Newark Festival 2021

Newark Festival 2021

Ellis Mather Presents Newark Festival will go ahead this summer on Saturday 21 August 2021 with favourites McFly joined by special guests Gabrielle, Vernon Kay and Lemar.
 |  Katie Hogg  |  Made Events

Following disappointment that the 2020 festival was unable to take place due to COVID restrictions, organisers have been working to ensure a 2021 festival date will go ahead. The festival has always been about uniting the community, friends and family in a fun, safe and secure environment. 


Whilst previous festivals have taken place over three days, this year’s event had been condensed into one day with an expanded line-up and will now take place on Saturday 21 August 2021. If you purchased a ticket for the 2020 festival (either the Friday or the Saturday), it remains current for this year’s event, all you need to do is show up and your ticket will still be valid. In addition, anyone who has purchased a ticket already, as a thank you for your loyalty, you are invited to purchase a second ticket at half price for a limited time. To redeem your discounted ticket – please visit the official Newark Festival website:

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE – Liz Hobbs Group CEO said:

“We are thrilled to be announcing the line-up for Ellis Mather Presents Newark Festival 2021. The festival is one of the highlights of the summer for us and we missed it terribly last year – as I’m sure the rest of Newark did! We can’t wait to see all the smiling faces, and the fun we all have at Riverside Parkin August." 

Alan Mellor, Town Clerk said: “The Town Council is delighted to once again support the Newark Festival. Since its return in 2012 the Festival has become one of the highlights of the town’s cultural calendar. The Newark Festival is the ‘anchor’ and highlight of the summer events programme for the town and enables us to attract visitors. The Festival provides an opportunity for us to showcase our beautiful town to visitors from across the region. I would thank the local community for supporting the Festival over the last few years and hopefully this support will continue this year and we can make it a memorable  and successful event.” 

Matthew Ellis-Mather, Managing Director of Ellis Mather Group said:

“We are beyond ecstatic to be returning this year, bringing the local community together for another amazing and memorable festival after what has been a challenging time for so many. With our fantastic line-up, we know everyone is going to have a blast and we’re excited to see everyone back enjoying music in the best way –live!” 

Tickets and details for 'Ellis Mather presents Newark Festival', Sat 21 Aug 21 are available at:

The Line-Up 


McFly will headline this year’s festival. With seven UK number-one singles, six top-ten albums, six sell-out tours, four million tickets and ten million albums sold worldwide, McFly said ‘We’re stoked to be playing Newark Festival this summer, we’re desperate to get out and play to our fans! Whilst we’ve been trying to keep in contact with our fans online, nothing’s the same as being on stage! Bring it on – see you in August!’ 


Tottenham born singer, songwriter and producer – Lemar. Lemar has notched up an impressive seven top 10 singles and has well over two million album sales under his belt. A double Brit Award and triple MOBO Award winner who has shared the stage with many of music’s greats, from Lionel Richie & Beyonce to Mariah Carey & Justin Timberlake. His most notable singles include, “Dance With You”, “50/50”, “Time To Grow” and "If There's Any Justice". 


The Masked Singer Star made an immediate impact when her debut single ‘Dreams’ spent three weeks at #1 in the summer of 1993. Her second #1 single, ‘Rise’, followed in 2000 and was embraced by fans as an anthem that helped them inspire them to keep the faith that better days would follow in the future. Her catalogue of hits includes a further eight Top 10 hits. More recently, her new Album Do It Again charted at No.04 in the UK album charts. 

Vernon Kay 

Vernon Kay will entertain the Festival Family with a DJ set. A huge personality of TV, and Radio, Vernon will play some of the 80’s and 90’s classics to really get the festival party started. 

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