The sorely missed UK festival season finally looks set to return to the green fields of Britain in 2022. Check out the long list of open air events you simply cannot afford to miss this year - tickets now on sale!
Last updated: 17th Jan 2022
Cautiously optimistic. An accurate way to describe the general feeling amongst music fans with regards to the return of the sorely missed festival season this year.
As it stands, the COVID forecast in Britain looks a lot brighter. The wave of infection most of us have had a run-in with as of late, due to the emergence of the Omicron variant, looks on paper to be less severe with hospital admissions much lower than those recorded at the beginning of 2021. Add on the success of the vaccine programme and our willingness to be responsible (not you, Boris) and visions of a future spent dancing in a field somewhere look pretty promising. Some good news at long last!
Yes, dear friends. This could very well be the year. The year when all of your favourite open-air music gatherings take to the British countryside once more. Come rain or shine - although we desperately hope it's shine - we'll flock in our thousands, tents and crates of beer stacked high on sledges, ready for a long weekend of back-to-back music running from sunset until sunrise. We just got goosebumps...
Remaining in this bullish and forward-looking frame of mind, we decided now would be as good a time as any to start shining a light on some of the festivals that share our optimism. The huge and unmissable events who believe we'll be back at it this year, with tickets already on sale.
So here you go! A long list of festivals you simply can't afford to miss in the spring, summer and autumn of 2022...
(Click or tap on the event titles, artist or venue names for tickets and more)
Taking place in an enchanted woodland in the Seven Oaks district of Kent, Alfresco Festival is an event that oozes atmosphere and magic, offering its faithful fan following a place to escape from the humdrum monotony of everyday life.
Set to run over the August Bank Holiday this year, Alfresco will supply festival-goers with a plentitude of performances from some of the finest underground names and emerging acts in the electronic music scene.
Although any news of performers has yet to be announced, you can be sure it's going to be one that's going to be hard to beat! Last year's headliners included Daniel Avery, Paranoid London and Danielle Baldelli, to name a select few.
One of Scotlands biggest open-air music events, Belladrum Tartan Heart returns to the highlands this summer, hosting its first four-day party since 2019.
A firm favourite with music fans from either side of the border, the event has become renowned for supplying an always eye-popping lineup of music stars, covering everything from indie and rock to folk, Celtic and blues, roots, dance and much more. And this year is no different.
Amongst a grand programme of acts - including Grammy-nominated artists - are the likes of disco pioneer Nile Rogers with his band, CHIC, Irish folk legend, Van Morrison and BRIT award-winning singer-songwriter, Emeli Sande.
Don't just go for the music! There are a plethora of unique benefits waiting to greet those who attend Bella, including its breathtaking scenery, surrounded by a beautiful Highland setting with terraced Italian gardens, mature trees, fields and parkland, and various other entertainment options, including cabaret, street theatre and cinema screenings.
Find tickets for Belladrum tartan Heart Festival - here
Lineup: Bjork Orchestral ft. Halle (More to be announced)
An out-of-this-world event held on the site of the UK's largest radio telescope, Jodrell Bank, Bluedot is without a doubt one of the most unique and inspiring festival offerings out there.
The four-day celebration of music, art and science brings together a very particular set of musicians and fans, boasting an atmosphere unlike any other throughout the festival season. One of those aforementioned artists, performing at this summer's event, is non-other than Icelandic songstress, Bjork.
Making her only UK appearance at this year's festival, attendees will get to hear fan favourites, such as 'Human Behaviour' and Hyper-Ballad', scored by a fifty-strong orchestra and arranged by legendary conductor, Hallé. An unmissable spectacle, we're sure you'll agree.
Officially the last hoorah on the UK festival calendar - Boundary Brighton always sees out the summer season with a bang!
A sold-out event year-on-year, the electronic music event attracts huge selectors and producers from around the world. Take last year, for example, the lineup consisted of Aussie heavy-hitter, Sonny Fodera, BBC Radio One's Danny Howard, drum n bass legends, SHY FX and Andy C, house music mistress Hannah Wants and many, many more.
Returning this September for what will surely be a day-long rave to remember on the southern English coast - here's a party all you dance fans really don't want to miss!
Find tickets for Boundary Brighton Festival - here
Where can you find over a hundred live acts, performing across five huge stages over one day, on the grounds of a functioning airport? Why at Romney Marsh's Connected Festival, of course!
