Festival with a difference to be staged at Nottinghamshire venue in June

Organisers of the new Unlocked Fest are planning for it take place from June 18 to 20 at Newark Showground.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 12:00 am

Sociably distanced pods, for up to four or six people, will fill the festival’s main arena.

Against the backdrop of a huge main stage, it will include a state-of-the-art lighting, sound and video package.

The event has a line-up crammed full of the UK’s biggest tracks from the 80s, 90s and noughties, performed by a combination of original and tribute artists.

An artist's impression of the newly designed festival site for Unlocked Fest.

It will bring together a mix of well-known headliners, top DJs and tribute acts. Headliners already confirmed include a unique festival set from the Ministry of Sound Classical, The Feeling and Inner City. The line-up also features Go West, Space, Dario G, Craig Charles, Five, Phats & Small, Sonia, Republica and Big Brovaz.

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Festival director Steve Yeardsley explained the new format and what festival goers can expect: “Our priority is to keep everyone absolutely safe whilst delivering an incredible festival.

“We were always going to have more space than you’d normally expect, the intention is for it to feel a bit more luxurious than your average festival hence the playlist vibe to the line-up, artisan food and drinks, spacious campsites, parking nearby etc.…it will be a boutique event set against the backdrop of an amazing stage showcasing great music.

“We’ve been planning for different scenarios ever since we launched Unlocked Fest back in October 2020.

“With venue and artist availability the least flexible part of our plans, the June 21 date announcement meant transitioning to a socially distanced format was the only real option.

“Festival goers will head to a ‘pod’, essentially a designated area in the arena, when they arrive and that will become their spot for the day.

“Adjacent pods will be two metres away, so they’ll feel completely safe. We’re also going completely cashless so all payments will be contactless which adds another of safety.”

All weekend tickets come complete with free camping, relevant to the ticket type purchased, with prices starting from £561 for a pod for up to four people. Individual day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday are also available.

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