Global Lung Stent Market to be Driven by the Increasing Prevalence of Lung Cancer and Chronic Respiratory Disorders Worldwide, Along with Patient’s Increasing Preference for Minimally Invasive Procedures in the Forecast Period of 2021-2026

The new report by Expert Market Research titled, ‘Global Lung Stent Market Report and Forecast 2021-2026’, gives an in-depth analysis of global lung stent market, assessing the market based on its types, materials, products, end-uses and major regions. The report tracks the latest trends in the industry and studies their impact on the overall market. It also assesses the market dynamics, covering the key demand and price indicators, along with analysing the market based on the SWOT and Porter’s Five Forces models.

The key highlights of the report include:

Market Overview (2016-2026)

Historical Market Size (2020): USD 86.75 million
Forecast CAGR (2021-2026): 6%
Forecast Market Size (2026): USD 116 million

Growing endoscopic therapy adoption and rising minimally invasive surgery preference. Research and development (R&D) funding for innovation of novel non-vascular stents is spurring the adoption of airway stenting. Additionally, increasing funding on healthcare infrastructure is further promoting the development of well equipped, well-furnished, and advanced healthcare facilities.

Industry Definition and Major Segments

A stent is a hollow pipe that enables the user to breathe better. It can be put into the airway to widen the narrowed passageway.

The global lung stent industry can be broadly categorised based on segments like:


Tracheobronchial Stents
Laryngeal Stents


Metal Stents
Nitinol Stents
Stainless Steel Stents
Silicone Stents
Hybrid Stents


Self-Expandable Stents
Non-Expandable Stents


Ambulatory Surgery Centres

The regional markets for the product include North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.

Market Trends

Simple repositioning and removal of silicone stents, increased hardness, high mechanical strength, and improved flexibility are the characteristics that distinguish this sector from the others. Also advantageous are the fact that these stents are inexpensive, well-tolerated, and possess sufficient strength to withstand extrinsic compression. As a result, the use of these stents is expanding at an unprecedented rate.

The highest share of this market is projected in North America. The dominant position of North America is due mainly to the presence of a number of major hospitals, solid healthcare facilities, increased disease prevalence, growing elderly population and higher health care costs.

Key Market Players

The major players in the market are Boston Scientific Corporation, (NYSE: BSX), Taewoong Medical Co., Ltd., Micro-Tech (Nanjing) Co., Ltd., Bess Aktiengesellschaft (Bess AG), E. Benson Hood Laboratories, Inc., Merit Medical Systems, Inc., Cook Group, Efer Endoscopy and among others. The report covers the market shares, capacities, expansions, investments and mergers and acquisitions, among other latest developments of these market players.

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2021 NFL season preview: Ranking all eight divisions

The best thing about the NFL is its devotion to parity. Since the league expanded to eight divisions in 2002, there have only been two seasons (2014 and ’19) in which a team did not go from worst to first. It’s those very dynamics that make the sport so attractive to fans who believe that all they need is a few good breaks for their favorite teams to rise to the top. Just ask the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who signed Tom Brady last offseason and won a Super Bowl after 12 years without a postseason appearance.

This year the competition in the league will be just as stiff, so much so that ranking the divisions from top to bottom feels like a tougher exercise than usual. There shouldn’t be much doubt about who belongs at the top (where the NFC West has four legitimate playoff contenders) or the bottom (where the NFC East crowned the Washington Football Team as its 2020 champion after a 7-9 regular season). It’s all the other divisions in between that create the challenge. They are so close in overall talent that it’s hard to separate them at first glance.

That’s why we do stories like these — to provide some critical perspective. There surely will be plenty of people who’ll debate the choices involved in this list, but they can offer their own selections in another space. Here’s how the divisions break down in quality based on the humble opinions of this particular writer.

1) NFC West

THE GOOD: This is the only division, in my opinion, where every team has a shot at the postseason. The San Francisco 49ers should be much improved now that they’ll have key playmakers returning from injuries. The Los Angeles Rams still have a tough defense led by All-Pros Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, while their offense will receive a major upgrade in talent with Matthew Stafford replacing Jared Goff at quarterback. Let’s not forget the Seattle Seahawks won this division last season with a 12-4 record while the Arizona Cardinals challenged for a playoff spot. This division has star power, exceptional coaching and the deepest collection of challengers to Tampa Bay’s hopes of repeating as Super Bowl champs.

THE BAD: San Francisco sorely needs quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to stay healthy — which has been an issue in the past — or rookie Trey Lance to be really good. The fact that head coach Kyle Shanahan hasn’t named a Week 1 starter yet means Lance is either playing his way into the job or the 49ers aren’t as sold on the idea of sticking with Garoppolo as long as possible. Getting this decision right obviously is a major factor in where this team goes. The Rams have the stars, but they feel like a top-heavy team now that some key role players have departed in free agency and they haven’t drafted in the first round since 2016. The Seahawks have to prove they can play high-level defense once again after an atrocious 2020 campaign. The Cardinals, on the other hand, have to continue growing up as quickly as they possibly can.

THE BOTTOM LINE: All these teams could win at least 10-to-11 games, with three (the 49ers, Rams and Seahawks) having the potential to reach the NFC Championship Game.

2) AFC North

THE GOOD: It says plenty about the strength of the AFC North when last year’s champion went 12-4 and is now the third-best team in the division. Say what you will about the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they’re still employing one of the top coaches in the business (Mike Tomlin) and that defense has some of the best young playmakers in the game (outside linebacker T.J. Watt, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and inside linebacker Devin Bush, who’s returning from a torn ACL). The Cleveland Browns have built one of the best rosters in football. They used the draft and free agency to load up on athletic players to improve a mediocre defense, while quarterback Baker Mayfield has learned to maximize all the talent around him on offense. The Baltimore Ravens also know their window to win a Super Bowl with this current core won’t stay open forever. They’ve given quarterback Lamar Jackson plenty of weapons to bolster the passing game. Now he has to make that dream a reality.

THE BAD: The Cincinnati Bengals still have a long way to go. Ben Roethlisberger’s ability to perform at a high level remains very much in question after the way he faded down the stretch last season. As much as there is to like about the Browns’ new additions on defense, those players still have to get it done on the field. As for Jackson, he’s already rankled some folks by being caught on video participating in WR and DB drills on a basketball court with kids in Florida earlier this offseason and then testing positive for COVID-19 at the start of training camp. He risked injury in the former incident and missed time to recover in the latter, which was his second bout with the virus. Upon his return, he would not say he’d get vaccinated, a decision that could end up costing him and his team during the season.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The Browns look like the biggest threat to the Kansas City Chiefs for AFC supremacy, while the Ravens could also be in that conversation if Jackson turns the corner as a quality passer.

3) AFC East

THE GOOD: It’s hard to see the Buffalo Bills declining anytime soon, fresh off their first division title in 25 years. Josh Allen has blossomed into a Pro Bowl quarterback and he’ll once again lead an offense loaded with playmakers. The Miami Dolphins missed the playoffs despite winning 10 games a season ago; they should be even hungrier this fall. And you knew there was no way Bill Belichick was going to put another collection of underwhelming talent on the field after the New England Patriots missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He went on a wild shopping spree in free agency, one that landed more difference-makers on both sides of the football. The Pats will be back in the mix. You can bet on that.

THE BAD: There are still questions about a Bills defense that struggled to pressure quarterbacks last season. That’s a fatal flaw when trying to keep pace with a certain signal-caller in Kansas City. The Dolphins are saying a lot of positive things about second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, but he has to develop and stay healthy. The Pats turned plenty of heads with all those new additions in the offseason. However, we also know that free-agent spending doesn’t always lead to the desired results. There’s bound to be some growing pains in New England, no matter who’s under center. And then there are the New York Jets, who’ve already lost defensive end Carl Lawson to a season-ending injury while linebacker Jarrad Davis is out for about a couple months with an ankle injury. Those were two of their biggest free-agent acquisitions this offseason. Ugh.

THE BOTTOM LINE: This division is the most intriguing because of the what-if factor. The Bills are good enough to return to the AFC title game. The question is what Miami and New England can do, which really comes down to their quarterback play. If both teams find consistency under center, this division will be a monster.

