Portable bathrooms and pop-up tents, the heady mixture of mud and glitter … there isn’t any type of leisure we’ve missed extra throughout the pandemic than the Nice British music competition. It’s no shock that we’re champing on the bit for our first “regular” competition season since 2019, clamouring to make amends for two years’ price of unmissable dwell acts. Most of the summer season’s hottest tickets are already bought out – Glastonbury, Creamfields, Studying and Leeds, Inexperienced Man and extra – however from picturesque three-day household adventures to vibrant inner-city delights, listed below are the festivals price reserving for 2022 …
Finest for … large names
Strawberries & Creem
Only a few folks had “Lil Wayne returning to the UK after 14 years for an unique competition efficiency in a Cambridge orchard” on their 2022 bingo card, but when that sentence excites you, begin packing for Strawberries & Creem 2022. In the event you want extra of a motive, the remainder of the lineup is equally stacked, that includes heavyweights corresponding to Tion Wayne, Ghetts, Mabel, Ms Banks, Tems, Katy B and Excessive Distinction, plus a takeover by Notting Hill carnival.
17 to 19 June, Childerley Orchard, Cambridge
With a poster that appears like a mosher’s diary in 2002, the French competition Hellfest pulls out all of the stops this yr. Legacy acts throughout traditional rock, punk, hardcore, doom steel, screamo and extra rub shoulders on a lineup that spans the Offspring and Megadeth to Envy and L7, with sufficient new blood thrown in (Knocked Free, Code Orange, Increased Energy) to really feel as important as ever. Regardless of how you want your riffs within the morning, this lot have you ever lined.
17 to 19 & 23 to 26 June, Clisson, France
Wi-fi has additionally expanded this yr, from three days at Finsbury Park to 2 weekends with three totally different lineups in three totally different places: London’s Crystal Palace (A$AP Rocky, J Cole, Tyler, the Creator) and Finsbury Park (Cardi B, SZA, Nicki Minaj), and Birmingham (Dave, Cardi B, J Cole). With icons corresponding to Little Simz, Popcaan, Metropolis Ladies and D-Block Europe filling the times, every weekend has one thing barely totally different however equally immense to supply. Good luck selecting between them.
1 to three July, Crystal Palace Park, London; 8-10 July, Finsbury Park, London; Out of doors at NEC, Birmingham
Rock the Park
This Wrexham weekender appeared to return out of completely nowhere with a lineup that has in some way flawlessly hit the area of interest however thriving intersection of ironic millennials and lager dads. What’s distinctive about this competition is that it options at some point of business dance legends corresponding to Scooter, Cascada, Darren Kinds, Vengaboys and Ultrabeat adopted by two days of predominantly heavy steel tribute acts. Extremely uncommon however extraordinarily enjoyable vibes; in some ways the proper 2022 occasion.
5 to 7 August, Boras Corridor Lane, Wrexham
All Points East
So that you thought you’d “wait and see how issues go together with the pandemic” earlier than committing to worldwide journey and now you don’t have tickets to Barcelona’s good however sold-out Primavera Sound. To not fear! London’s All Factors East might not have assured 19+C climate and mojitos on faucet, however it does have lots of the identical enormous headliners: Gorillaz, Tame Impala, Nick Cave and the Dangerous Seeds, the Nationwide, to not point out Saturday’s Area Day, with Chemical Brothers and Kraftwerk … throw on some flip-flops, say “por favor” whereas ordering your six pints of Pink Stripe and also you’ll kind of get the identical expertise.
19, 20, 25 to twenty-eight August, Victoria Park, London
Finest for … households
And so they’re off! Wychwood is an early spotlight of excessive summer season music competition season, reconfiguring Cheltenham Racecourse into an all-ages, multifaceted occasion designed to permit anybody with offspring in tow to let their hair down (it helps, maybe, that the entire website is so flat). Kitchen disco queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor heads up the 2022 runners and riders; coinciding with jubilee weekend will most likely add to the celebratory vibe.
