New On Skiddle: Parklife Festival, FLY Open Air Festival, LooseFest & more

Discover the latest events now on sale with Skiddle

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 6th Feb 2023

The spring and summer of 2023 look set to be the busiest on record where live events are concerned! Wall-to-wall music and art festivals, UK-wide tours from some of the best bands in the business, road-tripping the British Isles to perform in grassroots venues large and small, and a shedload of late-night parties in sweaty clubs and warehouse spaces - there's no limit of things to get excited about this year. Seriously, you'll be struggling to find space on your calendar to squeeze all of these epic experiences in at this rate! Case in point, this week's New on Skiddle.

On the off chance our introduction to this latest feature failed to convince you of a busy year ahead or you think we're just telling porkies, let us politely direct you to the mind-blowing, jaw-on-the-floor, thigh-slappingly-good list of events that have recently come on sale with Skiddle, below. 

Continue reading down the page to see what's on offer in the months to come and start thinking about where you'll be spending the sunny seasons in 2023. 


(Click or tap on the event titles, artists or venue names for tickets and more. All tickets are available for purchase at the time of writing.)



Parklife Festival 2023

When: Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th June 2023

Where: Heaton Park in Manchester

Possibly one of the most outrageous lineups we've seen from the obviously very talented team of promoters behind the UK's largest metropolitan festival, Parklife. We've studied this bill for quite some time, since it was released to the public last week, and we can't quite figure out who's missing from it. Almost every big name is represented here, covering genres from hip-hop to house, pop and grime. 

Some of the standouts include the Wu-Tang Clan, who'll share the stage with fellow East Coast legend Nas for the very first time here in Britain, local boy Aitch, Skrillex, The 1975, Slowthai, Raye, Carl Cox and Peggy Gou. We could go on and on... Check out the ridiculous bill of acts listed on the image above.


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Friendly Fest 2023

When: Saturday 24th June 2023

Where: Kynoch Park in Keith

Friendly Fest returns to Kynoch Park in Keith in 2023 for the first time in 4 long years, and it's bringing with it a lineup worth stopping and taking note of.

Headlining this summer's event, ticket holders can expect to be moved to the golden era sounds of 90s dance from Livin Joy’s iconic singer, Janice Robinson. The songstress, who wrote one of the decade’s biggest anthems, 'Dreamer', will perform a score of Livin Joy's biggest hits at the peak of the event, whilst top-rated tribute acts the likes of The Gerry Cinnamon Experience, Spice World and A Northern Soul, dedicated to The Verve and Richard Ashcroft, will have the thousands in attendance dancing and singing along to a nostalgic soundtrack of well-known records. 


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Fabio & Grooverider and The Outlook Orchestra

When: Thursday 27th July 2023

Where: Lloyds Amphitheatre in Bristol

Icons of the UK's drum n bass scene, Fabio & Grooverider have joined forces with some of the nation's finest musicians, the talented members of The Outlook Orchestra, to bring a very special reimagining of the past three decades in bass music to fans in the birthplace of the genre this July. 

Straight off the back of three sold-out shows at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the pair, along with the 40-strong orchestral ensemble, will bring this incredible show to audiences in the South West for the very first time. Expect a sonic journey in drum n bass featuring a selection of legendary guest vocalists, live from Bristol’s beautiful Harbourside Amphitheatre.


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LooseFest 2023

When: Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th August 2023

Where: Newcastle Town Moor in Newcastle

More than 60,000 avid dance fans descended on Newcastle Town Moor for LooseFest 2022, shattering the festival's previous attendance records. Can the event go one bigger in 2023 and set the bar even higher? With some of the biggest DJs in the scene already confirmed to throw it down, it's looking pretty likely. 

The sought-after two-day event has recently revealed that Patrick Topping's revered label, Trick will host its very own stage at this August's edition, with the likes of Ben Hemsley, Hannah Laing, Schak and Melle Brown all lending their expertise behind the decks. And this is only the beginning...

Many more internationally renowned names have yet to be announced. Watch this space for more details as and when they come. 


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FLY Open Air Festival

When: Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st May 2023

Where: Hopetoun House in Edinburgh

Another gob-smacking lineup that's stirred excitement between the Skiddle team, Edinburgh's FLY Open Air is overcrowded with acclaimed electronic artists. From Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal to DJ Heartstring, Chaos In The CBD, Ben Hemsley and Hannah Laing, two names we're guaranteed to be hearing a lot from this year, it really is a bill to behold. 

Running over two days, on the idyllic grounds of Hopetoun House, this is undoubtedly the perfect summer escape for those looking to make the most of the UK's festival season in 2023. Who needs a holiday abroad anyway? 