4) NFC South

THE GOOD: The team that just won the Super Bowl resides in this division. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have all their starters back and are committed to a repeat. Oh yeah — Tom Brady is their quarterback. Enough about that. It’s easy to forget now that the New Orleans Saints actually won the NFC South last season, beating the Bucs convincingly both times during the regular season before being ousted by Tampa Bay in the postseason. They’ll miss retired quarterback Drew Brees, but head coach Sean Payton still has enough key pieces to keep this team in the double-digit-wins category.

THE BAD: The Saints could be a ticking time bomb, particularly with all the smoke that’s been surrounding wide receiver Michael Thomas and the franchise. Payton also has to prove he can get enough out of whomever he chooses as his next quarterback — either Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill — to keep his typically prolific offense humming. With Thomas expected to miss the start of the season, the Saints don’t have many great weapons on offense beyond Alvin Kamara and there’s bound to be a leadership void on that side of the ball, as well. As for the rest of the division, the Atlanta Falcons are trying to rebuild on the fly, while the Carolina Panthers are hoping Sam Darnold can be much more than he was with the Jets.

THE BOTTOM LINE: This division would be ranked much lower if the Bucs weren’t playing in it. It’s hard to see Tampa Bay losing to any NFC South rivals this year.

UPDATE: The Saints are expected to name Winston their starting QB, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

5) AFC West

THE GOOD: The Kansas City Chiefs are the most electric team in football. Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback and brightest star in the league. The Chiefs’ offense should continue to be prolific, while their defense might be better than expected. There is more depth at cornerback, more athleticism at linebacker and more potential disruption up front (with defensive tackle Jarran Reed added via free agency and Pro Bowler Chris Jones alternating between tackle and end). The Denver Broncos could be the biggest threat to the Chiefs within the division, as they have one of the best rosters in football. Pass rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb have the potential to make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks while the secondary could be the best in football. The one big issue for the Broncos — finding an answer at quarterback — is one the other two teams in the division don’t need to worry about. The Los Angeles Chargers had the Offensive Rookie of the Year in Justin Herbert last season, and Derek Carr arguably enjoyed the best year of his career for the Las Vegas Raiders.

THE BAD: The Chargers need to show that their offensive line has improved, that new head coach Brandon Staley can be the defensive-minded equivalent of Sean McVay and that they can stay healthy. It seems no team in the league loses more key players to injury early in a season than this bunch. The Broncos couldn’t bring themselves to draft Justin Fields in the first round, as they were enamored with cornerback Patrick Surtain II. Even if Surtain makes the Pro Bowl, it won’t matter much if neither Drew Luck nor Teddy Bridgewater can play well enough to maximize all the talent the team has elsewhere on offense. The Raiders just have to find a way to defend and finish. They beat the Chiefs in Week 5 last season and were 6-3 before dropping five of their last seven games.

THE BOTTOM LINE: This division would be ranked higher if you could trust the other three teams outside of Kansas City to play up to their potential. After all, the Chiefs were six games better than their next-closest competitor last season (the Raiders). We probably won’t see that kind of disparity again, but those lesser teams need to take a step forward.

UPDATE: The Broncos have named Bridgewater their starting quarterback.

6) NFC North

THE GOOD: The Green Bay Packers found a way to get star quarterback Aaron Rodgers back into their building. We spent the entire offseason wondering if Rodgers would retire, force a trade or ultimately return to that franchise. Now that he’s back — and playing on a reworked contract that could offer him his chance to go elsewhere after this season — the Packers can rest a little easier. This is still a team that won 13 games and reached the NFC title game in both 2019 and 2020. It certainly feels like another run at a Super Bowl appearance is a real possibility for Green Bay. The Minnesota Vikings were disastrous on defense last season, but those issues also had plenty to do with injuries to key players like Danielle Hunter and Anthony Barr. They’ve had a huge makeover on that side of the ball and it’s hard to imagine head coach Mike Zimmer putting a similar product on the field this fall.

THE BAD: Dan Campbell seems like a great guy, the kind of dude you’d like to grab a beer with and hear him tell stories. The problem is he’s coaching the Detroit Lions, not running for public office. This is a franchise that has had three playoff appearances in the last 21 years and it’s hard to see Campbell changing that culture anytime soon. The Chicago Bears were good enough to make the postseason with an 8-8 record in 2020, but their hopes this year really come down to whether Justin Fields can succeed in his first season. They’re already trying to sell people on the idea that Andy Dalton can manage that offense effectively until Fields matures, which sounds like a recipe for disaster. When it comes to Minnesota and Green Bay, it’s all about minimizing drama. Kirk Cousins made headlines in training camp with his comments about the COVID-19 vaccine after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If he winds up on that list again, it could badly hurt the Vikings’ hopes in 2021. As for Rodgers and the Packers, any lingering drama between him and the front office could roil under the surface and undermine their championship dreams. It’s one thing to renew your wedding vows. But when you stay together for the kids, that kind of dynamic rarely works out in the end.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The Packers will determine how good this division is by season’s end. If they end up being a 13- or 14-win team, the NFC North will look much better.

7) AFC South

THE GOOD: The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans are the cream of the crop here. The Colts’ offensive and defensive lines have the ability to dominate opponents. The major questions for them are whether quarterback Carson Wentz and All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson can recover fast enough from foot injuries to help this team get off to a good start. The good news is both returned to practice this week. The Titans will do what they’ve done the last two seasons: Pound the ball with Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry, run play-action with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and hope their defense remains solid enough to help them finish off opponents. Both of these teams finished 11-5 in 2020 and they’ll be the two best teams in this division this fall.

THE BAD: It’s been a disastrous year for the Houston Texans, and I’m not expecting things to get much better for them anytime soon. There’s interest in what’s going to happen with quarterback Deshaun Watson, both with his legal issues and his desire to be traded. The Jacksonville Jaguars are more intriguing now that Urban Meyer is their head coach and quarterback Trevor Lawrence is trying to make good on the promise that comes with being the first overall pick in the draft. However, this is still a team that won one game last season. There’s a lot of work to be done in Duval, and the task doesn’t get any easier with the loss of rookie Travis Etienne. As for the upper echelon of this division, the injuries to both Wentz and Nelson were pretty scary developments for a Colts team that is trying to take a major leap forward. The Titans also were lousy on defense in 2020, and it’s difficult to see them being markedly better in this area this fall.

THE BOTTOM LINE: This division had two playoff teams come out of it last year. Only one is making it this time around.

8) NFC East

THE GOOD: As easy as it is to dismiss the Washington Football Team for winning this division with just seven victories last season, they did give the eventual Super Bowl champion Buccaneers problems in last year’s Super Wild Card Weekend loss. The WFT also turned around their season after starting 1-5, which speaks to their resilience. Most of their success came down to two things: stabilizing the quarterback position and relying on an aggressive front seven to set the tone. That will be their same formula for success this coming season. The Dallas Cowboys have as much talent on paper as any team in the league. If their stars play at a high level on offense — specifically quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and wide receivers Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb — they’ll be in every game. The question is whether their defense can do the same thing on a weekly basis.

THE BAD: There’s a long list here. The Football Team is betting a lot on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who’s their best option at quarterback. He brings plenty of experience to the position, but he’s always been known as a signal-caller who can kill a team with devastating turnovers. They need more good Fitz than bad in Washington. We also have no way of knowing if the Cowboys will be more stable this coming season. The defense has a new coordinator (Dan Quinn), but the problem with last year’s unit went beyond scheme. The shoulder issue Prescott has been dealing with in camp, although not expected to keep him out in Week 1, didn’t get this group off to a positive start, either. The offensive additions to the New York Giants could help Daniel Jones, but it’s hard to have any conviction about that right now. The Philadelphia Eagles are in an even worse state. They might contend for worst team in the league.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The best team in this division won’t win seven games again. Nine should be enough to get it done this year.

