In Focus

UK’s best music festivals in summer 2022

This year’s festival line-up includes Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Creamfields


9-25 June: Hampton Court Palace, London

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Taking place over three weeks in June, at the Tudor Courtyard of Henry VIII’s Palace, the Hampton Court Palace Festival will see a range of live performances from world-renowned acts. This year’s line-up includes Elbow, George Benson, Kacey Musgraves, The Human League, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, and Crowded House.


16-19 June: Seaclose Park, Newport

Isle of Wight Festival 

Lewis Capaldi, Kasabian and Muse will headline the main stage at Isle of Wight Festival 2022. Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra will also present Ibiza Classics conducted by Jules Buckley. Other acts confirmed include Madness, Jessie Ware, Nathan Dawe, The Academic and The Rick Parfitt Jnr Band.


17-19 June: Eridge Park, Kent

Black Deer Festival

Festival favourites James have been announced as one of the headliners alongside Van Morrison, Wilco, and The Waterboys for Black Deer in June. The festival of Americana will also see the likes of Jake Bugg, Drive-By Truckers, Foy Vance, Imelda May, and The Dead South take to the stage at Eridge Park in Kent.


22-26 June: Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset

Glastonbury Festival 

Glastonbury is back and this year’s event will see Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish and Diana Ross take the headline slots. Other confirmed acts include Megan Thee Stallion, Kacey Musgrave, Olivia Rodrigo, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Pet Shop Boys.


30 June-3 July: Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire

El Dorado

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, El Dorado festival at Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire will be a four-day event for the first time. Groove Armada and the Earth, Wind & Fire Experience featuring Al McKay will headline the Garden Stage and other confirmed acts include Hybrid Minds, Shy FX, David Rodigan, and Skream.


8-10 July: Glasgow Green, Glasgow


Paolo Nutini, The Strokes and Lewis Capaldi have been announced as the headliners for TRNSMT 2022. They will be joined in Glasgow by acts such as Sam Fender, The Snuts, Jimmy Eat World, Foals, Wolf Alice, Fontaines D.C., Sigrid, and Beabadoobee.


8-10 July: Moseley Park, Birmingham

Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival

Taking place in Birmingham’s beautiful Moseley Park, the festival continues to be one of the most popular events in the Midlands’ packed cultural calendar. The three-day line-up of live music will include artists such as The Specials, The Fatback Band, The Earth Wind & Fire Experience, Cameo, The Wailers, Nightmares On Wax, Craig Charles, DJ Yoda, and Children of Zeus.


15-24 July: Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

Held over ten days in the Scottish capital, the popular Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival will feature more than 170 performances. Showcasing the best of Scotland’s jazz and blues talent, the event welcomes more than 70,000 people every year.


21-24 July: Henham Park, Suffolk


Held at Henham Park in Suffolk, Latitude “may be the most middle-class of events”, The Guardian said in its 2019 review, but it was also “stylish, dramatic and surprisingly edgy”. This year’s edition will be headlined by Lewis Capaldi, Foals, and Snow Patrol. Russell Howard will be the first comedy headliner. 


24 July: Brighton Beach, Brighton

On The Beach Brighton

After a sold out debut last year, On The Beach makes a triumphant return to the shores of Brighton in July. Lining up for this one-day drum and bass festival will be headline acts Andy C, Sub Focus, Wilkinson, Shy FX, Dimension, Friction, Harriet Jaxxon and more to be announced.


28-31 July: Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Camp Bestival Dorset

Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle in Dorset combines an “all-encompassing family festival experience with an action-packed camping holiday”, said the Daily Mirror. Well contained, easy to navigate and relaxed, it was a “kid’s paradise” Fstival added in its review in 2019. This year’s headliners include Rag’n’Bone Man, Rudimental and Sister Sledge.


6-7 August: Damyns Hall Aerodrome, London


This August We Are FSTVL returns to its spiritual home at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, affectionately known as “The Airfield of Dreams”. Celebrating the very best in house, urban, bass, techno, and drum and bass, the dance festival will feature the likes of Andy C, Armand Van Helden, The Blessed Madonna, Bru-C, Craig David TS5, Jamie Jones, High Contrast, and Marco Carola.


