Summer’s here and festival season is in full swing! That means everything's right in the world again. And August is only a couple of days away now. In case you didn’t know, there are some stunning festivals in August. Many would even argue it’s the best month in the festival calendar.
But what makes August such a good month for festivals?
For one, there’s that lovely bank holiday weekend, giving you the Monday off for recovery, and the weather in the UK is at its best. And the festivals themselves are among the most legendary - do Creamfields, R&L, and Boomtown sound familiar?
With warmer weather and killer lineups, here are the August festivals we’re just dying to get to.
Reading Festival & Leeds Festival
Photo: Leeds Festival on Facebook
When: Friday 26th - Sunday 28th August 2022
Where: Richfield Avenue Festival site, Reading, England/ Bramham Park, Leeds, England
Lineup: Arctic Monkeys, Megan Thee Stallion, Dave, Rage Against The Machine, Bring Me The Horizon, Halsey
A festival that needs little introduction, R&L is easily one of the best August festivals, with six huge headliners from different genres. Thinking ahead, the organisers have planned the headliner's sets so that you’ll be able to see all six if you want. Taking place over the August bank holiday, when you arrive back home in pieces, you’ll be buzzing you have the Monday off to recover. But you might want to book off the Tuesday as well...
Find tickets for Reading Festival - here / Find tickets for Leeds Festival - here
Camp Bestival (Shropshire)
Photo: Camp Bestival Shropshire on Facebook
When: Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st August
Where: Weston Park, Shropshire, England
Lineup: Fatboy Slim, Rag'N'Bone Man, Becky Hill, Self Esteem, Example, Faithless, The Proclaimers
The best of all family festivals in August, Camp Bestival is the perfect way to introduce any littluns to the mindblowing, healing, thrilling world of music festivals.
With a heavy focus on wellbeing, there are tonnes of healing activities such as yoga for kids, teens, and adults, wild swimming, meditation, ice baths, fire ceremonies, gong baths, and so much more. And expect fun such as Brainiac Live, Horrible Histories, Mr Tumble, Mr Motivator, axe throwing, Cirque Bijou, and BMX.
Find tickets for Camp Bestival (Shropshire) - here
Elrow Town London
Photo: elrow Town Festival on Facebook
When: Saturday 20th August 2022
Where: Parsloes Park, Dagenham, England
Lineup: MEDUZA, Eats Everything, Dom Dolla, Skream, Vintage Culture, Claptone
Lovely little August day festival? Yes, please! Elrow has promised their “biggest event ever", and with that lineup, we’d say they’ve already delivered. Elrow are party organising veterans that have put on the best raves in the UK, Ibiza, The Netherlands, Italy, Croatia, the US, and beyond. Expect mad stage design, all the pyro, banging tunes, and pure madness.
Find tickets for Elrow Town London - here
Photo: Boardmasters on Facebook
When: Wednesday 10th - Sunday 14th August 2022
Where: Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach, Cornwall, England
Lineup: George Ezra, Kings Of Leon, Disclosure, De La Soul, Damian Jr Gong Marley, Idles
Yep, that’s a music festival in England. On a beach! And you may have noticed the surfboard. That’s because Boardmasters combines everything good in the world: live music, surfing, skating, and BMX. Boardmasters is basically a holiday and a festival combined, but with half the faff. And with a super diverse lineup, you’re almost certain to find an artist you love on their lineup.
Find tickets for Boardmasters - here
Bloodstock Open Air
Photo: Bloodstock Open Air on Instagram
When: Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th August 2022
Where: Catton Park, Derbyshire, England
Lineup: Lamb of God, Behemoth, Mercyful Fate, Testament, Killing Joke, Dimmu Borgir
A metal-heads paradise, Bloodstock is the UK’s largest and longest-running independent metal festival and a firm favourite of many metal fans. This year’s lineup is insanely beefy, with titans Lamb of God as headliners alongside Behemoth and Mercyful State. Further down the poster, you’ll see bands such as Jinjer, Exodus, Testament, Lost Society, and plenty of others that’ll incite absolute carnage in the pits.