Jeffri Chadiha Columnist

What It Is and How to Overcome It as Women Entrepreneurs

Many women entrepreneurs are plagued with the feeling that they are a fraud, inadequate, or a failure. These self-beliefs are commonly referred to as imposter syndrome and disproportionately affect females more than their male counterparts. For decades, females have been conditioned to downplay abilities and self-deprecate, resulting in low self-esteem. When we feel like frauds, there are emotional, mental, creative, and financial consequences. As a result, female entrepreneurs struggle in three key areas; professional development, business growth, and client work.

As a female #entrepreneur#, you are responsible for your own success, and if you have imposter syndrome, you could be holding yourself back. The founder of a digital media company, Brittany Berger, had said, “For me, imposter syndrome looks like not going for opportunities because I feel like I’m not experienced enough, keeping my prices low for products and services and going too long without increasing them, and setting ridiculously high expectations for myself, so that, of course, I’ll fall short”(Quote Source: Fast Company, Kat Ambrose, Writer for SAAS and E-Commerce companies, 7-6-2019). Brittany is not alone. According to the International Journal of Behavioral Science, 70% of us suffer from imposter syndrome.

Signs you have imposter syndrome

There are some telltale signs if you have imposter syndrome, and they appear in the form of thoughts and self-beliefs. To help you identify whether or not you are being affected by it, ask yourself if the following apply to you.

• You are a perfectionist and always striving to be the best.
High-achievers are often the individuals who have imposter syndrome. It’s this perpetual feeling of waiting for the other shoe to drop. Although they continue to excel on projects, do well in school, and always take on more, they are afraid that they will fail sooner or later. To hold on as long as possible, they aim for perfection in everything they do. Imposters believe they should be perfect, or at the very least, others should believe they are perfect. The truth is, no one is perfect, and this is why they feel these imposter feelings.

• You discount your successes and have difficulty accepting praise.
When people praise you, do you have trouble accepting it, or do you start to discount it? For example, if someone praises you on your new website, do you follow up saying you know nothing about website design and hired someone? Or, if someone compliments you on your work on a project, do you only pass along the praise to someone else, stating you “just helped.” Those with imposter syndrome often attribute their successes to external factors like who they know, someone who helped, or even luck.

• You have felt paralyzed by the fear of failure.
To you, failure is not an option, and you will do everything you can to make sure it doesn’t happen. Sometimes this even means doing nothing at all. If fear has ever left you paralyzed and avoided tackling jobs that need to be completed, you may have imposter syndrome. When you have failed previously, did you spiral and feel humiliation, shame, and remorse? This is also a sign of imposter syndrome.

• You feel dissatisfied and burnout at work.
Constantly striving for perfection leaves you overworked. The fear of failure may also prevent you from seeking another job, starting a business, or pursuing more clients. This can put you at higher risk for burnout. A study found that those who have imposter syndrome tend to stay in their position because they don’t believe they can do more.

If you are interested in overcoming imposter syndrome, I have some good news. There are ways you can combat these feelings and the negative consequences.

Start tracking your successes and stumbles.
Female entrepreneurs with imposter syndrome fail to internalize their triumphs and are terrified of making a mistake. They aren’t able to see the full picture. Keeping a list of both successes and stumbles will help shed light on both. You don’t need to do this every day, but an annual reflection will help you realize how far you’ve come and what you have overcome. It will show you that your mistakes did not ruin you or your business and show you just how much you have accomplished.

Create your hype file.
When you are employed, you may keep a file with praise from your boss, colleagues, or clients. As an #entrepreneur#, you don’t get the same level of praise and compliments. You are your own boss, and if you lack confidence, you definitely aren’t getting the praise you deserve. Instead, keep a file (digital or print) with all the compliments, positive comments, testimonials, and thank you’s you have ever received. When those imposter syndrome feelings start creeping up, review your hype file.

Talk about your feelings with others.
When you start feeling like a fraud, call up someone who can remind you that you aren’t.
High-achievers will have trouble with shame and have difficulty admitting it. Shame researcher Brene Brown has said the best way to handle a shame attack is to reach out and share these feelings. When you talk to other female entrepreneurs about overcoming imposter syndrome, you will soon find that you are not alone and others feel the same.

Kimye Lives?????!!!!

I don’t know why you, the readers of Jezebel dot com, love reading about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West so much (every comments section on every blog about them is like “mmmmm yes could I please have one (1) more of this?” and “love it when Jez covers Kimye, personally”), but here you go! “By popular demand,” she wrote, hoping that the intended irony would come across quite legibly.

Anyway, Kim and Kanye might not be over! At least, that’s what TMZ is saying. A source told the outlet that the two are “working on rebuilding the foundation of their relationship.” So, I guess that means their whole wedding dress stunt at the latest Donda listening party might not have been fully a stunt? I mean, besides the way that literally everything Kim and Kanye do is a stunt.



  • Speaking of the aforementioned Donda listening party, Kim’s publicity team appears to be in full-on damage control mode, telling every tabloid that will listen that she totally wouldn’t have shown if she’d known that repentant homophobe DaBaby and alleged serial abuser Marilyn Manson were also going to be there. [People]
  • Some unnamed insider says that Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are “so madly in love” and that “there’s a lot of buzz in their circle about an engagement being in the works.” Also, it might be soon? But also it might be never?? “They see each other as life partners,” the source continues. “They don’t need a piece of paper to be happy, but Ri’s a real romantic and her friends and family—her mom, especially—would love to see her married.” [Us Weekly]
  • Now, I’m not saying that Rihanna’s mom, Monica Braithwaite, called up Us Weekly while pretending to be some anonymous insider in order to further mom-guilt her unwed daughter into finally getting hitched. I’m merely suggesting its possibility, perhaps. Regardless, shout out to moms! [Mothers Enthusiast Quarterly]
  • JoJo Siwa wants to play Lady Gaga in a biopic someday. I think I speak for everyone when I quote the legendary, Oscar-winning Mo’Nique and say: I would like to see it. [Variety]
  • Harvard is “educationally abusive,” says Teen Mom alum Farrah Abraham. [Page Six]
  • James Corden, Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, and Idina Menzel did a flashmob in the middle of Los Angeles traffic to Jennifer Lopez’s “Get Loud.” What are my rights? [The Independent]
  • Said flashmob set to the song from Annihilation, courtesy of New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan:

Usain Bolt announces he will release his debut album next week as he returns to the spotlight following the birth of his daughter Olympia

He recently became a dad for the first time in June, when his partner Kasi Bennett gave birth to a daughter named Olympia Lightning.

And Usain Bolt has announced he will release his debut album next week, following a four-year-long retirement consisting of event appearances and brand endorsements.

The Jamaican sprinter, 35, will distribute his highly-anticipated Country Yutes LP through his very own label, 9.58 Records, which has seen him drop singles such as It’s A Party and It A Work already.

Taking to Instagram last week, the eight-time Olympic Gold Medallist shared the artwork for his masterpiece.

It sees the man of many talents hanging out at his home studio with his manager and childhood friend Nugent ‘NJ’ Walker.

Wearing an eye-popping pink-and-black striped tee and matching shorts, Usain’s impressive workroom overlooks an exotic pool, complete with inflatables and overhanging palm trees.

‘”Country Yutes” Debut Album Pre- Save 03.09.21 ⚡️⚡️⚡️,’ the Lightning Bolt penned in his caption.

Usain bid farewell to the 100-metre track after tearing his hamstring at the 2017 World Athletics Championships,

His career change shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans, since he told Zip 103 FM back in February that he was ‘working on some new rhymes’.

‘Knowing the whole pandemic, we’re not trying to rush anything, we’re taking our time to make sure the music comes out at the right time,’ the fastest runner in the world began.

‘We also have an EP that we are working on, so that should be something interesting. We’re just trying to get a foothold, trying to make people understand that we’re not just here joking around.

‘We’re serious about the music, so we’re just going to take our time. Just like in track and field, it’s all about work and dedicating and just taking our time,’ he concluded.

It comes after Usain’s partner Kasi Bennett, 31, gave birth to the athlete’s first child on June 14, a daughter named Olympia Lightning.

The proud dad took to Twitter soon afterwards to wish his beau a happy birthday as they begin a new chapter of their lives together.

Usain uploaded a series of images of Kasi draped in a flowing ballgown as she sat cradling their little girl.

