While in 2020 we have had to sacrifice gigs, concerts and festivals for livestreams in our sitting rooms, there is plenty to look forward to in 2021 with the news of a coronavirus vaccine on the horizon… 

Here at Culture we're taking a look at some of the biggest and best live events that have been rescheduled for 2021 so you can start looking forward to the year ahead. 

Harry Styles 

While many Harry Styles fans were left heartbroken upon hearing the news that his concert for April 2020 in the 3Arena was cancelled, but fear not as the gig has been rescheduled for March 2021. They say that good things come to those who wait and it’s certain that Styles will provide his fans with a stellar performance when the time comes. It is advisable to listen to his most recent album Fine Line, because you can almost guarantee that every person at the concert will know every word to every song. In the meantime, as Styles would say, "treat people with kindness." 

Celine Dion 

If there was ever a year that we needed to hear Celine Dion perform her most recent album Courage it was 2020… but alas, that wasn’t to be and instead we must wait until April 2021. Dion’s return to Dublin promises to be a dazzling spectacle, particularly due to the sentimental value associated with the city, it being the location of her 1988 Eurovision Song Contest win for Switzerland at the RDS. While the wait has been a struggle, our hearts will go on… 

Stormzy 

British rap sensation Stormzy was set to play in Dublin this year as part of his H.I.T.H World Tour which has since been rescheduled for April 2021. In 2019 the artist released his highly anticipated album Heavy is The Head, which brilliantly melded the theme of activism within his community with his music. Stormzy is the type of rapper that everyone loves, even your mother, no? just mine then... so expect his concert to be a thoroughly enjoyable, high energy experience. 

Brockhampton 

Brockhampton, the boyband unlike other boybands, are set to perform in the Olympia Theatre in May 2021. The band have previously performed to Irish audiences in sold-out shows at The Helix and Longitude music festival, so they are no strangers to the island. Be warned though, a Brockhampton concert is a high energy affair so bring appropriate clothing and prepare for mosh pits...

Wild Roots Festival 

If there’s one thing that Sligo has been missing out on so far it’s an indie festival akin to the likes of Sea Session or Knockanstockan. Luckily these calls have been answered with Wild Roots, a music, performing arts and adventure festival, set to take place from the end of April to the beginning of May 2021. See acts such as James Morrison, The Kaiser Chiefs, Soda Blonde, Damien Dempsey and Blindboy under the shadow of Benbulben. For more information on the festival, visit here

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Guns N’ Roses 

Originally set to play Ireland in June 2020, Guns N’ Roses have postponed their gig until June 2021 in Marlay Park due to coronavirus restrictions across Europe. After having shook Slane Castle back in 1992 and 2017, they’re back for another unrivalled live performance. An outdoor summer gig in Ireland can only mean one of two things; rain, mud and wellies, or sunshine, sunburn and drinks, so prepare for both eventualities with this gig! 

The Script 

Irish band The Script are set to play to a packed house of HSE/NHS staff and frontline workers in June 2021. The gig is a special thank you from the band to all of those who have worked so hard to look after the people on the island of Ireland as we battle through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Expect an electric and emotionally charged gig from The Script as they play to a home audience. 

Galway International Arts Festival 

Heineken Big Top, in conjunction with Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh, have rescheduled their 2020 concerts until July 2021. The concerts will be held in the heart of Galway on NUIG campus, straight across from the Galway cathedral and will include top-class acts such as the Pixies, The Stunning, The Academic, Kaiser Chiefs and Sinéad O’Connor. If you’re still on the staycation buzz next year, why not make a trip out of it and head to the Heineken Big Top for a summer session of great music! 

Dermot Kennedy

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Next August, Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy will perform live from Malahide Castle to what will no doubt be a full house. Although there have been few live gigs this year, 2020 has been big for Kennedy with the release of his album Without Fear and a live performance with Paul Mescal in the Natural History Museum in London as part of the Some Summer Night series. Kennedy has gone from strength to strength over the past few years so expect big things from his gig at Malahide Castle. 

Dua Lipa 

While many people were looking forward to seeing pop sensation Dua Lipa perform in the 3Arena this June, they will now have to wait until September 2021. Lipa’s album Future Nostalgia was the sound of lockdown this year, providing us with the energy and motivation we needed to get out of the house and run within 2km’ of our homes so prepare yourself to see it performed live as it will certainly be a spectacle. 

Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra 

Jools Holland certainly knows how to put on a show, and for his October 2021 gig in the 3Arena it will certainly be worth the wait as he is joined by his rhythm and blues orchestra and special guest, Eddi Reader. 

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While we’re all looking forward to attending live gigs and festivals again in 2021, please note that none of the above dates are set in stone and will be assessed based on public health guidelines at the time.