3 to five June, Cheltenham Racecourse
Doune the Rabbit Hole
This long-running impartial Scottish competition is now effectively established on the Cardross Property amid the sheep-filled hills of Stirlingshire. This yr’s invoice consists of some rock veterans who’ve lengthy impressed cult fandom – notably Patti Smith, Belle and Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub – however the occasion is welcoming to all ages, with a devoted household discipline curated by the Kidding Round collective. In contrast to many different festivals, under-12s get in free.
14 to 17 July, Cardross Property, nr Stirling
The self-proclaimed “household festi-holiday” curated by wife-and-husband staff Josie and Rob da Financial institution has lengthy been a July fixture at Lulworth Citadel in Dorset. This yr it expands with an August offshoot happening at Weston Park, Shropshire. The acts might differ throughout the 2 payments (burly crooner Rag’n’Bone Man performs each) however the concentrate on kid-friendly enjoyable is constant, notably within the fun-filled Wild Tribe zone.
28 to 31 July, Lulworth Citadel, Dorset; 18 to 21 August, Weston Park, Shropshire
Deer Shed festival
Located in Baldersby Park in North Yorkshire, Deer Shed is a welcoming arts, music and science competition that goals for the cross-generational enchantment of a Pixar film. The standard of acts featured – together with John Grant and Self Esteem – is spectacular sufficient, however the wider programme is teeming with actions for all ages, together with a Wilderwild space to find out about nature or simply relax.
29 to 31 July, Baldersby Park, Topcliffe
The Big Feastival
For these about to roquefort: the music and foodie blowout staged at Alex James’s Cotswolds cheese farm is high-profile sufficient to safe the actually massive names. Which is why, together with headliners corresponding to Anne-Marie, there will even be a private look by beloved youngsters TV pup star Bluey. It’s simply a part of a wide-ranging, family-friendly menu that features cookery workshops for little cooks and celebrity-read bedtime tales.
26 to twenty-eight August, Kingham, nr Chipping Norton
Finest for … new music
Liverpool’s Sound Metropolis celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with headline slots from Self Esteem and the Lathums, and lots extra acts moreover throughout rising indie, pop and alt-folk. It’s actual promoting level is its convention occasions, introducing you to new artists whereas additionally providing you with the inspirational pointers to consider changing into one your self. Go all out and make a protracted weekend of it – it’s a financial institution vacation in any case.
30 April to 1 Might, numerous venues, Liverpool
The Great Escape
For many who prefer to boast about early adoption, it doesn’t come a lot better than Brighton’s Nice Escape. A brand new-music trainspotter’s paradise, it showcases greater than 400 artists from across the globe, and has earned a popularity as a severe trade networking occasion, with acts being signed and spotlighted on the power of their dwell buzz. Present must-sees embody Denise Chaila, Sipho and Yard Act, however you’ll have to get down early; these hot-ticket rooms refill quick.
11 to 14 Might, numerous venues, Brighton
A two-dig shindig in Brockwell Park, south London, Vast Awake has the dimensions of a conventional discipline competition, however the intimacy of a carefully curated lineup. Primal Scream will present the acquainted headline hits, however in any other case it’s a veritable feast of beginner names who make music that sits slightly adjoining to the mainstream: Floating Factors, Chubby and the Gang, Faye Webster, Fatoumata Diawara. A robust concentrate on environmental sustainability marks it out as promisingly aware occasion, in step with its modern ethos.
27 & 28 Might, Brockwell Park, London
Live at Leeds
Having rejigged its post-pandemic strategy, Stay at Leeds is now an umbrella model for 2 occasions: a conventional park-based competition (happening on 4 June, with Bombay Bicycle Membership headlining), and the multivenue strategy everyone knows and love. The inner-city model takes place in October, permitting you to pound the Yorkshire pavement with out the danger of sunburn or inadvertent publicity to a lukewarm overpriced pint. Begin on the Brudenell Social Membership, and work backwards into the town centre; acts are TBC, however venue curation is at all times on pointe.