He wrote: ‘I want to wish my gf @kasi__b a happy birthday. I get to spend ur special day with u. I want nothing but happiness for u & will continue to doing my best keeping a smile on ur face.

‘We have started a new chapter together with our daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt [sic].’



Britney Spears: Everything she said in court

First taste of stardom

Britney Spears, 16, catapults to the top of global pop charts with her debut single …Baby One More Time.

Image caption The teenage Spears generated both controversy and a loyal fandom

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More than 20 years later, her debut album of the same name remains the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist.

Personal struggles burst into public view

Spears is hounded by the press amid a tumultuous custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline, allegations that she is an unfit mother and questions about her mental health.

Spears was often pictured fleeing from tabloid photographers
Image caption Spears was often pictured fleeing from tabloid photographers

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Amid the tabloid frenzy, she is captured on camera shaving her head. A few days later, she smashes a paparazzo’s SUV repeatedly with an umbrella.

Spears’ father becomes her conservator

After stints in hospital and rehab, Spears’ father Jamie petitions a Los Angeles court to place his daughter under a temporary conservatorship. He is charged with making decisions about her career, as well as her estate and financial affairs.

The conservatorship is extended indefinitely later that year.

Spears leaving a restaurant in Beverly Hills with her father Jamie
Image caption Spears leaving a restaurant in Beverly Hills with her father Jamie

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Las Vegas residency

Despite being unable to handle her own affairs, Spears continues to work. After rehabilitating her image with a successful seventh studio album and several appearances on television, she begins a four-year concert residency in Las Vegas.

Spears onstage at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas
Image caption Spears onstage at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas

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Tussling over the conservatorship

Spears says she is taking a break from work because of her father’s health issues. Later in the year, Jamie Spears steps away as her conservator temporarily, citing his poor health.

Britney Spears indicates through her lawyers that she no longer wants her father to be involved in handling her career. A lawyer says Spears is “afraid of her father” and will not return to the stage as long as he retains control.

Framing Britney Spears film premieres

A New York Times documentary about the pop star’s rise and fall, as well as about her treatment by the media, generates mass public interest in her conservatorship.

The piece highlights the #FreeBritney movement, the legions of Spears fans who have stood beside the pop star and attempted to decode her public appearances as calls for help.

Britney Spears speaks out against ‘abusive’ conservatorship at hearing

First taste of stardom

Britney Spears, 16, catapults to the top of global pop charts with her debut single …Baby One More Time.

Image caption The teenage Spears generated both controversy and a loyal fandom

Image copyright by Getty Images

More than 20 years later, her debut album of the same name remains the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist.

Personal struggles burst into public view

Spears is hounded by the press amid a tumultuous custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline, allegations that she is an unfit mother and questions about her mental health.

Spears was often pictured fleeing from tabloid photographers
Image caption Spears was often pictured fleeing from tabloid photographers

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Amid the tabloid frenzy, she is captured on camera shaving her head. A few days later, she smashes a paparazzo’s SUV repeatedly with an umbrella.

Spears’ father becomes her conservator

After stints in hospital and rehab, Spears’ father Jamie petitions a Los Angeles court to place his daughter under a temporary conservatorship. He is charged with making decisions about her career, as well as her estate and financial affairs.

The conservatorship is extended indefinitely later that year.

Spears leaving a restaurant in Beverly Hills with her father Jamie
Image caption Spears leaving a restaurant in Beverly Hills with her father Jamie

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Las Vegas residency

Despite being unable to handle her own affairs, Spears continues to work. After rehabilitating her image with a successful seventh studio album and several appearances on television, she begins a four-year concert residency in Las Vegas.

Spears onstage at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas
Image caption Spears onstage at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas

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Tussling over the conservatorship

Spears says she is taking a break from work because of her father’s health issues. Later in the year, Jamie Spears steps away as her conservator temporarily, citing his poor health.

Britney Spears indicates through her lawyers that she no longer wants her father to be involved in handling her career. A lawyer says Spears is “afraid of her father” and will not return to the stage as long as he retains control.

Framing Britney Spears film premieres

A New York Times documentary about the pop star’s rise and fall, as well as about her treatment by the media, generates mass public interest in her conservatorship.

The piece highlights the #FreeBritney movement, the legions of Spears fans who have stood beside the pop star and attempted to decode her public appearances as calls for help.

‘Neutral Ground’ director CJ Hunt calls Confederate monuments ‘the most successful PR campaign that ever happened in America’

Growing up, CJ Hunt often looked askance at the monuments to the short-lived Confederate States of America that pepper the landscape of the United States. “Black people have always found these monuments weird,” the Afro-Asian comedian and Daily Show field producer tells Yahoo Entertainment. “In the early 1870s, [abolitionist] Frederick Douglass saw fundraising happening for the first Robert E. Lee memorial, and was like, ‘What the f*** is happening?’”

Hunt was front and center when the contemporary debate over Civil War monuments ignited in 2015 after New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu proposed removing the city’s various Confederate memorials, including the Lee statue that Douglass objected to over a century earlier. Observing the heated city council debates that followed, he was struck by the entrenched attitudes of the mostly white voices arguing that the monuments to slaveowners like Lee should continue to stand.

That, in turn, spurred him to ponder how these slabs of stone exist for storytelling rather than historical purposes. “It’s a thing that we think almost nothing about, but it’s also the most permanent type of text that exists. You can write a story into stone and put it in the middle of New York City or the middle of a park in Virginia, and it will just stay there for a century, and people will believe it’s part of the landscape.”

And so Hunt decided to go out and meet those believers where they live. The result is The Neutral Ground, his six-years-in-the-making debut documentary feature that’s having its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Juneteenth, recently designated as a federal holiday by Congress and President Joe Biden. (The film will play on PBS on July 5 as the kick-off for the 34th season of POV.)

The documentary follows Hunt as he makes extensive visits to the South, where the legacy of the Civil War is still very much present a century-and-a-half removed from the Confederacy’s defeat. In his conversations with the neo-Confederates who continue to literally re-enact their long-dead ancestors’ old battles, he saw firsthand the success of what he calls, “the most successful PR campaign that ever happened in America.”

“When PR campaigns stick, they stick, and that’s the case with the Lost Cause,” Hunt says, referring to the alternative Civil War narrative that has long sought to recast the Confederacy in a more heroic light by backgrounding discussions of slavery and secession in favor of the idea that Southern soldiers were nobly fighting to uphold states’ rights. And as The Neutral Ground illustrates, enshrining the Lost Cause in stone was a long-term project undertaken by private groups like the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which had a vested interest in changing the narrative.

“After the war, the UDC and other places were like, ‘Let’s not talk about the generals, let’s not talk about the vice president [Alexander Hamilton Stephens] who clearly said that slavery was the cornerstone of the Confederacy.’ They were so embarrassed by all that, the only thing they could talk about was, ‘Let’s just focus on the individuals. What was in the hearts of those men?’”

“Find me another war where we define the case by the individual motivations of the soldiers,” Hunt continues. “We don’t do that with other eras, but the PR campaign of the Lost Cause was ‘focus on what we imagine within the hearts of individuals.’ That is how many people still talk about the Confederacy, and that extends to the monuments: they aren’t a story about a government that fought like hell to keep slavery. It’s ‘Look at these common soldiers — good people on both sides who just got caught up in the mix.’”

There are examples of more recently built monuments that try to push back against that narrative. In the film, Hunt visits the Whitney Planation in Louisiana, an 18th century plantation that exists today as a museum dedicated to depicting the harsh realities of slavery in the Deep South. The grounds include a striking monument marking the 1811 German Coast uprising — the largest slave revolt in the South. The organizers of the revolt were later executed, and their heads displayed on poles — a disturbing sight that has been recreated for the Whitney’s instillation.

“That monument is controversial, and I understand why,” says Hunt, who is alternately shocked and enraptured by it in the film. “It’s like, ‘Please, why are you showing me yet another piece of trauma done to Black bodies?’ This didn’t make it into the film, but I was talking to other Black tourists who were there, and I asked one woman, ‘Do you think this is too much?’ And her response was, “No, this is what’s happening now.’”

