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24 – 26 September 2021 / Rouken Glen Park, Glasgow

Playground Festival


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A boutique festival inspiring childlike wonder on Glasgow's south side

Playground Festival was launched in 2019 as a boundary-blurring weekend for music lovers of all genres. Nestled in Rouken Glen Park, a hidden escape near the heart of Glasgow, the boutique wonderland event was designed to get all ages to come out and play.

The inaugural 2019 edition featured Groove Armada, Lauryn Hill and Hot Chip in the headliner slots, joined by the likes of Friendly Fires, De La Soul, Django Django and many other incredible acts.

In addition to a wide range of music across several stages, Playground Festival strives to offer other delights from heritage acts with timeless classics to emerging DJs with eye-popping light shows. Plus there are amazing acrobatic air displays and plenty of opportunities to educate the little ones on the music that has shaped the artists of today.

The Playground Festival site also includes lots of places to chill out with a drink – from craft beer stalls and pop-up cocktail vans to gin bars – and an artisan food truck village to enjoy a bite to eat.

In 2020, Playground Festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers announced the festival would return to Rouken Glen Park for its second year from 24 – 26 September 2021. Three stages are set to showcase a stellar line-up topped by The Libertines, James, Boy George & Culture Club and Nile Rodgers & CHIC. A slew of amazing talent – including Orbital, Hot Chip, Morcheeba, Leftfield (DJ set), Glasvegas, Kelis, Róisín Murphy, Kathy Sledge, Vitalic, Razorlight, Macy Gray, Craig Charles, Body & Soul, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and many more – rounds out the carefully curated line-up.

With music spanning such a wide spectrum of genres and the chance to lose your inhibitions dancing, Playground Festival is the place to rediscover your inner child while having a weekend to remember. 

Playground Festival's 2021 headliners

The Libertines Formed in London in 1997 by volatile songwriting partners Carl Barât and Pete Doherty and later joined by John Hassall and Gary Powell, The Libertines rose to fame in 2004 with their No.1-charting self-titled sophomore album. Over the years, they've broken up and reunited, releasing their third album Anthems For Doomed Youth in 2015 while always continuing to deliver raucous and rocking live shows.

James The long-running Mancunian alternative-pop heroes who got their start in the early '80s landed their first big hit in 1991 with Sit Down, which was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award. James now have 16 albums under their belts, with their latest being 2021's All The Colours Of You.

Boy George & Culture Club The pop heavyweights who came together in 1981 are known for huge hits like Karma Chameleon, Do You Really Want To Hurt Me and It's A Miracle. Culture Club is fronted by one of the world's most influential and universally loved artists, Boy George, who performs alongside original members Mikey Craig and Roy Hay. The band released their sixth album Life in 2018 and have sold more than 150 million records worldwide to date.

Nile Rodgers & CHIC – With three Grammy Awards under his belt and more than 200 million albums sold, Nile Rodgers is another hugely respected and well-loved figure in the world of music. In addition to performing with CHIC, the acclaimed disco band he formed in 1976, Rodgers also collaborates with everyone from old school to contemporary artists.


Playground Festival strives to be an event everyone can enjoy

Playground Festival is committed to ensuring an accessible and enjoyable experience for all festival goers. There's a dedicated accessible entrance to the festival, as well as accessible toilets on site. Those unable to attend without the assistance of a PA can apply for a complimentary PA ticket. Find more details here.

To better accommodate your needs, make all accessible ticketing requests through the contact email below.

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Rouken Glen Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, Glasgow G46 7UG

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Getting there

The 38B, 38C and 395 bus lines stop near Rouken Glen Park.

Rouken Glen Park is a two-minute walk from Whitecraigs station, a 10-minute walk from Patterton station and a 20-minute walk from Thornliebank station. Throughout Glasgow, simply head to Glasgow Central which has connecting trains to all of these stations.

Festival goers are urged to use public transport but if you drive, enter postal code G46 7UG for your satellite navigation. There is very limited parking available with on-street parking in surrounding areas and additional spaces at nearby Eastwood Park.


Playground Festival is a three-day event that will take place from 24 – 26 September 2021.

Playground Festival will be held at Glasgow's Rouen Glen Park. Find more details about the location here.

The headliners for the 2021 Playground Festival are The Libertines and James on Friday’s opening night, with Boy George & Culture Club appearing on Saturday and Nile Rodgers & CHIC leading the Sunday programme.

Supporting artists include Orbital, Glasvegas, Morcheeba, Hot Chip, Kelis, Róisín Murphy, Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge, Razorlight, Macy Gray, Craig Charles, Body & Soul, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and many more. Get more information about the line-up here.

Yes, there are no age restrictions for Playground Festival but all persons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for Playground Festival’s 2021 dates are on sale now.

The gates at Playground Festival will open at 14:00 and close at 23:00 on each day of the event.

If Playground Festival can't go ahead in September 2021 as planned, you can either roll your ticket over to the following year or request a refund. 

No, folding chairs are not allowed into the festival site.

No, only guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted at Playground Festival.

Among the items not permitted at Playground Festival are any illegal substances, drugs, alcohol, fireworks or other explosives and weapons.