4 June, Temple Newsam; 15 October, numerous venues, Leeds
Happening at Margate’s Dreamland after a profitable trial run in 2019, Leisure competition returns for 2022 with its new and improved boutique focus. In search of to champion new artists and inclusive gender parity, it’s already making good with a collection of indie’s greatest and brightest: Mitski, Soccer Mommy, Nilüfer Yanya, Sorry, HighSchool and L’Rain. Try some new names, after which hit the Curler Disco – it’s a recent twist on quintessential British seaside vacation.
24 June, Dreamland, Margate
Finest for … energetic atmospheres
A competition that actively embraces the life-changing magic of getting dressed up, Mighty Hoopla is a uncommon occasion that treats pop music with the reverence it deserves, making a haven for the LGBTQIA+ group. Cascada, Booty Luv, Anastacia and Sugababes might be bringing the nostalgia, whereas Jessie Ware, Massive Freedia and Confidence Man stake their declare as future-forward entertainers. Catch us down the entrance for Romeo & Lisa Maffia, the stuff of true millennial goals.
3 & 4 June, Brockwell Park, London
It’s a reality universally identified that metalheads are among the many friendliest of music followers, which makes Obtain an actual deal with for these seeking to foster a little bit of campsite camaraderie. The headliners are maybe slightly uninspired at this level (Kiss, Iron Maiden, Biffy Clyro), however additional down the checklist there are some nice new names to be discovered: Static Costume, Yonaka, Detest and Drag Race’s very personal Bimini will all deliver a contemporary tackle alt-rock.
10 to 12 June, Donington Park, Citadel Donington
Happening in sunny Madrid, Mad Cool 2022 greater than makes up for its pandemic fallow yr with a veritable feast of heavy-hitters and breakout stars: Metallica, Stormzy, Florence + the Machine, Phoebe Bridgers, Sam Fender. There’s a motive many UK acts cite it as certainly one of their favourites to play: the varied lineup and heat climate come collectively to create a vibe that feels slightly like an abroad Glastonbury, with a website that’s rather more conveniently compact.
6 to 10 July, Madrid, Spain
The Beat-Herder festival
A fan favorite within the strongest sense, Beat-Herder is a competition that pulls again the identical down-to-earth crowds yr on yr, no matter that yr’s chosen musical roster. In the event you’re into your dance music and don’t thoughts pulling some severe all-nighters, get your ticket booked; these famed 4am karaoke classes on the onsite Working Males’s Membership must be seen to be believed.
14 to 17 July, Dockber Farm, Sawley, nr Clitheroe
Fancy surrendering your self to 4 days of decadence in a long-forgotten Lincolnshire forest? Placing the capital E in Expertise, Misplaced Village caters to those that like their festivals to have a powerful conceptual focus, mixing music, meals, comedy and wellbeing workshops in an immersive setting. It’s effectively established however nonetheless sufficiently small to really feel particular, and also you’ll depart with a a lot stronger sense of self … or at very least, a very spectacular hangover.
25 to twenty-eight August, nr Newark
Finest for … genre-hoppers
Billed as a competition of “adventurous” music and interdisciplinary efficiency, the Dutch Rewire has a broad programme steered extra by a frame of mind than anything. On the invoice you’ll discover acts corresponding to Grouper, Jenny Hval and the Bug alongside lesser-known and rising names, plus a variety of membership nights, installations, talks, screenings and extra unfolding in live performance halls, theatres, church buildings, night time golf equipment, galleries and public areas throughout The Hague.
7 to 10 April, The Hague, Netherlands
It’s an enormous yr for Afrobeats in Portugal, with each Rolling Loud and Afro Nation bringing their festivals to the Algarve for 2022. With earlier occasions in Ghana and Puerto Rico, Afro Nation has the accolade of being the world’s greatest competition centered on Afrobeats, dancehall, bashment, R&B and hip-hop. With Burna Boy, Wizkid, Beenie Man and Pa Salieu within the lineup and a website on the Praia da Rocha seaside that appears like a Tui brochure come to life, it’s clear why.