Even as institutions like the Whitney try to challenge the Lost Cause narrative, Hunt sees its impact extending beyond monuments. In recent weeks, actress Ellie Kemper was at the center of a social media firestorm when resurfaced pictures showed her being crowned the Queen of Love and Beauty at the 1999 Veiled Prophet Ball, an event affiliated with a St. Louis organization that was co-founded by a Confederate veteran. (Kemper later apologized on Instagram, writing: “The century-old organization that hosted the debutante ball had an unquestionably racist, sexist and elitist past. I was not aware of this history at that time, but ignorance is no excuse.”)

And in the wake of the George Floyd protests last summer, Amazon reportedly weighed evicting The Dukes of Hazzard from its streaming lineup over the show’s most famous “character,” the General Lee — an orange 1969 Dodge Charger emblazoned with the Confederate battle flag. (The CBS series is still available to rent or purchase on Amazon, but is no longer streaming for free.)

Much like New Orleans’s Lee statue, the racist origins of both the Veiled Prophet Ball and the battle flag seen in The Dukes of Hazzard were obscured by the fact that they’ve endured long enough to become part of the cultural landscape. And that, in turn, allows defenders to think of them in highly personal terms.

“Propaganda is always most effective when it’s able to attach itself to nostalgia,” Hunt says. “So many of the people we met in the film weren’t actually trying to protect Robert E. Lee, the man — they were trying to protect the fact that they have memories of catching beads during Mardi Gras at Lee Circle. And The Dukes of Hazzard isn’t even really about the Confederacy, but people still remember the General Lee and the Duke boys. So when you say, “Hey we want to question what this thing is doing in society,” people are like, “Why are you trying to take something from me?”

“The idea that you have can have a pageant for the ‘veiled prophet’ is absolutely born out of KKK and white supremacist traditions,” he continues. “I hope that this film makes it impossible for folks not to be having the difficult conversations about what that actually means. Once you start seeing how central white supremacy was — not only to the Confederacy, but to the nation — then you just see all the echoes of it. You’re scrolling your Twitter feed and see that Trump is doubling down on defending the Charlottesville [rioters] at the same time that we’re also talking about Ellie Kemper and critical race theory in schools. I hope that the film is like a black light where take it into a hotel room and go, ‘Oh my god.’”

Hunt has firsthand experience with what happened on the streets of Charlottesville in 2017. Two years into making The Neutral Ground, he traveled to Virginia to observe the Unite the Right rally and his camera was rolling as the event descended into chaos and violence. That harrowing footage — including a moment where Hunt is pepper-sprayed while filming the melee — is shown towards the end of the documentary. “I didn’t look at that footage for a couple of years,” Hunt says now. “I just delivered it to my editor and said, ‘I’ll be using this.’ It was part of a coping mechanism of getting some distance from it.”

Within the film, Charlottesville functions as a case study in where white supremacy can lead if allowed to fester unchecked. While the neo-Confederates that Hunt interviews earlier on come across as silly and even avuncular — the director says that early versions of the documentary played almost like a Daily Show sketch — that’s the moment where any sense of humor vanishes.

“After the Trump era, we’re familiar with the notion that something can be both dangerous and dumb,” he explains. “In Charlottesville, the white supremacists looked like cosplaying nerds walking around in the sunlight saying racist things, but then they’re also capable of taking human life. When I look at that footage, I am struck by the fact that they’re not using any euphemisms like “heritage.” They’re just openly saying the white supremacist stuff that has been underneath the surface. I don’t know whether that’s laughable or if we should be cowering in fear about what this means for the world.”

Hunt had completed The Neutral Ground by the time white supremacist groups were among the insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, so that event isn’t seen in the film. But the connection between the two events is perfect fodder for a post-screening epilogue.

“Having actual insurrectionists attacking the government after we made a whole film about how we failed to recognize when insurrections happen in this country — I definitely wanted to include that,” says Hunt. “But we had made our point already. I think the Capitol riot is helpful to our conversation, because we’re already seeing a new propaganda being spun. Like, ‘They weren’t insurrectionists: they were patriots! They weren’t there to hang Mike Pence, They were there to [defend] voting rights reform and free speech!’ Imagine if Trump or another group got enough money to enshrine that narrative in stone. It’s crazy to imagine that it would be up long enough for future generations to think: ‘Well, I guess we can’t take it down.”

In lieu of footage of the Capitol riot, The Neutral Ground instead ends with images of Confederate monuments being taken down in cities around the U.S., including the Lee statue that used to be part of the New Orleans cityscape. For now, at least, that monument remains out of sight as the city decides if — and where — it should be displayed again. For his part, Hunt says that he’s constantly wrestling with what he thinks should be done with Confederate monuments, as well as the spaces they used to inhabit.

“My initial thought was, what if we put a marker that said something like, ‘Here stood a statue to the ensalver Robert E. Lee.’ But when I spoke with [poet and activist] Michael “Quess” Moore about that, he told me, ‘Absolutely not.’ If we put that kind of marker up, neo-Confederates are only going to lay flowers and wreaths there. The real win would be for society to forget about Robert E. Lee, particularly in those public spaces.”

The Neutral Ground premieres July 5 on PBS.

“I think it’s ultimately up to the local communities,” Hunt continues, citing examples like the University of Texas in Austin, which removed a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the Main Mall in 2015, and then placed it in the campus’s Briscoe Center for American History two years later.

“They quietly moved the statue inside, and it wasn’t a thing,” he notes. “[Monument defenders] say, ‘If you relocate Robert E. Lee, we’re never going to remember him.’ It’s like all of a sudden they forgot that museums exist! If it’s a historical object, we put those in museums, not sacred pedestals. I think the question ultimately is: is it more powerful that we forget about the Confederacy? Or do we need a space where we can tell the full story of the people who put these monuments up — and the story of those who pulled them down.”

Festivals 2021: Which ones are still going ahead?

By Mark Savage
BBC music reporter

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image captionFestival organisers hope the lifting of coronavirus restrictions will allow scenes like this again over the summer

Last year, Covid-19 wiped out the UK’s summer festival season. Only a handful of shows were able to take place, and most of them were in car parks or socially-distanced green field sites.

At the start of 2021, organisers were more optimistic.

With the vaccination programme under way and mass testing available, dozens of events put tickets on sale, confident that fans would be allowed to mosh, pogo and stage-dive with the risk of injury, rather than disease, their main concern.

But as the year has progressed, the summer season has collapsed in slow motion. Events scheduled for the early summer – most notably Glastonbury – cancelled first. Dozens of others followed in April and May, with many citing the inability to obtain cancellation insurance as a factor.

Others moved to safer dates later in the summer, with a noticeable bottleneck over August bank holiday weekend. But the government’s decision to delay the easing of lockdown restrictions until 19 July has now forced many festivals to shut their doors for another year.

To help you plan ahead, here’s a guide to the events that have been delayed, cancelled, postponed or given the green light. This page was last updated on Tuesday, 15 June 2021.

All Points East – RESCHEDULED

  • When: 27-29 August
  • Where: Victoria Park, London
  • Who: Jamie xx, Kano, Slowthai, Arlo Parks, Bicep, Foals

Organisers have moved the event from its usual slot in May to August bank holiday weekend, giving it a greater chance of proceeding unimpeded. “We can’t wait to welcome back live music in the UK and be back dancing with you all later this summer,” say organisers.

Big Feastival – ON

  • When: 27-29 August
  • Where: Kingham, Oxfordshire
  • Who: Chic, Sigala, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Zara Larsson

Held at Blur star Alex James’s farm in the Cotswolds, the Big Feastival will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the usual mix of music, food, comedy and kids’ entertainment. “We’re all in need of a serious celebration this year so we’re pulling out all the stops to ensure this is our best line-up yet,” said James. “Roll on August!”

Big Weekend – ONLINE

  • When: 28-31 May
  • Where: Radio 1 and BBC Sounds
  • Who: Ed Sheeran, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie

About 50 new performances were filmed for Radio 1’s virtual festival, with acts like Ed Sheeran and Royal Blood playing in front of “iconic landmarks” across the UK. Other sets were shot in the BBC’s Radio Theatre; and Radio 1 played out archive performances and piano sessions across the weekend. You can watch the highlights on iPlayer.