This epic spring-time festival is one that trigger-finger partygoers from around the UK will be hard-pressed to forget. Especially when you consider the chart-topping names headlining this year's edition. Confirmed to throw it down in front of up to ten thousand keen-as-mustard ravers are the likes of Wilkinson, DJ Hype, A.M.C, DnB legend Nicky Blackmarket, UKG heroes Artful Dodger and Sweet Female Attitude, to name only a few.
Expect an abundance of heavy sets from some of the most esteemed names representing drum n bass, jungle, house and old school.
Celebrating a huge milestone anniversary this year, Cinch presents Creamfields will host its biggest ever instalment to date in the Cheshire countryside.
Assisting the festival in commemorating its special twenty-fifth birthday, some of the worlds biggest dance talents will take to stages across the expansive event site, delivering an unparalleled soundtrack over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Spinning the finest cuts in house, techno, trance and EDM, recently announced names including Carl Cox, Tiesto, David Guetta, Nina Kraviz and Martin Garrix will work the crowds and sound systems harder than ever before. Many more artists are still yet to be announced.
The stage is set for the first-ever edition of Cinch presents Creamfields South this June.
The sister event of the northern edition of the biggest electronic music festival in the world, Creamfields South will hold its own, supplying dance fans in the southern regions of the UK with a festival of exactly the same magnitude as its older sibling.
Taking over the stunning Grade II listed Hylands Park in Chelmsford, the two-day camping festival will welcome up to fifty-thousand dance music devotee's to witness transcendent sets from the likes of Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, CamelPhat, Fatboy Slim, Amelie Lens, Becky Hill and more.
Make sure you're able to say, 'I was there' at the inaugural launch of Creamfields South, or forever regret it!
Immersive art collides with the best in dance music to produce one of the most highly anticipated, new festival options on the open-air event calendar - Dream Valley.
Promising much more than your average festival, Dream Valley will supply its guests with a world of experiential art, an array of workshops, one-of-a-kind experiences and hundreds of world-beating live musical performances.
Explore a magical land filled with vibrancy, surprise and mayhem, as the gates to the fabled El Dorado reappear and open once more to the public this summer.
A self-proclaimed 'expression of togetherness and beauty', El Dorado is a festival built on inclusivity, compassion for others and the breathtaking environment that envelopes the location of the festival. Hidden away, deep within an area of outstanding natural beauty in the county of Herefordshire, the event offers all those who attend a place to escape from the stresses of everyday life. A chance to rejuvenate, relax and recharge whilst taking in a profusion of exciting entertainment.
Watch a diverse variety of performances from household names amidst a backdrop of an intimate and exceptional natural location. Another completely unique experience on our list.
Following on from the success of last year's mammoth launch event, Electric Woodlands is back in 2022 and promising to go bigger and harder in every way imaginable.
Returning to the beautiful Bygrave Farm in Baldock, only 30 minutes outside of London, the secluded rural spot will play host to this epic one-day event, featuring a multitude of stages armed with the best in live production, occupied by some of the most renowned names in electronic music.
Lineup announcements have so far been kept under wraps whilst the festivals team works tirelessly to bring together another mind-blowing listing of performers. Last years headliners included Chase & Status, Dimension, Hybrid Minds, Bad Boy Chiller Crew and Richy Ahmed. Expect big things from Electric Woodlands this year. Mark our words.
Find tickets for Electric Woodlands Festival - here
Another season-ending gathering, Equinox Festival is an annual celebration of camaraderie, community spirit, music, art, performance, food and so much more.
The boutique event, which takes place over an extended weekend in September, possesses its own distinct and palpable DIY vibe. Littered with hand-built temporary venues, stages and tents, each filled with uninhibited performers and revellers, the festival, set upon the grounds of a rustic farm in Lincolnshire, allows all those who attend to lose themselves in culture and dance for four long days and nights.
A family-friendly entry on our roundup of unmissable festivals, adolescent children will be spoilt to a range of activities and experiences - from fire shows and workshops to craft making, walkabout shows, and of course, the specified Children's Area, featuring Gypsy Pyksy and The Foolhardy Folk Circus.
One of the biggest tribute festivals in the North West of England, Ashton-Under-Lyne's Fields Of Gold Festival allows music fans to dance and sing along to the sounds of their favourite former bands and artists live and in the flesh.
Returning this year for an even bigger and better chapter, the two-day music event will welcome a long list of highly-rated tribute acts, paying homage to a host of renowned Manchester acts, playing a setlist of classic tracks.