Rock en Seine
Photo: Rock en Seine on Facebook
When: Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th August + Tuesday 30th August
Where: Parc de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, France
Lineup: Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Tame Impala, Stromae, Rage Against The Machine
One of the best European festivals in August, Rock en Seine has a killer, diverse lineup, perfect for those with an eclectic taste in music. The first Rock en Seine was held in 2003 and, since then, it's seen some iconic artists such as Oasis, Massive Attack, and The Prodigy. Destined to be a great weekend (and a Tuesday and Thursday), as always, Rock en Seine will be one of the best August festivals this year.
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Photo: Boomtown Fair on Facebook
When: Wednesday 10th - Sunday 14th August 2022
Where: South Downs National Park, Hampshire, England
No lineup when we’re this close to the festival? This uber-artsy raver's paradise has no need to release its lineup because tickets will fly away regardless. But they’ve actually withheld the lineup so they “can create lineups that are even more phenomenal and diverse than ever before.” Whoever they’ve booked for 2022, we know they’ll absolutely blow us away. As with every year, Boomtown is easily one of the best festivals in August.
Find tickets for Boomtown Fair - here
Photo: Sziget Festival Official on Facebook
When: Wednesday 10th - Monday 15th August 2022
Where: Óbuda Island, Budapest, Hungary
Lineup: Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa, Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Tame Impala, Kings Of Leon
In Budapest, there's a river island called Obuda Island that's separated from the rest of the city. And that’s where Sziget Festival goes down. The festival refers to it as “The Island Of Freedom” and with live music, a river to swim in, dance workshops, circus acts, comedians, theatre performances, and film screenings, it’s clear to see why. And if you fancy exploring Budapest during the fest, you’re free to do so!
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Find tickets for Sziget - here
Photo: Sziget Festival Official on Facebook
When: Saturday 13th - Tuesday 16th August 2022
Where: Gianpula Fields, Rabat, Malta
Lineup: Amelie Lens, Nina Kraviz, Honey Dijon, Ben UFO, Chaos in the CBD
A holiday and a music festival combined? Sign us up! With a tasty lineup, an intimate Boiler Room stage, rooftop pool parties, and secret cave raves paired with glorious weather, this house and techno haven is easily one of the best festivals in August. And, if you want to extend the party, there'll be crazy opening and closing parties, so you can unleash more of your hedonistic side.
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Find tickets for Glitch Festival - here
We Are FSTVL
Photo: We Are FSTVL on Facebook
When: Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th August 2022
Where: Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, England
Lineup: Jamie Jones, The Blessed Madonna, Tale of Us, Camelphat, Carl Cox, Deborah De Luca
Festivals keep getting longer and longer, with some lasting for weeks (looking at you, Primavera). But as magical as long festivals are, they can be tricky to do. We only have so much annual leave, y'know. So we're buzzing We Are FSTVL is packing a killer lineup into two days this year. Oh, and a day ticket is only £45.40. Convenient, cost-effective, and with a cracking lineup, We Are FSTVL is definitely one of the best August festivals.
Find tickets for We Are FSTVL - here
Photo: Creamfields on Facebook
When: Thursday 25th - Monday 29th August 2022
Where: Daresbury, Cheshire, England
Lineup: Nina Kraviz, David Guetta, Tiësto, Fatboy Slim, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, Camelphat, Carl Cox
Anyone who knows anything about electronic music knows Creamfields is one of the biggest electronic music festivals going. Almost every electronic genre is represented, including house and techno, drum and bass, trance, hardstyles, dance, and beyond. And Creamfields always has some of the biggest names in the world on its stages. We would’ve listed them all here, but we know you don’t have all day. Seriously, there are dozens.
Find tickets for Creamfields North - here
Photo: Sonus Festival on Facebook
When: Sunday 21st - 25th Thursday August 2022
Where: Zr?e Beach, Novalja, Croatia
Lineup: Amelie Lens, Black Coffee, Carl Cox, Patrick Topping, Boris Brejcha, Richie Hawtin
Five days and nights of some of the world's best DJs, opening parties, after parties, and boat parties on a beach sounds too good to be true. But Sonus makes dreams a reality. If you can get over to this dreamy electronic music festival, you won't be disappointed. But you might struggle as tickets have sold out. Which isn’t surprising - look at it!
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Find tickets for Sonus Festival - here
Do you see why everyone loves August now? It’s just four weeks of pure heaven. If we’re honest, there are too many amazing festivals coming up this August. We can’t be everywhere at once!
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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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