Black Deer Festival – OFF

  • When: 25-27 June
  • Where: Eridge Park, Kent
  • Who: Van Morrison, Robert Plant, Frank Turner

One of the UK’s newer festivals, Black Deer concentrates on Americana and bluegrass, with big name music acts spread over several stages. The 30,000-capacity event was set to be one of the first to take place after lockdown restrictions eased, until those plans were delayed on 14 June.

“We can’t quite put into words how we’re feeling right now,” said co-founders Gill Tee and Deborah Shilling. “It’s devastating news for all connected with Black Deer but we’ll be back in 2022”. They said ticket-holders would be informed of their options “very soon”.

Bloodstock – ON

  • When: 11-15 August
  • Where: Catton Park, Derbyshire
  • Who: Judas Priest, Kreator, Devin Townsend, Skindred

The long-running heavy metal festival has added an extra day to its line-up due to the postponement of last year’s event.

However, the festival had to revamp its line-up, explaining that “due to the ongoing issues and restrictions surrounding Covid-19, a number of overseas bands are no longer able to be at Catton Park with us this summer”. That included former headliners Mercyful Fate, who have been replaced on the bill by Kreator.

Boardmasters – ON

  • When: 11-15 August
  • Where: Newquay, Cornwall
  • Who: Foals, Gorillaz, Jorja Smith

It’s been a rough two years for Boardmasters. They were forced to cancel their 2019 event due to severe storms, before Covid-19 wiped out their plans for 2020. Tickets from 2019 will still be valid for this year’s festival, which takes place on a cliff-top location overlooking Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach.

Organisers said they were “delighted” to be coming back in 2021 and thanked fans for “sticking with us over these past two years”.

“Your continued support has been truly overwhelming and quite simply, we couldn’t do it without you.”

Boomtown – OFF

  • When: 11-15 August
  • Where: Matterley Estate, Hampshire

A five-day immersive musical and theatrical event, Boomtown had branded its 2021 comeback “The Gathering”, as a celebration of the return of social contact.

However, organisers pulled the plug on 20 April, blaming the government for its inability to provide a Covid-specific insurance scheme.

“This means anyone putting on an event this year will be doing so without the safety net of insurance to cover them should Covid prevent them from going ahead in any capacity,” they said in a statement. “For an independent event as large and complex as Boomtown, this is a huge gamble of up to an eight figure sum and the financial risk is simply too high.”

The festival says it will return in August 2022.

BST Hyde Park – OFF

  • When: 9-11 July
  • Where: Hyde Park, London
  • Who: Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, Grace Jones, Pixies (pictured)

BST was one of the first festivals on the calendar for 2021, with three shows planned for the second weekend in July – but on 30 March, organisers confirmed “with a heavy heart” that the shows were being postponed until 2022.

“Following our review of the most recent government advice, the latest timeline means that we are unable to deliver with certainty the quality BST Hyde Park is known for,” they said in a statement.

Headliners Pearl Jam and Duran Duran will come back for the rescheduled shows, and all tickets remain valid.

Camp Bestival – ON

  • When: 29 July-1 August
  • Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset
  • Who: Fatboy Slim, Kelis, Groove Armada, Becky Hill, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Mr Tumble

The family-friendly festival announced its return immediately after the government revealed its four-step plan for emerging from lockdown in February.

“There is literally nothing [my wife] Josie and I like more in life than standing in a field surrounded by family and friends, dressed in daft outfits dancing to amazing bands and DJs and Mr Tumble,” organiser Rob Da Bank told the BBC. “That’s exactly what we plan to be doing at Camp Bestival.”

The festival has yet to respond to the extension of lockdown restrictions, and is assumed to be going ahead.

Creamfields – ON

  • When: 26-29 August
  • Where: Daresbury, Cheshire
  • Who: Deadmau5, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Tiesto, Bicep, Martin Garrix, Chase & Status

The UK’s biggest dance music festival sold out in record time when tickets went on sale in February. Organisers are promising fans “the party of the summer” after a year locked indoors.

Deer Shed Festival – OFF

  • When: 20 July-1 August
  • Where: Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire
  • Who: James, Stereolab, Baxter Dury, Dream Wife

After announcing their line-up and putting tickets on sale, the family-friendly Yorkshire festival took the difficult decision to postpone for a second year in April.

In a statement, organisers said a lack of cancellation insurance had left them vulnerable. Tickets will roll over to next year; and a smaller-scale event, Base Camp Plus, featuring live music and comedy will take place on this year’s original dates.

Download – Scaled back

Originally due to take place on the first weekend of June, Download pulled the plug on 1 March, after it became clear the UK wouldn’t emerge from lockdown until later in the summer.

However, a smaller-scale event will now take place as part of the government pilot scheme – with 10,000 people camping in Donington Park from 18-20 June.

The headline acts are Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet For My Valentine, with Creeper, While She Sleeps, Twin Atlantic, Yonaka, Employed to Serve and Neck Deep also in the line-up.

Dates have also been announced for the festival’s full return in 2022, with KISS (who were due to headline in 2020 and 2021) back at the top of the bill. They’ll be joined by Biffy Clyro and Iron Maiden at Donington Castle next June. Tickets for this year’s event can be carried over to 2022.

End Of The Road – ON

  • When: 2-5 September
  • Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire
  • Who: Hot Chip, Sleaford Mods, Stereolab, King Krule

“We were ready for one hell of a party in 2020 so we did our best to keep most of the original line-up,” said organisers of End Of The Road, who are welcoming back almost 100 artists who were due to play last year’s festival. “It has been a strange year and we’d like to extend the biggest thank-you to everybody who’s bought a ticket and stood with us through these tough times.”

Although the event has sold out, a few extra tickets will be released in May, with resales available via Twickets.

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention – HOPEFUL

  • When: 12-14 August
  • Where: Near Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • Who: Fairport Convention, Clannad, Turin Breaks

Run by folk-rock legends Fairport Convention, this is one of the UK’s oldest festivals, dating back to 1976.

The band say they’re “cautiously confident” this year’s event will go ahead, with the line-up carried over from 2020. They added that there may have to be “some mitigation measures in place” to make the site safe for fans, performers and local residents.

Glastonbury – OFF / ONLINE

The sheer size of Glastonbury – which features more than 100 stages, thousands of performers and nearly 200,000 fans – meant they had to make a decision on their viability early.

The bad news broke in January: “In spite of our efforts to move heaven and earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the festival happen this year,” said Michael and Emily Eavis. “We are so sorry to let you all down.”

However, Coldplay, Haim, Damon Albarnm Jorja Smith and Kano all played a ticketed live-stream show from Worthy Farm in May, which won rave reviews despite major technical problems.

Organisers have also submitted an application to hold a smaller, one-off concert on Worthy Farm in September, although that show is still unconfirmed.

Gone Wild Festival – ON

  • When: 26-29 August
  • Where: Powderham Castle, Devon
  • Who: Kaiser Chiefs, Scouting For Girls, Melanie C, Dick & Dom

Organised by Bear Grylls this unusual festival mixes live music with activities such as wakeboarding, bushcraft and coasteering, all in support of the Royal Marines Charity.

2021 marks its inaugural year, with Grylls describing it as “the perfect event for families to experience adventures together”.

The Great Escape – ONLINE

Brighton’s Great Escape normally takes place in May, which made its 2021 edition impossible. The event, which focuses on up-and-coming talent, had previously announced its first 50 (of more than 400) acts, including BBC Sound Of 2021 winner Pa Salieu, and rising star Arlo Parks. However, the line-up has since disappeared from the festival’s official website.

Instead, the event moved online, with a full schedule of live-streamed concerts and music industry debates. The event will return in full on 11 May 2022.

Green Man Festival – HOPEFUL

  • When: 19-22 August
  • Where: Brecon Beacons, Wales
  • Who: TBC

Green Man boasts one of the most spectacular backdrops of all the UK’s festivals – nestled at the foot of the mountains in Wales’ Brecon Beacons National Park.

Organisers say they are “very confident” this year’s event can go ahead, although the Welsh government’s plan for emerging from lockdown is more cautious than the English equivalent. Information about tickets and the line-up “will be landing in the next couple of months”.

