From Parklife to Wireless to Rolling Loud to Openair Frauenfeld, 2022 is overflowing with the best hip hop festivals with the most unreal lineups.
Last updated: 20th Jan 2022
From the smooth, chilled vocals of Snoop Dogg to the raging, adrenaline-pumping tracks of DMX to the catchy hooks of Future, hip hop is an incredibly diverse genre. Since its beginnings in the Bronx, New York in the 70s, hip hop has grown, mutated and spawned many sub-genres, including drill, trap, mumble rap, and gangsta rap. As well as creating sub-genres, it's also led to fusion genres such as alternative hip hop, rap metal, nu metal and many more.
As well as music, hip hop has influenced fashion, art, dance, language, and so much more. Hip hop is only growing more and more relevant.
There’s no denying it’s an insanely influential genre. And it’s amazing to see all the talent the genre produces. But it’s even better to see these artists live in the flesh, tearing up the stage and hyping crowds up to a level you can’t even imagine.
From London to Manchester, Barcelona to Switzerland, here are some of the best hip hop festivals going down in 2022.
While no artists have been confirmed yet, we know the lineup will be absolutely insane if past lineups are anything to go by. If you’re a hip hop fan, we recommend securing tickets ASAP as it’ll no doubt sell out.
The UK's largest metropolitan music festival, Manchester's Parklife is a widely adored festival that welcomes globally renowned rap and hip hop stars to perform in front of a crowd of passionate music fans.
To highlight how adored the festival truly is, tickets for the 2021 edition sold out in 78 minutes during the presale. That’s over 120,000 tickets in just over an hour. If you fancy Parklife, we recommend you sign up for the presale now.
Another mammoth music event with its finger firmly on the pulse of the hip hop, RnB, and grime and music scenes, Wireless is one of the highlights of the year down in London.
Rocking the English capital for three days, the huge music gathering is known for plastering household names on its lineup posters. Wireless never fails to deliver a mind-blowing performance complimented by crowds that are so hype you’d think someone paid them to go crazy. Although it’s easy to see where their energy comes from with artists such as Jay Z, Kanye,Cardi B, AJ Tracey, Lil Uzi Vert, Saweetie, Chance The Rapper, A$AP Rocky, and more.
While there’s no lineup yet, tickets will sell out rapidly. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on this festival, sign up for presale, and set a few reminders on your phone for a chance of securing your tickets for one of the best UK hip hop festivals.
Dig out your passport and flip flops because Fresh Island Festival in sunny Croatia is about to blow your mind.
Taking place on the dreamy Zrce Beach, Fresh Island Festival boasts amazing weather, a picturesque location, better prices compared to UK festivals and unreal lineups. The fest hasn’t announced any artists yet but past editions have featured Wiz Khalifa, J Hus, Ty Dolla $ign, AJ Tracey, Giggs, Rae Sremmurd, Young Thug, Kehlani, and Snoop Dogg, so we trust this year's will be outstanding as always.
A bit of trivia for you: Snoop Dogg and Madcon loved the festival so much they decided to film the music video for “Is You With Me” during their stay.
And if you know three days of hip hop, afrobeats, and RnB won’t quite quench your thirst, you can warm up at the pre-party, cool down at the after-party, and fill the rest of your time with pool and boat parties. You want to live your life like a movie? Here’s your chance.
Find tickets for Fresh Island Festival 2022 - here
The festival that simply never misses, Boomtown Fair boasts an epic bill of performers every single year. The festival is a renowned and respected champion of hip hop acts and those who sit within its sub-genres.
More than just a music event, many people attend Boomtown for the experience. Described as a “living theatre”, there's lots to discover in this alternate universe and many zany characters and adventures to get stuck into.
This year the festival is doing things a bit differently. Rather than generate hype by announcing the most sought out and widely adored artists that will be performing, the organisers have decided to keep most of them a secret until we’re closer to the event. A bold move, the organisers believe this allows them to create better, more diverse lineups than ever before.
It’s safe to say we’re on the edge of our seat just dying to find out what legends the festival will book this year. But we’ll have to wait.
R&L is a historic twin event that, in more recent times, has diversified its programme to include a wider scope of genres, including some of the many offshoots of hip hop such as drill, grime and trap.
While only two of the headliners can be considered hip hop, when you look further down the bill, you see artists such as Little Simz, Denzel Curry, Run The Jewels, Polo G, and Jack Harlow. And with more acts soon to be announced, we’ll likely see more unreal hip hop artists grace the stage.
Another festival with a massively diverse lineup, Primavera Sound Barcelona is one of this year’s biggest festivals. The festival is a massive ten days long and will see some of the biggest artists in the world smash it across 16 stages. It’s going to be colossal.
Not only is the festival in an amazing location (who wouldn’t want to go to sunny Barcelona for a festival?) with an insane lineup, but Primavera was the first European festival to create a lineup with a 50:50 gender split. Primavera quite literally has it all.
Find tickets for Primavera Festival Barcelona 2022 - here
The festival that calls itself the “worlds largest hip hop festival” will finally arrive in Europe for the first time in 2022. The festival was supposed to touch down on a Portuguese beach last year, but COVID put an end to it before it began.
With established versions of the festival already in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, we’re certain these hip hop festival veterans will put on a show that’ll knock all others out the park and leave us dying for the next.
Find tickets for Rolling Loud Portugal 2022 - here
When: 6th - 9th July
Where: Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Europe’s biggest, wildest hip hop festival will be back in July 2022 welcomes around 150,000 hip hop loving fans every year. The festival has been running since 1985 and is the craziest hip hop festival with the hardest lineups. If you have a passport and love hip hop, keep your eye on this one.
If you’re thinking about attending Openair Frauenfeld, expect a brilliant lineup, crazy crowds, and pure fun. As the past two editions had to be cancelled thanks to the virus, we suspect the organisers will pull the best edition the festival has ever seen out of the bag for 2022.
There are plenty of hip hop festivals out there waiting for you to find them in 2022. Whether you prefer trap, drill, old school hip hop, alternative hip hop or a bit of everything, you're certain to find a festival that'll blow your mind this year.
In the mood to start planning your summer festival adventure in 2022? Be sure to check out Skiddle's full festival guide here.
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