Along with top quality tributes, there'll also be some very special appearances from icons of those heady Madchester days, including Inspiral Carpets keys player and XS Manchester Radio host, Clint Boon and Happy Mondays legend, Bez.
Take a trip out to the green landscapes of the Cheshire countryside this September and you might be surprised at what you find...
Upon the spacious and neatly manicured grounds of the magnificent Capesthorne Hall, a country house near the village of Siddington, a one-day showcase of the very best in underground electronic music is set to occur. That's right, this year's instalment of Macclesfiled's Hide & Seek Festival has been given the green light.
Expect an unrestricted feast of house and techno across twelve long hours of partying, running from 11 am until 11 pm. Ticket numbers for this close-knit and intimate affair are limited. Don't hesitate to get yours.
Lancaster's favourite outdoor event of the year, Highest Point celebrated its belated third birthday last September with arguably its most colossal lineup to date. Now, the team of passionate creators and producers behind the popular event have a point to prove, as the festival takes back its familiar early summer slot, in mid-May.
As a way of issuing a statement of intent to its many faithful music-loving attendees, Highest Point rounded off 2021 by announcing that indie legend and former frontman of The Verve, Richard Ashcroft would open the proceedings of the three-day event on Thursday 12th May. More artist announcements are expected imminently and if last years programme is anything to go by, you can expect a truly jaw-dropping bill.
Get ready for even more shenanigans underneath the striking Ashton Memorial on Williamson Park this May!
In It Together Festival will present an event of enormity the people of Wales have likely never either seen or experienced within their own backyard before. Up to forty-thousand festivalgoers will descend upon the southern coast of the country, heading to Newlands Farm in Margam, just a short trip from the seaside town of Port Talbot, to experience three days of rich entertainment and cultural enlightenment.
On the bill of live acts set to perform this coming June are a number of internationally recognised superstar acts and performers, including DJs Todd Terry, Armand Van Helden and Cloonee, as well as rock stars Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds, The Vaccines and more.
The diverse and inclusive schedule of music and entertainment at this summers occasion will also include cabaret, comedy and circus fun, as well as a particular focus on well-being and mental health, with Yoga, Pilates and meditation classes on offer.
Junction 2 will at long last get to throw the party it's been so eagerly yearning to throw this summer. Returning to its distinctive and peculiar Boston Manor Park home in Brentford this June, the 2022 edition of the sought-after electronic music event will mark the first gathering since 2019, before the pandemic began.
Can you hear that? Listen closely... That's the summoning call of the southern Lakelands biggest outdoor music event - Kendal Calling.
The magical all-arounder is back but unlike many others, this year it celebrates a big moment in its history. Honouring its fifteenth event in 2022, the festival has an epic celebration in store, with partying running over four days at the end of July.
Pledging to its fans its biggest weekend yet, with more music, arts, culture and comedy than ever previously experienced on Lowther Deer Park, this year's instalment will be an extra special one. We'll let the lineup do the talking...
Nestled in a river valley on a remote farm in the Scottish southern uplands, Knockengorroch Festival, named after its agricultural venue, is a family-run and family-friendly event that continues to draw in fans of art, music and culture from all corners of the UK.
Once the site of an ancient village, the location of the festival repopulates once every year with people flooding into the basin to take in a buffet of entertainment. From live music - featuring a melting pot of genres including world, folk, fusion, dub reggae, electronica, hip-hop and drum n bass - to live cabaret, comedy, dedicated children's activities, workshops in arts and crafts, fire shows, flash mobs... There's almost too much to see and do over the space of just four days.
Not quite sold on an escape to the Scottish wilderness this spring? Knockengorroch unlike many other festivals brews its own real ale, the 'Knock Ale', and even makes its own chocolate, 'Chocengorroch'. Who doesn't like beer and chocolate?! Come on, that's got to be worth a vist.
A venture born out of love for quality live music, Kubix Festival aims to bring the best boy bands, girl groups and pop artists in the industry to music fans in North-Eastern England at a fair and reasonable price.
This year's one-day outing, which now also has a sister event, a two-day weekend of rock and indie music also taking place in July, follows a sold-out edition back in the summer of 2021 and promises to be a spectacle the people of Sunderland and the surrounding areas won't want to miss!
Already announced to take to the stage on Saturday 9th July 2022, headliners and 90s pop icons, Steps will execute some of their many chart-smashing hits, from 'Tragedy' to 'Five, Six, Seven, Eight' - start practising those moves! Joining them, Europop legends Aqua will bring 'Barbie Girl' to life live on stage whilst it's all aboard The Vengabus for party antics with Dutch outfit, The Vengaboys.