Isle Of Wight Festival – RESCHEDULED

  • When: 16-19 September
  • Where: Seaclose Park, Newport
  • Who: Liam Gallagher, Snow Patrol, David Guetta and Duran Duran

Originally scheduled for June, the Isle of Wight festival has been pushed back by three months. Organisers announced the “quartet of iconic names” taking the main stage and stressed the importance of being a Covid-safe event. “Over the coming months we’ll be watching and learning from the events taking place before us and, of course, liaising with all the relevant authorities to make sure everyone – audience, artists, staff, the community – is kept safe,” they added.

Kendal Calling – UNDECIDED

  • When: 29 July-1 August
  • Where: Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria
  • Who: The Streets, Supergrass, Stereophonics, Dizzee Rascal

One of the UK’s most picturesque festivals, Kendal Calling will celebrate its 15th anniversary this summer.

Writing on the site’s Facebook page, organisers said they were “lucky that our on-site preparations don’t begin for some time, unlike some of our much bigger friends in the festival world”, meaning they could be more nimble in reacting to Covid-19 restrictions.

Following the government’s decision to delay the easing of lockdown restrictions, they have asked ticket-holders to “bear with us over the next few days” as they take time to “properly and thoroughly understand the guidance”.

“Rest assured, we will let you know how the announcement impacts Kendal Calling as soon as we possibly can.”

Latitude – HOPEFUL

image captionFriday night will be headlined by Mercury Prize winners Wolf Alice
  • When: 22-25 July
  • Where: Henham Park, Suffolk
  • Who: Bastille, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wolf Alice (pictured), Chemical Brothers

“Whilst the lifting of the final restrictions is delayed, we don’t think it means the end of our hopes for Latitude this year,” said Latitude organisers after the government’s announcement on 14 June.

“If you’ll allow us just a little more time, we’re going to spend the next few days looking at the information and speaking to the relevant government departments to work out what it means for the festival. Rest assured, as soon as we know for definite if we can or can’t go ahead, we will tell you. We expect that will be by the end of this week.”

Previously, the family-friendly festival had been confident of going ahead – thanks to a relatively small audience (40,000) and negative Covid tests a requirement of entry.

The line-up had changed considerably since it was first announced, with Swedish headliners First Aid Kit no longer able to attend, and Lewis Capaldi cancelling all upcoming shows. However, Bastille remain in place as Sunday night headliners, with Wolf Alice and Chemical Brothers also on the bill.

Lovebox – MIA

Focusing on dance, hip-hop and R&B, London’s Lovebox festival was set to expand in 2020 with a new stage, and headline performances by Disclosure; Khalid; Robyn; and Tyler, The Creator.

Until recently, the festival’s website still carried a banner reading “see you in 2021” but the message was updated in May to the more generic, “Lovebox will return”.

Love Supreme – POSTPONED

  • When: 2-4 July
  • Where: Glynde Place, East Sussex
  • Who: TLC, The Isley Brothers, Sister Sledge

The team at the Love Supreme Jazz Festival say they are “devastated” not to be able to go ahead in 2021, despite “exploring all avenues” to make the festival happen.

“We simply would not be able to deliver a Love Supreme that lives up to our own and your expectations,” they added.

Tickets will automatically transfer to next year; but refunds will also be available.

Lytham Festival – POSTPONED

  • When: 2022
  • Where: Lytham Green, Lytham St Annes
  • Who: Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie

Organisers announced they were postponing from 2021 having “explored the possibility of moving the festival later in the year”, which they found was not going to be possible. “We are now in the process of making some big plans for a triumphant return next year,” they added.

Neighbourhood Weekender – ON

  • When: 3-5 September
  • Where: Victoria Park, Warrington
  • Who: James, Sam Fender, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

Warrington’s Neighbourhood Weekender attracted some controversy when Ian Brown pulled out of a headline slot, claiming the event was demanding Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of entry.

The event neither confirmed nor denied the claim, simply saying they would “comply with the conditions outlined by the government” when the event takes place in September (having been moved from its original date in May).

Brown was swiftly replaced by Mancunian indie band James. Fans who cannot make the rescheduled dates can apply for a refund.

Noisily Festival – OFF

  • When: 8-12 July
  • Where: Coney Woods, Leicestershire
  • Who: Atlantik, Ipcress, Luis M

An underground music festival, Noisily takes place deep in the heart of the Coney Woods – about 15 minutes from Market Harborough. Organisers had initially made a Covid guarantee – saying dates will be rescheduled if government advice changes, and anyone who can’t attend rescheduled dates will receive a “100% refund at face value (minus booking fees)”.

But after the government’s announcement on 14 June, they had to backtrack on those plans.

“Today’s announcement was the one that we dreaded,” they wrote in a statement. “The wood and fields in which Noisily takes place are part of a working farm, meaning there is no scope to delay until later in the summer”.

Describing the loss as “devastating”, organisers promised the festival would return “stronger than ever” in 2022.

Notting Hill Carnival – UNDECIDED

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Last year, the Notting Hill Carnival was cancelled for the first time in its history. Organisers are hoping it can be resurrected for its 55th anniversary in 2021, but they are proceeding with caution for the time being.

“We will continue to plan for business as usual, and for every possible eventuality,” they said in a statement. “However, due to the uncertainty we are all facing as a nation, our board will not be making a decision until closer to the summer.”

A decision is expected on 16 June.

Nozstock: The Hidden Valley – POSTPONED

  • When: 22-25 July
  • Where: Rowden Paddocks, Herefordshire
  • Who: Sister Sledge, Bill Bailey, Utah Saints

What started as a humble barbecue for family and friends in 1998 has turned into a fully-fledged festival with 11 stages and some of the biggest acts in the world dropping into Pete and Ella Nosworthy’s farm in Herefordshire.

Although they initially hoped to proceed with this year’s event, they were forced to pull the plug.

In a statement, Ella said the financial consequences of pressing ahead “could affect Nozstock’s future and we simply cannot take that risk”.

“We are all devastated,” she added. “The support from loyal Nozstockers combined with selling out so quickly gave some hope for this year which makes this postponement even harder.”

One in the Woods – ON / POSTPONED

  • When: 21-22 August
  • Where: Orrell Hill Wood, Liverpool
  • Who: Sub Focus, Jeff Mills, Friction

A brand new festival for 10,000 people in the “enchanted realm” of Hightown, near Liverpool, One In The Woods focuses on dance, techno and drum and bass.

Originally scheduled for 17-18 July, organisers swiftly booked new dates for August as soon as the government delayed the end of lockdown restrictions.

Parklife – ON

  • When: 11-12 September
  • Where: Heaton Park, Manchester
  • Who: Dave, Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, DaBaby, Skepta

Another festival that’s shifted from June to September to minimise the chance of cancellation, Parklife says it is confident it’ll be able to host 80,000 fans at Heaton Park this autumn.

“We’re not considering operating with social distancing – I personally don’t like these socially distanced events,” organiser Sacha Lord told the NME. “I think to go to a proper gig or a proper rave you need to be shoulder-to-shoulder in a hot sweaty environment. You cannot create that atmosphere at a socially distanced event.”

The event’s line-up is due to be announced on 23 March.

Proms – ON

  • When: 30 July – 11 September
  • Where: The Royal Albert Hall, BBC Radio 3, BBC TV and online
  • Who: TBC

Last year, the BBC Proms managed to stage two weeks of socially-distanced concerts in an audience-free Royal Albert Hall. This year, as the venue celebrates its 150th birthday, organisers will welcome back Prommers – although social distancing may still be in force.

Highlights of the season include a family concert featuring all seven of the talented Kanneh-Mason siblings; and a season dedicated to Stravinsky, on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Reading & Leeds – ON

  • When: 27- 29 August
  • Where: Little John’s Farm, Reading; Bramham Park, Leeds
  • Who: Stormzy, Post Malone, Liam Gallagher, Queens Of The Stone Age

“The acts are desperate to play, the kids are desperate to come,” Reading & Leeds organiser Melvin Benn told BBC News last month.

