Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you'll no doubt be aware that those lingering COVID restrictions we're all way too familiar with now, look set to be with us for a little while longer just yet - until Monday 21st June to be exact (we're not counting the days, you are). It's a date that seems so near and yet, so far away...
We don't know about you, but we've found ourselves compelled to make plans ready for the big release in the summer, and believe us when we say - we've got some HUGE plans. But what is there to do until that marvellous date of freedom comes knocking?
If you simply can't hack another weekend of festering in front of the TV, we're here to provide you with some rather excellent news.
There are some amazing socially distanced events - including live music shows and a varied selection of food and drink festivals - scheduled to take place as early as May, with tickets now available to buy!
Take a browse through our top ten selection of COVID compliant events happening through the spring and summer, listed below, and grab yourself a ticket or two while you can.
Attend a real life event, with other real life people and real life entertainment, before the ease of all remaining restrictions this June.
Click on the event titles for tickets and more...
Social Circle - Skream + Support | Manchester
When: Friday 21st May 2021
Where: Victoria Warehouse in Stretford
VW Music and JBM Music present one of the UK's favourite dance music selectors, Skream live at Manchester's Victoria Warehouse this May.
Performing on one of many upcoming events scheduled to take place at the venue, as part of the socially distanced series - Social Circle, the seasoned DJ will headline the COVID safe party with support from a host of yet-to-be-announced, special guests.
Catch one of the best in the business working the venues monstrous in-house sound system on Friday 21st May. Act fast and get your tickets now below...
Find tickets for Social Circle with Skream here
The Knowsley Social presents The LGBT Social | Prescot
When: Saturday 5th June 2021
Where: The Knowsley Social Knowsley Safari in Prescot
The UK's biggest COVID secure venue, The Knowsley Social will host an extravagant party this June, to promote awareness of the LGBT+ community through first class entertainment.
Heading up the bill on this inclusive party, punters can expect to witness a variety of live drag acts - including star of Ru Pauls Drag Race Miss Cheryl Hole - as well pop stars and international artists - the likes of S Club and Amelia Lily - all performing under the big top tent.
For ridiculous, belly-aching humour and some of the best live music found anywhere in the UK, head to Knowsley Safari Park on Saturday 5th June for an all-embracing celebration of diversity.
Find tickets for The LGBT Social at The Knowsley Social here
Social Avenue presents WAH with Bou, Dillinja, Disrupta & more
When: Friday 18th June 2021
Social Avenue in collaboration with Worried About Henry will showcase some of the most sought after names in the UK's drum n bass scene, at Manchester's BEC Arena this June.
Taking over the massive capacity events space, located just outside the city centre, headline acts Bou, Dillinja, Disrupta, Kaz and Haribo will put the venues foundations to the test, playing only the hardest and heaviest drum n bass bangers through huge sound system rigs.
We fully expect this event to sell out. Grab your tickets now or risk disappointment.
Find tickets for Do Not Sleep at Social Avenue here
Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club | Manchester
When: Friday 11th June 2021
Where: Albert Hall Manchester
The Scouse funk and soul legend, Craig Charles brings his socially distanced club show to Manchester's historic Albert Hall this June.
The adored actor, 6 Music radio host and popular TV presenter will provide the city's many music loving inhabitants, with an evening full of the finest cuts from past and present, funk and soul greats.
Find tickets for Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club here
Liverpool Disco Festival Garden Party | Liverpool
When: Sunday 2nd May 2021
Where: Brick Street in Liverpool
Taking place over the early bank holiday weekend in May, join the Liverpool Disco Festival at the Brick Street bar and venue in the city's Baltic Triangle district for disco garden party.
Running from 2pm - 11pm, those attendance can expect to dance through day and night, with performances coming from DJs the likes of The Mighty Zaf (Love Vinyl London / Monton Records), Morgan (LDF/Hustle), Jimmy Allen and Darryl Marsden.
Tickets for this bank holiday bash are selling fast! Get yours now, below...
Find tickets for the Liverpool Disco Festival Garden Party here
DnB Brunch Presents DnB BIG BBQ | London
When: Saturday 8th May 2021
Where: The Cause Ashley House in London
Londons biggest, socially distanced, outdoor BBQ and drum n bass event returns this year, for a jam-packed day of sunshine (hopefully), bottomless cocktails (definitely), vibes and D'n'B.
Join artists Technimatic, Fabio, Artificial Intelligence and more in Costa Del Tottenham this summer, at The Cause in North London, for a day of dancing, eating and drinking.
Find tickets for the DnB BIG BBQ here
The Knowsley Social presents The Ibiza Philharmonic | Prescot
When: Friday 28th May 2021
Where: The Knowsley Social Knowsley Safari in Prescot
Grab 6 of your best pals and head north to the Knowsley Safari Park in Prescot, for a special live music experience on Friday 28th May.
Presented by The Knowsley Social, witness the Ibiza Philharmonic Orchestra performing renditions of your favourite Ibiza anthems, alongside dance legends Brandon Block, Josh Samuel and many more.
Merging high tempos with massive string and brass arrangements, and even bigger stage production, this extraordinary event will have you reliving memories of times spent in the clubs on the infamous White Isles.
Find tickets for The Ibiza Philharmonic at The Knowsley Social here
Social Avenue presents Cuckoo Land with Hannah Wants | Manchester
When: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June 2021
Where: Social Avenue in Trafford Park
Social Avenue will commandeer one of Manchester's many city car parks, transforming it into a safe and exclusive rave space ready for the arrival of punters and headline act, hard-hitting house virtuoso - Hannah Wants this June.
Scheduled to run over two dates (12th and 13th), the events will see the world renowned DJ rocking the crowds at the open-air venue, with support from a selection of established and upcoming names, yet to be announced.
Expect huge brands partnerships and DJ’s of all dance music genres throughout the forthcoming weekend event and beyond.
Find tickets for Hannah Wants at Social Avenue here
Pro-ject Open-Air Festival | Worcester
When: Saturday 22nd May 2021
Where: Sixways Stadium in Worcester
Pro-ject Open-Air Festival is set to return to the Sixways Stadium in Worcester this May for an all-out dance event.
Boasting performances from some of the biggest names in the game, representing a variety of dance music genres - such as Hot Creations affiliate, Sooney and Ministry of Sound artist, Jay Newman - as well as licensed bar and a choice of street food options, this COVID safe event is a must for those looking for an opportunity to rave.
An exclusive after party is being organised for this event. Watch this space for more details.
Find tickets for Pro-ject Open-Air Festival in Worcester here
Open Arms / Digbeth Dining Club | Warwick
When: Friday 28th May 2021 (more dates available here)
Where: Warwick Castle in Warwick
Following a hugely successful 12-week run of sold out events last summer, Britains largest and most impressive beer garden returns to the stunning grounds of Warwick castle this April.
Join hundreds of other passionate foodies and tipplers at the unique setting of this amazing COVID compliant event. Sample award-winning street food and taste the finest local ales and cocktails, all within the open and welcoming arms of the historic castles keep.
Find tickets for Open Arms / Digbeth Dining Club at Warwick Castle here
For more Socially Distanced events happening where you are this year, click here.
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