Festivals are back, and soon enough we’ll all be back baking in the sun while swigging overpriced bears and enjoying acts we’ve barely heard of play songs we kind of like while waiting for our actual favourite bands not to play the one song we really want them to play. Just as God intended.
This Is Tomorrow, Newcastle’s premier indie fest, has not only announced that its 2021 show will go on as planned, but they have also released the newly rearranged full lineup for the festivities.
The response on Twitter to the announcement has been… let’s call it unkind. Most users are griping about a refund, mainly stemming from the removal of acts like Royal Blood and Declan McKenna from the originally announced lineup, but also because former promoting partner SSD Concerts have recently been the subject of a number of sexual harassment, improper payment, and toxic workplace accusations. SSD is no longer involved with This Is Tomorrow, but the effects of those accusations are still lingering.
“The pandemic has caused huge challenges for the live industry in 2020 and 2021 and when the opportunity came up for us to get involved with This Is Tomorrow it was a complete no brainer and a very easy decision for us to make,” said Stuart Galbraith, CEO of Kilimanjaro Live, the festival’s organisers.
“It’s a brilliant festival with huge potential in an area which has been traditionally over-looked as a music market. We’re delighted to be able to get this back in the diary and hope to see everyone in September for what promises to be one hell of a party.”
The line-up for the festival, despite the act of who pulled out, is still very strong. Far Out favourites like Blossoms, Inhaler, and Holly Humberstone are going to be there, as are The Kooks, Circa Waves, Fontaines D.C., and Sea Girls. The headliners are Dermot Kennedy, Gerry Cinnamon, and Sam Fender, which is strange to me because each of them have a better act directly below them on the poster.
This Is Tomorrow will take place September 17th-19th.