1 to three July, Portimão, Portugal
2000 Timber is to punk-leaning rock what Inexperienced Man is to folk-leaning rock and indie: an ideal mid-sized competition serving a mix of family and underground names and group vibes. Held within the Cotswold Hills, this yr’s lineup boasts Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Laura Jane Grace and Turnstile plus a stack of UK darlings corresponding to Idles, Chubby and the Gang and Mclusky. A good time for these of us nonetheless devoted to skinny denims.
7 to 9 July, Upcote Farm, Withington, nr Cheltenham
So far as music, artwork and dance festivals go, Glastonbury might need the monopoly on the extremes of wholesomeness and hedonism, however Womad is the king of eclecticism. Greater than 150 artists from 50 international locations will make their solution to Charlton Park, together with the Flaming Lips, Fatoumata Diawara and Greentea Peng, whereas this yr’s free workshop programme presents every part from Brazilian folkloric dance to Palestinian singing to Iyengar yoga. The phrase “one thing for everybody” was by no means extra apt.
28 to 31 July, Charlton Park, nr Malmesbury
We Out Here
In the event you’re searching for someplace to hearken to Brazilian jazz-funk but in addition partake in wild swimming and a curler disco, We Out Right here has all of that after which some. Curated and organised by Gilles Peterson, the Cambridgeshire competition is a lifesize celebration of all of the underground membership music pies the legendary DJ has had his fingers in over time, bringing collectively younger and pioneering artists throughout soul, hip-hop, home, afro, electronica and past. And earlier than you ask, sure, there might be “crisp sound and manufacturing”.
25 to twenty-eight August, Abbots Ripton, nr Huntingdon
Finest for … epic surroundings
Staged among the many copses of Feanedock – a 70-acre woodland on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border – Timber is an eco-shindig of music, artwork and concepts the place the nationwide forest setting is the star. Whereas the varied three-day programme is all about elevating pure consciousness with storytelling, hands-on workshops and environmental artwork, there may be additionally the primal attraction of raving it up in a secluded magical dell.
1 to three July, Feanedock, nr Ashby de la Zouch
Belladrum Tartan Heart festival
Dramatic Highland hills, towering bushes and countless Scottish skies are simply a part of the enchantment of Tartan Coronary heart, hosted on the Belladrum Property west of Inverness. The 2022 theme of “myths and legends” ought to make this much-loved and fiercely impartial fest really feel much more transportive, helped by an eclectic musical visitor checklist that features Nile Rodgers, Emeli Sandé and Passenger alongside a number of the greatest conventional people musicians within the nation.
28 to 30 July, Belladrum, nr Inverness
Mounting your occasion within the Lake District looks like a cheat code for accessing pure magnificence, however the bucolic Kendal Calling has at all times finished issues slightly in another way (corresponding to providing Tim Burgess using a log cabin to make his Tim Peaks Diner idea a actuality). Pandemic interference meant that the competition missed its official fifteenth anniversary in 2020 however the 2022 version appears decided to make up for it.
28 to 31 July, Lowther Deer Park, nr Penrith
Happening on the banks of Chew Valley Lake 9 miles south of Bristol, this boutique-sized celebration of music and native meals – hosted by a pleasant farmer who likes to joke “get on my land” – presents an easygoing vibe and wondrous views of the limestone Mendip Hills, formally an space of excellent pure magnificence. Highlights on the Lake Stage embody Clear Bandit, Travis and the Dolly Present, the UK’s greatest Dolly Parton impersonator.
4 to 7 August, Chew Magna, nr Bristol
Surf tradition is on the coronary heart of Newquay’s bodacious Boardmasters competition, a five-day hybrid occasion that boasts its personal seaside. Whereas hanging out on the laid-back surf and skate village that sprouts up on Fistral Seashore is interesting, the principle Watergate Bay website additionally gives a hanging backdrop for musical friends. Kings of Leon, Disclosure and Damian Marley are among the many artists hoping to make waves this yr.
10 to 14 August, Watergate Bay & Fistral Seashore, Newquay