In Focus

UK’s best music festivals in 2022

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


18-29 May: Perth, Scotland

Perth Festival of the Arts 

The Perth Festival of the Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary in May. Starting as an opera and classical music festival in the early 1970s, it now covers all art forms including drama, rock, folk, jazz, visual art, literature and comedy. Scottish alt-rock band Twin Atlantic, Jools Holland and his rhythm and blues orchestra, and saxophonist Tommy Smith are on the schedule. 


27-28 May: Brockwell Park, London

Wide Awake

The Wide Awake music festival will be held over two days in south London’s Brockwell Park in May and feature artists from a range of genres, such as left-field indie, post punk, electronica, techno and jazz. Headline acts already confirmed include Bicep and Primal Scream. 


27-30 May: Woolacombe, Devon

Spring Classic

A brand new music festival, the Spring Classic, will be held in May at Woolacombe Bay in north Devon. Celebrating live music, surf, skate, ride and van culture, the festival will showcase a range of high-profile acts alongside local musicians. There will also be live fire cooking feasts, demonstrations and a show and shine area for van and motor lovers. Dance music pioneers Hot Chip, Crazy P and The Nextmen will headline and the line-up includes acts such as Porij, Anchorsong, Falle Nioke, Far Caspian and Low Island. 


2-5 June: Hay-on-Wye, Wales


HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest festival of philosophy and music, is back in its spiritual home this year after two years of virtual events. Over the Jubilee weekend, an unrivalled roster of philosophers, politicians, scientists, comedians and musicians will decamp to Hay-on-Wye in Wales.

The festival’s musical line-up includes three-time Grammy nominees Groove Armada, Mercury Prize-winner Talvin Singh, Mercury nominee Django Django and soulful singer and cellist Ayanna Witter Johnson. The bill also boasts Afro-futuristic collective Steam Down, folk singer King Charles and indie band Peaness.


2-5 June: Scorrier House, Cornwall

The Great Estate

Described as “a most rambunctious garden fête”, The Great Estate is a boutique, family festival held within the grounds of Scorrier House in Cornwall. For the four-day Jubilee weekend there will be an increased capacity of 10,000 guests, who will be treated to a music line-up including Manic Street Preachers, Electric Six, and The Sugarhill Gang. To celebrate the Queen’s milestone year, there will be a world record attempt of the most people wearing paper crowns, plus a festival-wide royal themed fancy dress competition and royal garden games.


3-4 June: Titanic Slipways, Belfast, Northern Ireland

AVA Festival Belfast

International icons from the live and electronic worlds will head to the heart of Belfast city to play alongside grassroots southern and northern Irish talent. Held at Titanic Slipways, a new venue with an iconic Belfast docklands backdrop, the two-day event will feature slamming techno, bumpin’ house, fizzy garage and raucous breakbeats, through to meditative ambient, soul-soothing r’n’b, Irish hip-hop and rap. The line-up includes VTSS, Floorplan, Biig Piig, Ross From Friends (Live), Kessler, Bklava, Holly Lester, Or:la and many more.


3-4 June: Brockwell Park, London

Mighty Hoopla

A week after Wide Awake is held at London’s Brockwell Park, it will be the turn of Mighty Hoopla. The pop music festival’s line-up includes Steps, Sugababes, Anastacia, Jessie Ware, and 2 Unlimited.


3-4 June: Hylands Park, Chelmsford

Creamfields South

Iconic dance music festival Creamfields is celebrating its 25th anniversary and this year there will be two editions – one in the south and one in the north. The southern event on Jubilee bank holiday weekend is an all-new 50,000-capacity two-day camping festival held at Hylands Park in Chelmsford. The line-up will include the likes of Eric Prydz, CamelPhat, Charlotte De Witte, Fatboy Slim, Hybrid Minds, Ben Nicky, David Guetta, Helena Hauff, Michael Bibi, Jamie Jones and Maya Jane Coles.


3-5 June: Old Park Farm, Margam, Wales

In It Together

The debut edition of In It Together festival in Wales will see Two Door Cinema Club headline the main stage on the Friday, while Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Clean Bandit take the main slots on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Set across eight stages, the festival will also feature international artists from across the music spectrum, including The Vaccines, The Editors, Vistas, Armand van Helden, Roger Sanchez, Eats Everything b2b Skream, Tinie Tempah, Scouting For Girls and Gabrielle.


4 June: Wembley, London

Wembley Park Jubilee Dance Party

On Saturday 4 June Wembley Park will host an all-day dance party to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee. Free to attend and for all ages, the festival will see live acts, DJs and dance leaders performing on five stages, while dedicated family zones and street food will also feature. The main stage will be located in front of the Olympic Steps, entrance to the iconic Wembley Stadium. Additional stages will be spread across the whole of Olympic Way.


5 June: Brockwell Park, London

Cross the Tracks 

Brockwell Park’s packed events calendar also includes the third edition of Cross The Tracks on Sunday 5 June. Taking place from midday to 10pm, the festival will feature six stages with headline acts Khruangbin, Joy Crookes, Patrice Rushen, Gilles Peterson, Sampa The Great, and Mereba joined by the likes of Macy Gray, Seun Kuti, and Roy Ayers. There will also be 40 street food traders, a creatives market and craft beer fair.


9-12 June: Anglesey Forest, Wales

Gottwood Festival 

Nestled in the middle of the Anglesey Forest, Gottwood Festival has long been one of electronic music’s best-kept secrets. Returning for the first time since 2019, artists confirmed for the intimate underground electronic music festival include Helena Hauff, Nia Archives, Hunee, Move D, DJ Format, Extrawelt, Peach, Skream, Nicolas Lutz, 2 Bad Mice, Margaret Dygas, Yung Singh and more. 


11-12 June: Heaton Park, Manchester


Held at Heaton Park in Manchester, the Parklife festival “blends beats from multiple music genres, including hip hop, grime, pop, rock, club, house and dance DJs”, said the Daily Mirror. Tyler The Creator, 50 Cent, Megan Thee Stallion and Lewis Capaldi are among the acts confirmed for 2022. 


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.


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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