We're back this summer!

McFLY to headline Newark Festival on Saturday 21st August

We are delighted to confirm that Ellis Mather presents Newark Festival will go ahead this summer and will take place on Saturday 21 August 2021 with favourites McFly joined by special guests Gabrielle, Vernon Kay and Lemar.

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 our community, friends and family in a fun, safe and secure environment. Changes to the line-up, due to availability and to the date of the festival have been made, with an expanded line up and the festival now taking place on one day for this year, 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 FAQ’s section which will have full details on how to claim your ticket(s). FAQ’s can also be found by clicking here

Ticket Prices:

Adult Premier Tickets - £75

Child Premier Tickets - £35

Adult Gold Tickets - £45

Child Gold Tickets - £25

Adult General Admission - £27.50

Child General Admission - £12.50

Accessible Tickets - £27.50

All tickets are subject to a booking & postage fee.

Gates open at 3pm (subject to change)

One of the most successful chart acts of their era, 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 are without question one of the most significant British pop acts of the twenty-first century.

On confirming that they will headline the festival 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!’

Joining McFly is Gabrielle. 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, notably ‘Out Of Reach’ (which featured in ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’), ‘If You Ever’ (with East 17) and ‘Give Me A Little More Time’. More recently, her new Album Do It Again charted at No.4 in the UK album charts.

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.

And completing your 2021 Festival line up is Tottenham born singer, songwriter and producer – Lemar. Initially rising to fame after finishing third on the first series of British talent show Fame Academy, went on to release five studio albums. Lemar's double-platinum debut album Dedicated. was released in November 2003 and contained the successful singles "Dance (With U)", "50/50" and "Another Day", all of which charted in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. His most successful single, "If There's Any Justice", which peaked at number 3 and spent four months in the UK Singles Chart was from his second album – Time to Grow.

“We are thrilled to be announcing the line-up for Ellis Mather Presents Newark Festival 2021. The festival is one of the highlight’s 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 Park in August. The strong revised line up means we’re going to have such party, and although we have had to condense the festival into a one day event, I know the Newark public will make this one of the best Festival’s yet! Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE – Liz Hobbs Group CEO.

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, it is brilliant that it is returning after the loss of live music over the last year due to the coronavirus.

This year’s Festival has a fantastic line up and I am sure will bring a much needed dose of entertainment and normality back to our lives.

The Newark Festival is the ‘anchor’ and highlight of the summer events programme for the town and enables us to attract visitors who, in turn, spend in our shops, bars, restaurants and overnight accommodation. Our town centre is outstanding and we want more and more people to come and discover Newark and contribute to our economy. 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 ”

Accessible Tickets Purchase Information:

A limited number of Accessible tickets will be available on a first come first served basis and will be available to purchase directly through Ticketweb on T. 08444 771000. For existing bookings or to amend, T. 0333 3219990.

Partnership Opportunities

Want to become a Festival Partner?

The 2021 edition of Newark Festival see Ellis Mather Group return as its naming rights partner, with the Tuxford based e-commerce and magnet specialists joining long standing festival partners Newark Town Council, Liz Hobbs Group, and local businesses Barcode Warehouse, and Newark College.

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 lineup, we know everyone is going to have a blast and we’re excited to see everyone back enjoying music in the best way – live!”

Various Partnership opportunities are available for corporate and business engagement. For further information please contact

All partnership opportunities can be found by clicking here