18-21 August: Weston Park, Shropshire

Camp Bestival Shropshire

As well as the event in Dorset, there will also be a Camp Bestival in Shropshire. The inaugural line-up for Weston Park will include Fatboy Slim, Rag’n’Bone Man and Becky Hill as headliners. 


20 August: Victoria Park, London

Field Day

Field Day is celebrating its 15th anniversary and to mark the milestone electronic dance music icons The Chemical Brothers will headline at London’s Victoria Park. Other confirmed acts include Kraftwerk and special guest Peggy Gou.


25-28 August: Daresbury, Cheshire

Creamfields North

Iconic dance music festival Creamfields is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Held on the August bank holiday weekend in Cheshire, it is a “sure-fire gathering of some of the best-known DJs on the world circuit”, the London Evening Standard said. This year’s line-up includes acts such as Above & Beyond, Armin Van Bureen, Camel Phat and Carl Cox.


25-28 August: Lincolnshire

Lost Village

Held in a beautiful forest, set amongst the Lincolnshire countryside, Lost Village is a four-day festival featuring music, food, wellness, comedy and adventure. Musical highlights include artists such as Bonobo, Jamie XX, Tom Misch, Kojey Radical, Horse Meat Disco, Honey Dijon, Daphni, Jayda G and many more. As well as the musical offering, there will also be a big foodie focus at Lost Village. Fine dining experiences within the woods will be offered by KOL, Da Terra and Roberta Hall. Chefs such as Melissa Hemsley and Tim Siadatan (Padella and Trullo) will serve up forest banquets and there’s also a Hawksmoor Sunday Feast.


26-28 August: Richfield Avenue, Reading; Bramham Park, Leeds

Reading and Leeds Festivals

“Mainstage clashes remain a thing of the past”, the Reading and Leeds website said when announcing the headline acts for 2022. The six headliners will be Arctic Monkeys, Dave, Rage Against The Machine, Halsey, Bring Me The Horizon, and Megan Thee Stallion.


26-28 August: Alex James’s farm, The Cotswolds

The Big Feastival

Held at a farm in the Cotswolds owned by Alex James, bassist of Blur, The Big Feastival is a fusion of “good food and great music”, and is the “perfect event” for fans of both as it “brings the two together”, said the Daily Mirror. The Human League, Anne Marie, Stereophonics and Sugababes head the line-up for 2022.


26-28 August: Southsea, Portsmouth

Victorious Festival

Victorious Festival returns to Southsea seafront this summer with a phenomenal line up of acts. Stereophonics, James and afternoon special guests Primal Scream headline on Friday, while on the Saturday it’s Paolo Nutini, Bastille, The Wombats, Declan McKenna, and afternoon special guests Sugababes. Sam Fender, Anne-Marie, Nothing But Thieves, Suede, and special guests The Libertines play on the Sunday.


16-18 September: Hawarden Estate, Flintshire, North Wales

Camp Good Life

Taking place at the end of festival season, Camp Good Life is a small, curated event held at the Hawarden Estate in Flintshire, North Wales, just a few miles from Chester. Among the artists confirmed are Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band; multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Laura Groves; Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter Simon Aldred, aka Cherry Ghost; and the multitalented H. Hawkline.


17-18 September: Beckenham Place Park, London

Hospitality Weekend In The Woods

Drum and bass festival Hospitality Weekend In The Woods is set to take place in the 98-acre Beckenham Place Park, which boasts enchanted woodland, large lakes and a Palladian-style mansion. Thousands of festival goers will be treated to multiple stages of music from the whole spectrum of drum and bass. The line-up includes Flava D, DJ Storm, Camo & Krooked, Fabio & Grooverider + The Outlook Orchestra, Kings Of The Rollers & INJA, Calibre, Dillinja and more. 


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