The dual-site festival is due to take place on August bank holiday, by which stage most adults will have had their first Covid-19 vaccination, and many will have had their second shot. Benn said that, on that front, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had “got it right”.

“I applaud him for that, and I am going to hold his feet to the fire on it. And I think there’s going to be 200,000 young people holding his feet to the fire on that position as well.”

Rewind Festival – ON (ENGLAND) / OFF (SCOTLAND)

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  • When: Throughout August
  • Where: Scone Palace, Perth; Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield; Temple Island Meadows, Henley-On-Thames
  • Who: Jimmy Somerville, Wet Wet Wet, Billy Ocean, Soul II Soul, Bananarama (pictured)

After cancelling in 2020, Rewind said it had started “planning with confidence” for 2021 after the UK government revealed its four-step process for emerging from lockdown. Organisers of the 80s throwback festival even joked they’d formed their own SAGE committee – comprised of Sad Aged Gits from the Eighties.

The Perth leg of the festival was cancelled in April, based on guidance from the Scottish Parliament, but the two English concerts will go ahead as planned.

Slam Dunk – ON

  • When: 4-5 September
  • Where: Temple Newsam and Hatfield Park, Leeds
  • Who: Sum 41, Don Broco, While She Sleeps

Usually kicking off the summer festival season, Slam Dunk Festival organisers have made the decision to push back their event from its usual May bank holiday weekend.

“We feel the guidance now is clear enough to know the event will happen in September,” says festival director Ben Ray.

Solfest – ON

  • When: 27-29 August
  • Where: Solway Coast, Cumbria
  • Who: Maximo Park, Razorlight, Basement Jaxx, Echo & The Bunnymen

One of about 25 music festivals to receive funds from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fun, Solfest will return to the Cumbrian coastline over August bank holiday weekend “with no social distancing measures in place”.

“We are also fortunate enough to have an additional nine weeks after the official end of social distancing measures to survive any short lockdown extensions,” said organisers, before Boris Johnson announced just such an extension. If the worst comes to the worst, tickets will carry over to next year.

Splendour in Nottingham – UNDECIDED

  • When: 24 July
  • Where: Wollaton Park, Nottingham
  • Who: Richard Ashcroft, Supergrass, Rick Astley

“Following the latest government announcement that lockdown restrictions won’t be lifted entirely on 21 June, we’re looking into what this means for Splendour 2021,” said organisers on 14 June.

“We know you’ll have lots of questions, please bear with us whilst we figure out the finer details. A full statement will be coming shortly.”

If the one-day, family-friendly festival takes place, it will include The Vamps, Belinda Carlisle and Becky Hill.

Standon Calling – HOPEFUL

  • When: 22-25 July
  • Where: Standon, Hertfordshire
  • Who: Bastille, Hot Chip, Primal Scream

Celebrating its 16th year, the independent festival announced its line-up on 4 March, with organisers reassuring ticket-holders they were taking adequate precautions to keep crowds safe post-lockdown.

The government’s decision to extend restrictions to 19 July means the event could still go ahead. “We are working with our suppliers, staff and artists to understand how this delay may affect the festival,” said a statement on the festival’s website.

“We are still continuing to plan the 2021 festival and we will be in touch with further information shortly. In the meantime, we thank you all for your ongoing support and patience.”

Sundown – ON

  • When: 3-5 September
  • Where: Norfolk Showground, Norwich
  • Who: Loyle Carner, Sean Paul, Becky Hill, Fredo

Coming at the tail end of festival season, Norfolk’s “bass and pop” festival looks more hopeful than most – and has already sold out. “Here’s to a summer together,” organisers declared last month.

Tramlines – HOPEFUL

  • When: 23-25 July
  • Where: Hillsborough Park, Sheffield
  • Who: The Streets. Royal Blood, Richard Ashcroft

Taking place less than a mile from Sheffield’s city centre, Tramlines has transcended its roots as a free event to become one of the biggest festivals in the north east.

The team are currently looking at the lockdown extension, to see what impact it has on the event.

“Please bear in mind that we will be receiving and processing any information from the government at the same time as you,” they said in a statement.

“Our team will need a few days to digest the guidance to see how it affects our plans. Rest assured, we will let you know how the announcement impacts this year’s event as soon as we possibly can.”⁣


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  • When: 10-12 September
  • Where: Glasgow Green, Glasgow
  • Who: Courteeners, Ian Brown (pictured), Sam Fender, Liam Gallagher, Primal Scream, KSI, The Chemical Brothers, Snow Patrol

Originally scheduled for July, the Scottish festival was pushed back to September in late March. Festival boss Geoff Ellis explained the date change was down to “a combination of the timetable to exit lockdown and the preparation time needed to put on an event of TRNSMT’s scale”.

But he was optimistic, saying the delay “gives us the opportunity to put on the best festival we can for our fans after such a long time without any live music”, and added: “We will, of course, work with all relevant authorities to ensure we follow any guidelines that may be in place in September.”

Truck Festival – HOPEFUL

  • When: 23-25 July
  • Where: Hill Farm, Oxfordshire
  • Who: Bombay Bicycle Club, The Kooks, Royal Blood, Pale Waves

“The Godfather of the small festival scene,” Oxford’s Truck festival sold out before the line-up had even been announced.

As one of the first festivals to take place after lockdown restrictions ease on 19 July, organisers say they are “still busy behind the scenes preparing to welcome you all for that much needed boogie at Hill Farm”.

If the event cannot go ahead, ticket-holders will be offered a refund, or the chance to roll over their tickets to 2022.

Victorious Festival – ON

  • When: 27-29 August
  • Where: Southsea, Portsmouth
  • Who: Madness, The Streets, Royal Blood

Once described as “the best thing to come out of Southsea since Peter Sellers“, the Victorious Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2021.

Most of the bands who were due to play in 2020 are back on the bill this year, with Craig David, Supergrass and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man joining the headliners.

“This year’s line-up is my personal favourite,” says organiser Andy Marsh. “We believe there really is something for everyone to enjoy this Summer and we can’t wait to welcome you all!”

Wireless Festival – RESCHEDULED

  • When: 10-12 September
  • Where: Crystal Palace Park, London
  • Who: Future, Skepta, Migos, AJ Tracey

Wireless, which started out as a nuts-and-bolts indie rock festival in 2005 has, in recent years, transformed into the UK’s biggest showcase for hip-hop and grime. The line-up for 2020’s cancelled event included A$AP Rocky, Skepta, Da Baby, AJ Tracey and D-Block Europe.

This year’s event has been moved back by two months, with organisers saying “early July was too much of a worry for us in the government’s timing out of lockdown”. The new dates mean the festival has had to move out of its home in Finsbury Park to a new venue.

Womad – ON

  • When: 22-25 July
  • Where: Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
  • Who: Anoushka Shankar, Jordan Rakei, Nitin Sawhney

The team behind the internationally-renowned world music festival promised they would “make it happen this year” despite “inevitable changes” in line with government policy.

“What is in no doubt is that Womad 2021 will be, as always, a glorious celebration of the global community, its music, arts, culture, and food,” they added.

They have yet to respond to the delay in easing lockdown restrictions.

Y Not Festival – HOPEFUL

  • When: 30 July -1 August
  • Where: Pikehall, Derbyshire
  • Who: Stereophonics, Bombay Bicycle Club, Blossoms

Organisers of the 15,000-capacity festival say they’ve secured their “biggest line-up yet” with acts like Manic Street Preachers, Jade Bird, Kelis and Sigala joining the headliners.

“One of the upsides of this unique year is the sheer amount of UK artists that will be showcased by festivals and Y Not Festival is no exception,” said founder Jason Oakley. “Thank you for sticking with us and we can’t wait to see you all there.”

After the government’s announcement on 14 June, organisers said they were “gritting our teeth and making preparations for any given scenario“.

“We’d like to stress that the health and safety of our customers and staff always comes first. Should we have to cancel, there will be a chance to roll over your tickets to Y Not Festival 2022, and a chance to claim a full refund for those who need it. Thanks for sticking with us through thick and thin.”

All information was correct at the time of writing. Advice on public gatherings and Covid-related safety guidelines may change, and could affect the prospects of many events.

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