Pack your bags, grab your passport and head over sea's this summer for a festival on the ancient Mediterranean island of Malta. That's right, Annie Mac's leading international dance music event, Lost & Found is back once again in 2022!
Unforgettable boat parties with breathtaking views over golden beaches and historic fortifications, pool-side parties overlooking the sunset, an intimate open-air nighttime arena teeming with the biggest names in dance music... All this and much more await you on your arrival this June.
Why not combine a festival and holiday this year? Take in the abundant culture of this stunning archipelago. Swim in its crystal clear waters and soak up the sun by day - Malta receives over 300 days of sunshine per annum - and rave through right through into the early morning, by night. The best of both worlds!
Watch this space for lineup details as they come...
Boasting, quite frankly, a stupendous lineup of legends both old and new this year, Lytham Festival has really pulled out all the stops to provide its many thousands of regular fans with six days of outstanding live entertainment.
Occupying the bill at Lancashire’s largest and best-loved live music event this summer, global megastars the likes of Lionel Richie, disco Queen Diana Ross, Simply Red, icons of the 80s Duran Duran and Tears For Fears, will each take turns on stage wowing all those present with an extraordinary soundtrack of well-known records.
Ticket holders can also expect to witness a handful of sets from some of the most highly regarded acts of current times, with performances set to come from cult indie-rock group, The Strokes, Irish folk-punk champions Fontaines D.C., and widely adored funny man and singer-songwriter, Lewis Capaldi.
Where else can you experience awesome nights of live music and arts by the seaside? Be sure to get your tickets for this one sooner rather than later.
Said to be Birmingham's largest electronic music celebration, MADE Festival is an event we here at Skiddle see consistently running out of tickets, year after year. And with good reason...
In addition to providing acclaimed artists with an unparalleled platform on which to perform, its festival village is literally always packed and popping with vibrant street culture, street food, and amazing art displays and installations. It's an attack on all the senses, in a good way, with something to appease the need of your ears, eyes and tastebuds.
And the lineups... don't get us started on the lineups. The team with the important job of building the programme of DJs and artists that perform here each year definitely know a thing or two about music. Always boasting the best in house, techno, drum n bass and bassline, last year's live entertainment came courtesy of The Streets, SHY FX, Greentea Peng, Wilkinson, Hybrid Minds, Bou, High Contrast, Sonny Fodera, Jess Bays and so many more. To say we're excited about hearing news of the year's bill might be a slight understatement.
'The emporium of hedonism returns' - Much to the delight of dance fans across Northern England, Mint Festival heads back to Newsam Farm for its tenth birthday party this September.
Taking up residence on the one-hundred-and-thirty-six acre space, situated just a ten-minute drive from the centre of the Yorkshire capital, the festival looks set to host its biggest, boldest and brashest event yet. The new and permanent home for Mint Festival, with a natural backdrop bestrewn with ancient orchards, forests and old barn buildings, will greet a plethora of musical talents for an unforgettable experience.
Easily one of the most highly anticipated lineups at present, those thinking of attending can be sure to witness exemplary sets from some of the best in the game, with better-than-ever live production and long-term infrastructure promised to also be a feature.
One for the true musos. Imagine watching influential, era-defining pioneers the likes of Norman Jay, Congo Natty, Mr Scruff, Krafty Kuts and Graeme Park inside a barn, in the middle of a bull field, just outside of Manchester. Sounds a bit farfetched, doesn't it? Well, it ain't...
Moovin Festival is the place where the stars align each summer. Where the world's most respected cult musicians and artists come together for one long weekend, delivering some of the finest entertainment known to man to a limited capacity of lucky music fans. Whitebottom Farm, in the picturesque village of Marple Bridge, Stockport, is most certainly the place to be this August Bank Holiday.
Celebrating its sixth year, starting out as a humble event that attracted only a few hundred people, Moovin has now organically grown to a frequently sold-out festival, establishing itself as a warm and welcoming party destination. Expect to sing and dance to a music lover’s mix of bass, funk, soul, reggae, house and drum n bass until the cows come home.
Lineup: Sister Sledge, Callum Beattie, Ministry Of Sound Classical...
Embark on a journey 'Out East' to the rugged coastline of Scotland and be rewarded with a memorable experience filled with diverse live music, art, incredible food, wellbeing and more...
