Sam Fender, Dermot Kennedy To Headline 2021 ‘This Is Tomorrow’ Festival

The Newcastle-based event will also include Gerry Cinnamon, Blossoms, Inhaler, The Lathums and more.

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Sam Fender, Gerry Cinnamon and Dermot Kennedy will headline ‘This Is Tomorrow’ 2021 – check out the line-up below.

Having been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis last year, the festival will return to Newcastle’s Exhibition Park between September 17-19. Weekend and day tickets go on sale tomorrow (May 27) at 10am BST.

Joining the aforementioned headliners on the bill are the likes of Blossoms, Pale Waves, The Kooks, Fontaines D.C., Nadine Shah, Tom Walker, Inhaler, Holly Humberstone and The Lathums.

‘This Is Tomorrow’ is no longer promoted by SSD Concerts after allegations of employee mistreatment were made against the North East-based company earlier this year. Kilimanjaro Live is promoting the festival in 2021.

“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 Kilimanjaro Live’s CEO, Stuart Galbraith.

“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.’’

Headliner Sam Fender is yet to follow up on his acclaimed, UK chart-topping debut album Hypersonic Missiles (2019), although his return to the stage this summer suggests new music is on the horizon. The North Shields singer-songwriter also will play Reading & Leeds in August.

Prior to releasing his festive “Winter Song” cover last year, Fender told NME that he’d “written the songs” for his second record but was yet to start recording.

He did, however, perform a selection of new tracks during his socially distanced gigs in Newcastle last summer – including the standalone single “Hold Out”.

Listen to the best of Sam Fender.

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