. Whatever you usually pack into your summer schedule, you’re sure to find an online alternative.
 

Film Festivals

Film Festivals

Film Festivals

Your screen time might have gone up in recent weeks, but these virtual events are a class above Netflix. The people who brought us Secret Cinema have launched Secret Sofa, so you can have an immersive cinematic experience from home! If Horror is your thing, check out Grimmfest TV – a streaming platform dedicated to frightening film. Missing movies with mates? Give Viral Film Festival a try; every Thursday they choose a film and tell you where to find it, then host live chat and analysis from their Instagram page
 

Theatre shows

Theatre

Theatre shows

London’s theatres haven’t let empty seats put them off performing. The National Theatre is streaming live performances on its YouTube channel, as is Shakespeare’s Globe, while Soho Theatre and the RSC have their own on-demand services. The Royal Opera House is even getting on board, streaming past operas and ballets on their YouTube channel. 
 

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

If you’ve come over all green-fingered while staying at home, you’ll be pleased to hear that the biggest event in the botanical calendar went virtual this year. Catch up online, with video tours from the gardens of Chelsea designers to expert tips and advice from some of the most renowned garden designers. Perfect timing now that garden centres have reopened! 
 

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

summer solstice at stonehenge

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Always wanted to witness the summer solstice at Stonehenge? Now you can – virtually! The summer solstice sun set will be streamed live on 21st June. Feed your inner pagan and celebrate the longest day of the year at one of England’s most incredible historic sites. 
 

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