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Woodland Disco Festival 2023

When: Saturday 8th July 2023

Where: Newstead Abbey in Nottingham

Immerse yourself in the magical woodlands of Newstead Abbey this July, and discover some of the best in disco and house soundtracking a weekend of unparalleled live music. That's right, Nottingham's Woodland Disco Festival is back with a brand new setting to call home in 2023. 

Join a gathering of like-minded disco ball enthusiasts amidst the breathtaking natural festival site for a one-day festival experience like no other. Phase one of this year's lineup will see highly regarded selectors the likes of Barbara Tucker, Spiller, Craig Charles and Jon 'Pleased' Wimmin, to name but a few, lining up to spin time-honoured classics across the summertime spectacular.  


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DanceOnArrival: Bournemouth Weekender 2023

When: Friday 28th April - Monday 1st May 2023

Where: Bournemouth in Bournemouth

3 days and nights of quality live music are in store for the people of Bournemouth this summer, as DanceOnArrival lands on the sunny shores of South West England.

Situated adjacent to the seven-mile-long stretch of golden sands and channel waters, this stunning seaside festival is set to welcome some of the most in-demand names in house, techno and UK garage for a weekend of unruly fun over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

Think beach parties and raves within quirky spaces hosted by 40 notable dance talents, with music running through the day, long into the night and back into the day again. Start making arrangements and dust off those old sunnies, ready for an incredible start to the summer at DanceOnArrival 2023.


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Melting Pot x Heverlee Springtime Weekender

When: Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th May 2023

Where: Queen's Park Recreation Ground in Glasgow

Returning to Glasgow’s Southside for an unmissable Bank Holiday weekend of dance, the Melting Pot and Heverlee Spring Weekender is back. 

The annual summertime soiree will once again take up residence among the green landscapes of Queen’s Park Recreation Grounds, in Scotland's cultural epicentre. Assembling a huge big top ten where a stocked lineup of respected DJs will perform, the festival will also feature the Heverlee Village, boasting 'The Big Feed' food arena with delicious treats coming courtesy of a score of local vendors. 

Appearing over the two-day event, attendees can expect to see sets from Horse Meat Disco, Luke Una, Melting Pot, James Holden (live) David Barbarossa, Optimo (Espacio) and many more. Check out the image above for more details. 


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Hannah Wants (Extended set)

When: Friday 3rd March 2023

Where: Lost Horizon HQ in Bristol

Self-taught turntablist, Hannah Wants has added another date to her increasingly busy live schedule this year. Heading south this March, the former pro-footballer turned superstar DJ will make a stop off at Bristol's Lost Horizon HQ performing a rare extended set. 

The acclaimed producer, who's released on some of dance music’s most admired labels, including Defected and Solardo's SOLA imprint, has become a favourite among fans of electronic music in recent years. Known for room-reading expertise, she's regularly booked to appear at some of the UK's biggest clubs - from London's Printworks to Manchester's The Warehouse Project - and has held down a series of residencies of clubs on the White Isles.  

Don't miss your opportunity to catch a unique Hannah Wants DJ set, combining classic influences with contemporary house and tech styles, at Lost Horizon this March.


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Riot Code | The Scottish Tour

When: Wednesday 15th - Friday 24th February 2023 (5 dates)

Where: Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Kirkcaldy

Bandana-donning hard dance duo, RIOT CODE appeared out of lockdown back in 2020 with an arsenal of techno bangers ready to unleash on the world. And boy oh boy, did they make their presence known. 

In a very short space of time, the Irish twosome has gained notoriety among dance fans the world over, known for their unrelenting productions which have seen praise from figureheads of the scene, the likes of AIROD, VTSS, Paula Temple, DAX J, KOBOSIL, Partiboi69, and many more. Now the pair plan to take the riot out on the road. 

Preparing for a jaunt across Scotland, beginning on the 15th of this month, RIOT CODE will turn venues in Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Kirkcaldy upside down, with their ferocious blend of high-tempo techno. Follow the link below for more details.


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Pavillion Festival 2023

When: Saturday 29th April 2023

Where: Low Green in Ayr

Set in the home town of our main man, Ewan McVicar, may we present to you 'Ayr's first electronic music festival' - Pavillion Festival. 

A handpicked selection of top-drawer DJs will break in this brand new event, scheduled to run for one day only, on Saturday 29th April, set on the wide open spaces of Low Green. Among the many talents confirmed to perform are Irish dancefloor destroyer Kettama, seasoned selector Skream, Optimo and, of course, Ayr's claim to fame, Mr McVicar himself. 

Tickets are already flying out for this one, as you'd expect. Don't sleep on it! Get yours now or risk missing out altogether.


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Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.







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