The Bath Festival Finale Weekend

Sat 7 - Sun 8 August 2021

The Bath Festival Finale Weekend

Komedia Bath is proud to have teamed-up with Bath Festivals to sell tickets for the festival 2021! The Finale Weekend is taking place at The Bath Recreation Ground, Pulteney Mews, BA2 4DS.

The Finale Weekend is an extravaganza of music, fun and great food, with something for everyone. Two music stages, one spoken word stage and a packed full of fun family zone with craft, workshops, music and storytelling.

There’s no need to go in search of good times next summer – as the party is set to come to Bath. Bath Festivals and Orchard Live are very excited to announce McFly and UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro as the headline acts for The Bath Festival Finale Weekend 2020/ 2021!

This will be the third year that the two-day live music spectacular has been staged at Bath Recreation Ground, in the heart of the city and within walking distance of the train and bus station. The Rec is a fabulous setting with views of Bath’s famous historic architecture and its surrounding green hills. It’s a family-friendly festival with something for all ages.

As well as the main stage there will be bands playing in the Big Top, plus other stages featuring local talent, the spoken word and street theatre. There will be a Kids Zone with live entertainment to keep younger festival-goers entertained. Festival stalls will offer a variety of delicious artisan food and drinks stalls, and there will be bars selling beer and cider.

For 2021 there will be more undercover seating than ever before, where people can meet up with friends and enjoy a range of festival food.

Bath Festivals and music promoters Orchard Live have announced that KT Tunstall, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Seth Lakeman will be among the big names appearing alongside headliners McFly, Scouting for Girls, Billy Ocean and UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, on the main stage at the open-air festival on Bath Recreation Ground over the bank holiday weekend of 23 and 24 May.

The line-up

Chart-toppers McFly will top the bill on the Saturday night, having added Bath to their national tour dates and they will be supported by Scouting for Girls, who have built their reputation as a party band. Joining them on the Saturday will be Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, a favourite on the festival scene.

Also on Saturday are rising stars solo artists Lauran Hibberd and Josh Gray and London four-piece Novacub. Dessie Magee with his band, winner of last year’s Bath Introduces competition, and Bath band Luna Lake will take to the Main Stage earlier in the day.

On Sunday legendary reggae band UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro headline. Ahead of them will be British soul singer Billy Ocean who will be performing some of his classics, such as Caribbean Queen and When the Going Gets Tough.

Acclaimed west country folk musician Seth Lakeman, who last played the Finale Weekend in 2018, will bring his band to the main stage for a high energy set.

Adding to the party atmosphere on the Sunday will be BLOCO B samba troupe from Bristol. The musicians and dancers take part in St Paul Carnival in Bristol, Notting Hill Carnival and the Rio Carnival itself. Honouring the musical traditions of this amazing music BLOCO B challenge you not to move and be moved.

New York’s trio Fun Lovin’ Criminals, featuring frontman Huey Morgan, will bring their unique style and sense of fun to Bath Rec. Also on the line-up are solo artists Hannah Grace and Casey Lowry, Wiltshire based indie trio Port Erin and grunge influenced Life in Mono fronted by Sarah Clayton.

Huey Morgan of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, who is also a BBC Radio 6 Music presenter, now lives in Bath with his family. He says he is really looking forward to playing to the Bath crowd: “My new hometown gets my first new hometown show! Can’t wait.”

The west country music scene will be well represented with some of the finest local acts appearing on the Main Stage and in The Big Top, which will feature a combination of local talent and rising stars from across the UK.  For the first time at the Finale Weekend we’re going to hear from a young choir made up of students from schools across Bath.

Battle of the Bands

There will also be the chance for solo acts and bands to enter Bath Festivals’ annual Bath Introduces talent competition. Acts will battle it out in a series of heats to compete for slots playing the main stage during the Finale Weekend, with the winner receiving the prize of a day’s professional recording at the Real World Studios. Look out on social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @TBFFinale) for more announcements of acts playing more festival stages and details of how to enter Bath Introduces.

