With the New Year bringing with it hope for fans to return to sporting events across the world, make sure you keep up-to-date with all the big sport and music events set to take place over the next 12 months by downloading the Shoot Music Calendar for 2021.
With the Coronavirus pandemic putting many major sporting and music events on hold in 2020, the rollout of vaccines has given renewed hope that spectators will be able to return to sporting events, gigs, and music festivals at some point in the next 12 months.
The pushback has meant that 2021 has become an even more packed schedule of events than expected, meaning there is more than enough sport for everyone to be watching, whether they are able to get to football, rugby and cricket grounds, or if they’re sat at home tuning into the latest motorsport, athletics and and golf events.
With the music industry in particular hit hard by the pandemic, the hopeful return of festivals and gigs in the UK this year will be a much needed shot in the arm. Fans will be eager to flock to Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Download Festival and other events to watch sports fanatics like Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure, AJ Tracey, Mabel, The Darkness, YUNGBLUD, Sports Team, beabadoobee and more entertain them this summer.
To help you keep track of all the biggest events across sport and music this year, you can click here to download the 2021 Shoot Sport and Music Calendar!
Kicking things off this month in January, today sees the Premier League and Championship clubs enter the FA Cup in the Third Round of the competition, with fans of lower league sides hoping to see their side cause an upset. The start of the year’s cricket action for England also begins with a two test series in Sri Lanka.
February sees an action packed NFL season come to an end at Superbowl LV (55) on February 7 in Tampa Bay, Florida, with one of 2020’s biggest hitmakers The Weeknd headlining the always highly-anticipated halftime show. Along with this, the first major Tennis event of the year, the Australian Open, begins in Melbourne; Eddie Jones’ England Rugby Union side begin the defence of their Six Nations title and the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League begin.
March sees the lights go out on the 2021 Formula One season, as Lewis Hamilton looks to become the first eight-time World Champion in the sport’s history. The Betfred Super League also makes it return – as will its weekly playlist – along with international football, as qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar begins.
April sees a whole host of major sporting events taking place across a plethora of sports including horse racing, rowing, golf, snooker and more. It also marks the start of the County Cricket season and the first major domestic football final of the year, as Manchester City and Tottenham face off in the Carabao Cup Final.
May sees the Premier League season come to an end, with defending champions Liverpool, Manchester United Leicester and Spurs among the sides right in the mix for the title right now. The FA Cup and Champions League winners will also be crowned, with the clay season in Tennis going into full swing with the French Open and Rugby League’s Magic Weekend taking place in Newcastle.
June sees the delayed UEFA EURO 2020 tournament take place across the continent, with England, Scotland and Wales all harbouring hopes of international glory. Cycling’s premier competition, the Tour De France kicks off and Wimbledon making a welcome return to the tennis calendar after being cancelled last year.
July begins with the crowning of the EUROS winner, however the major event is the opening ceremony and start of the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, with Team GB hoping to top their incredible haul tally of 67 medals (27 Gold) at the 2016 games. F1 fans will be hoping they can flock to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, the British and Irish Lions begin their test series against South Africa and The Hundred – domestic cricket’s newest competition – begins its inaugural season.
August marks the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, along with the start of the Paralympics. All eyes in football turn to the Premier League as the 2021-22 season begins, as does England’s five test series against India and the US Open.
September sees qualifying for the 2022 World Cup heat up with the competition in Qatar, with the Women’s Rugby World Cup also kicking off in New Zealand. Across the pond, the NFL returns for a brand new season and Europe – captained by Padraig Harrington – will look to defend the Ryder Cup as they head to Whistling Straits in Wisconsin to take on the USA.
October kicks off with thousands of runners taking to the streets of the English capital for the London Marathon. In cricket, the West Indies will defend their title at the Twenty20 World Cup in India and the latest Nations League champions will be crowned in Milan.
November sees a number of sports reach the conclusion of major events, with the tennis calendar come to an end at the ATP Finals in Italy, the final round of European World Cup qualifying group games taking place and the new Twenty20 World champions being crowned. The highlight for many however will be England’s cricketers heading down under as they look to reclaim The Ashes from Australia
The year comes to an end in December with the Formula One season coming to an end in Abu Dhabi. The Ashes will continue to heat up throughout the final month of 2021, with the year’s sporting achievements in the UK being honoured at the Sports Personality of the Year awards.