The Best Small Boutique Festivals in 2022

Looking for a smaller festival this year? We’ve got you. Check out these charming small UK festivals that triumph over big festivals any day.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 20th Jan 2022

You know what they say, good things come in small packages. The same ethos can be carried over to festivals. We mean sure, Glastonbury and R&L are great. Amazing, even. But there’s something special about smaller festivals.

They’re charming, enchanting, and intimate. It's the perfect combination for a festival. Small festivals are also top because you can make a bunch of new friends and actually have a good chance of bumping into them later. If you make friends at Glasto, you best believe you’ll never see them again. 

Whether you’re looking to catch the best new indie bands or dance until you can’t feel your legs to tunes spun by the best DJs, this list of the best small festivals in the UK. 

 

 

Green Man Festival 

2022 lineup: Michael Kiwanuka, more TBA

When: 18th - 21st August 

Where: Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons 

Located In the beautiful Brecon Beacons near the Black Mountains in Wales, Green Man Festival is an immersive, otherworldly experience. When not taking in the jaw-dropping views, you’ll be watching some of the finest indie and alternative acts from around the world. 2021 had a huge lineup including Little Dragon, Caribou, Mogwai, Fontaines D.C., Thundercat, Django Django, Working Men’s Club, and Black Midi, so we can't wait to see what 2022 has in store. 

The mesmerising festival site has ten entertainment areas and a whole host of activities to get involved in. Previous years celebrated literature, art, stalls offering Japanese kumihimo braiding, candle wax powered boats and more. There’s something for everyone at the unconventional fest that is Green Man. Plus, you’ll get to witness the flames engulf the huge wicker effigy on the closing night!

 

Find tickets for Green Man Festival 2022 - here

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Slam Dunk Festival 

2022 lineup: Sum 41, The Dropkick Murphys, Alexisonfire, The Interrupters, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Used, The Story So Far, Deaf Havana, Pennywise

When: 3rd June (North) / 4th June (South) 

Where: Temple Newsam, Leeds (North) Hatfield House, Hatfield (South) 

Pop punk never dies! Since its inception in 2006, Slam Dunk Festival has become a mecca for pop-punk and rock fans. With both a North and South edition over the same weekend, pop punk fans all across the country will be going mad to their favourite tunes on the same weekend. It's almost poetic. 

If a day of moshing and screaming along to some of the hardest pop-punk anthems isn’t enough, you can sign up for the official launch and after-parties where you can catch Mayday Parade, Real Friends, and As It Is. Slam Dunk have really pulled it out of the bag this year with legendary bands such as Sum 41, The Wonder Years, The Amity Affliction, The Story So Far, and there are still plenty more bands to be announced.  

 

Find tickets for Slam Dunk Festival North 2022 - here / Slam Dunk Festival South 2022 - here

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Manchester Psych Fest 

2022 lineup: Tinariwen, Warmduscher, Jane Weaver, Battles, Hinds, Goat Girl, Gwenno, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Dead Meadow, Willy Mason, more TBA

When: 3rd September

Where: Various venues around Manchester 

Manchester Psych Fest has quickly become one of the most loved festivals in Manchester. It’s a great way to discover the best upcoming and out of the ordinary music. For example, Tinariwen creates Tishoumaren music, also known as desert blues. Terraces make psychedelic rock, Goat Girl is post-punk, and Freak Slug makes lofi pop. It’s the perfect place for a music fan looking for something a bit different.

The festival also takes you on a tour of some incredible Manchester’s venues with stages at YES, Gorilla, The Ritz, Albert Hall, RNCM, and Deaf Institute. And when you’re not discovering your new favourite, atypical artists, you can enjoy art exhibitions, installations, visuals, and street food. 

 

Find tickets for Manchester Psych Fest 2022 - here 

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Mint Festival

2022 lineup: TBA

When: TBA, September

Where: Newsam Green Farm, Leeds 

One of the most beloved dance festivals in the country is back again this year to leave you a sweaty, smiling mess. Heading back to Newsam Green for its tenth anniversary, 2022 is certain to be a massive one. We don’t have the lineup yet but last year saw Amelie Lens, Dax J, Darius Syrossian, Eats Everything, Enzo Siragusa, Gerd Janson, Maya Jane Coles, Patrick Topping, Ricardo Villalobos and more dominate the stages. And seeing as this year is a big anniversary, we expect the lineup to be golden.  