The Finale Weekend is supported by sponsors Bath Ales, Novia, Bath BID and Agriframes.

The IMPORTANT small print – please make sure you read this before attending the event. We won’t be to let you enter the ground if you haven’t done so.

THE DO’S AND DON’T’S OF THE BATH FESTIVAL FINALE WEEKEND: CLICK HERE

Bath Festival Finale Covid safety Information

We are delighted that Bath Festival Finale weekend can go ahead this summer. In line with Government advice, please see enclosed our Covid 19 regulations for the event this year to enjoy so all those attending can enjoy a fantastic weekend of music, food, and drink confident in the knowledge that all possible measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of not only those at the event but the wider public at large. We cannot wait to see you on the 7/8th August!

To attend the event this year all those attending over the age of 12 will need to demonstrate they have had a negative lateral flow test 48 hours before attending the festival. Please not this rule applies to each day of the festival. Lateral flow tests are free of charge and very easy to carry out on others or yourself. They can be ordered online https://test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/order-lateral-flow-kits/condition or alternatively if you live in the Bath area https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/rapid-test or in person from most local Pharmacies. You will need to upload the result to the NHS Covid 19 app to shows as proof of a negative test at the entry points to the event. It is very important that you get tested in advance as we will have no testing facilities on site, and you will not be allowed onto the festival site without proof of a Negative test, or you’ve had two doses of the vaccine and proof of.

Alternatively, those who have received two doses of the Covid19 vaccine or have proof of immunity and have uploaded this to the NHS Covid 19 app will also be able to use this to gain entry to the event. Its quick and easy to download the App. Further information on the NHS Covid Pass is here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/ . If you are from outside England and unable to use the app you can go online and order a certificate here https://covid-status.service.nhsx.nhs.uk/ . To assist with track and trace we will also be displaying QR code signage for you to check in at key entry points and around the site.

If you develop Symptoms of Covid 19, test positive or advised via the NHS to self-isolate, please do not attend the event and self-isolate. If you test positive in a Lateral Flow test, please seek a PCR test to verify your result.

To ensure your safety, we will also be introducing additional Hygiene protocols within the event site including freely available hand sanitiser points, more frequent cleaning of surfaces and touchpoints as well as additional cleaning of toilets and hand washing stations in the vicinity of the toilet blocks. We have also altered the design of the site so the movement and flows of people are greatly improved as well as entry and egress protocols. The good news is this is an outdoor event, and it is proven that transmission is significantly reduced in outdoor settings.

In addition to those mitigations above, we are also putting in place stringent Covid Rules for all our staff, crew, and vendors on site.

Whilst travelling to the event, if you are on public transport or in crowded areas you can help yourself and others by wearing a mask. When queuing outside the venue please also consider wearing a mask and give your fellow attendees plenty of space if it is possible to do so.

We’re so happy that you will be able to come out and enjoy what promises to be fantastic weekend with us. Please be patient, helpful and kind to your fellow festival goers, we are all in this together!

We hope that in putting in place these mitigations you can attend the event with full confidence you will be comfortable and safe. We will continue to make updates as they occur, so please keep an eye on the Bath Festival website, as well as your emails and social media.

Thank you. The Bath Festival Finale team.


Junior tickets are for those aged under 16. A ticket holding adult over the age of 18 must accompany all under 16’s. Under 5’s go for free but must be ticketed.

Komedia Bath is proud to have teamed-up with Bath Festivals to sell tickets for the 2020 & 2021 festival!

The Finale Weekend is taking place at The Bath Recreation Ground, Pulteney Mews, BA2 4DS.

Tickets are available for both single days as well as a weekend bundle option.

For terms and conditions please click HERE

This event has been rescheduled from August 2020. All customers have been contacted regarding the rearrangement.