The magnificent two-day gathering, held upon the five-thousand-acre grounds of the historical Dalkeith Country Park, just five minutes outside of Edinburgh, regularly features a number of noteworthy performers including some of the world’s most sought-after music talents.
Already confirmed to appear across the events five enormous stages in 2022, Philadelphian disco group, Sister Sledge will be joined by the impressive Ministry of Sound Classical Orchestra and local singer-songwriter, Callum Beattie. Many more names have yet to be added to the bill. stay tuned for more announcements.
Parklife, the UK's biggest metropolitan music festival, returns to its usual summer dates this year, following 2021's late September instalment.
Conceived over a decade ago, the inner city festival has now grown into one of the biggest and most sought-after musical events on the calendar and continues to showcase its expertise in throwing the best party around.
Taking place on the expansive grounds of Manchester’s Heaton Park, who've been fortunate enough to experience the majesty of this extraordinary event know to expect only the best in festival staging, inclusive of monstrous sound systems, hypnotic light shows and mind-bending visuals. And we've not even touched on the lineup yet.
Offering a vast assortment of musical styles and genres - from hip hop, grime and indie, to house, disco, soul and jazz - Parklife consistently lands the big hitters. We've all seen the colourful posters, stacked with global icons. Much of the same and more is being anticipated for the big summertime return.
Another stand out event on the list of festivals you can't afford to miss in 2022 - Snowboxx Festival.
Combining an adventure holiday with a large-scale music gathering, Snowboxx offers adrenaline junkies and gig-goers alike a place to live out their best lives.
Hit the slopes in Avoriaz, the epic French mountain resort in the heart of the Portes du Soleil. Explore the stunning ski resort over seven long days. Attend bottomless brunches events, igloo parties and relax at one of many spa sessions, and when the sun goes down at night, head out to see amazing performances from world-class acts at an incredible open-air arena.
Each of the venues is within walking distance of the festivals accommodation and the resort is fully pedestrianised, meaning you can ski in and out of your apartment to catch the nearest ski lift. A genuine winter paradise.
Exceptionally diverse and with a consistently exciting roster of talent each year, Solfest has evolved into one of the UK's best-loved independent summer soiree's.
The Cumbrian gathering, which made its first appearance almost a decade ago, will take over the North Lakes Country Park in Silloth for its ninth edition this August, with plans to deliver another eclectic, handpicked line-up spanning genres and eras of music to its usual varied audience.
Attracting people from all walks of life - be it punks, ravers, pensioners or those with young families, Solfest has something to appease the wants and needs of all who enter through its gates. From a creative kid's area to an array of interactive site art and even a Healing Garden where you can meditate, do some Yoga or participate in a Shamanic ritual, not to mention the many tasty food offerings, there's more than enough to stay entertained over the four-day event.
Forty thousand rave revelling music heads will have it large at the Royal Highland warehouse complex in Edinburgh this Easter.
Taking place over two days in 2022, Terminal V will showcase some of the biggest names in electronic music at what is set to be an unprecedented event in the North of the UK. Those who identify themselves as part of the house and techno community should take a seat before continuing on here to learn of this year's lineup. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Plymouth's The Weekender Festival is back for its second year this September, promising another special celebration of all things live music.
Now a highly anticipated event on the festival season calendar, especially amongst those living in the South West of England, the festival aims to provide its eight-thousand guests with only the best in underground electronic music and commercial dance over two jam-packed days in the early autumn.
Staying true to their word, this year's lineup is full of globally respected and in-demand DJ names - from headliners Wilkinson and Ben Nicky to Eli Brown and Danny Howard. Supporting sets also are due to come from the likes of chart-topping stars 220 Kid, Franky Wah and many more.
With a reputation as one of the friendliest festivals on our 2022 list, Weyfest needs little help selling itself.
Its been described as more of a mini-break than a festival by its patrons. A break away from the normal nine to five with plenty of entertainment on offer suitable for a wide scope of ages.
Whip out your picnic rugs and sprawl out in front of one of the festivals four impressive stages taking in performances from an eclectic mix of artists, new and old. Sample some of the sensational food available from a horde of local vendors. Leave the kids to roam free, to experience music, drama and creative art workshops, outdoor laser combat and to explore the ever-popular Sci-fi zone.
Priding itself on providing its attendees with a non-stereotypical idea of a loud and rowdy festival, Weyfest boasts a relaxed and laidback vibe. Perfect for those of you out there looking for that wholesome festival experience without the loutish behaviour.
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.