Brought to you by the same people behind Mint Warehouse (nominated for Best Large Club in DJ Mag this year) and Mint Events, if there’s one guarantee, it’s that this festival will be one hell of a party. Snag your tickets ASAP to secure your place at one of 2022's hottest parties. 

 

Find tickets for Mint Festival 2022 - here

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FarmFest 

2022 lineup: Elder Island (live), BCUC, Do Nothing, Sinkane, Broken Brass, Sophie Hunger, more TBA

When: 29th - 30th July

Where: Bruton, Somerset 

FarmFest is a small festival based in the gorgeous countryside of Somerset. Priding itself on the intimate and welcoming environment it provides, you’re certain to let loose and make some new friends at this gem of a fest. While more artists, including a DJ lineup, will be announced later, so far, the festival already boasts an interesting, diverse lineup of artists outside the mainstream.

Alongside stunning music, you’ll find workshops, poetry, comedy, and workshops to dive into. With nothing but positive vibes, inclusivity, and good times at the heart of FarmFest, you’ll never want to leave. 

 

Find tickets for FarmFest 2022 - here

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Playground Festival

2022 lineup: TBA 

When: TBA

Where: Rouken Glen Park, Glasgow

Playground Festival is a delightful hidden escape in the heart of Glasgow that puts legends and up and coming artists on the same bill for an open-minded celebration of all music, regardless of genre. For example, last years bill saw indie icons The Libertines, ethereal Madchester band James, discos biggest band Chic & Nile Rogers, the influential Culture Club & Boy George, as well as DJs and smaller artists.

The only info we have so far is that the festival will go ahead in 2022. We don’t have a lineup, but a quick look at last year’s puts the mind at ease. If you’re headed there this year, leave your inhibitions at the door and marvel at talented artists, light shows, acrobatic air shows and more. 

 

Find tickets for Playground Festival 2022 - here

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Highest Point

2022 lineup: Richard Ashcroft, more TBA

When: 12th - 14th May

Where: Williamson Park, Lancaster 

Highest Point Festival is back again for another high energy weekend overflowing with tunes, dancing, mouth-watering food, passionate crowds, and an unbeatable atmosphere. We’re on the edge of our seats waiting for another lineup announcement, but we’re excited to witness the legendary Richard Ashcroft (formerly of The Verve) grace the main stage on the Thursday night. 

Past lineups have featured a range of genres, including folk, pop, indie, rock, hip hop, disco, and soul amongst others. This years lineup will no doubt be equally diverse so keep an eye out for any updates. We know we will!

 

Find tickets for Highest Point Festival 2022 - here

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The One in the Woods Festival

2022 lineup: AIROD, Blindside, Calyx & Teebee, DJ Hazard, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Fatima Hajji, Kings Of The Rollers

When: 3rd - 4th June

Where: Orrell Hill Woods, Liverpool

The One In The Woods Festival is a pilgrimage to a parallel world, one in which you can escape from the woes of everyday life and lose yourself in some extraordinary dance music. Set in the Orrell Hill Woods just outside Liverpool, the journey to this ethereal world is a simple, short train journey. A small price to pay for an unforgettable getaway. 

With drum and bass, techno and more tasty genres on offer, you're spoilt for choice in a landscape of colourful sound. With three separate stages, each bursting with raw talent, The One In The Woods might just be the best hideaway 2022 has to offer. 

 

Find tickets for The One in the Woods Festival 2022 - here

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Baltic Weekender

2022 lineup: TBA

When: 3rd - 5th June

Where: Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

One of the biggest dance events in Liverpool’s calendar is back again to unite ravers up and down the country. As individuals come together to become crowds, the music drops, the alcohol is flowing, and all that’s on anyone’s mind is music and good times. Take us there already! 

Now, we don’t have a lineup yet, but last year was brilliant with Mike Skinner, Alma, Central Cee, and other huge talents smashing it. And of course, you can always get a lovely AirBnB instead of lying in your own filth in a field in the middle of nowhere.

 

Find tickets for Baltic Weekender 2022 - here

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Has this list of small boutique festivals got you interested in what else is out there? Well, look no further than our festival finder here.

 

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Header image credit: Green Man Festival (Facebook)

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