The UK's best summer music festivals

Glimpsing into the not so distant future, we look forward to what is set to be one of the biggest years for music festivals in history, listing some of the amazing events happening right here in the UK in 2022.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 25th Jan 2022

After a long, painful couple of years, we’re glad to say our favourite UK summer music festivals are back for good (touch wood). 

From the legendary Glastonbury Festival to the dance mecca of Creamfields and Parklife, the UK's largest metropolitan festival, there are so many, almost too many, unreal live music events to choose from. With many festivals promising their strongest lineups and production setups to date, the task of deciding where to go can be somewhat overwhelming. 

But don’t fret, we’re here to help you decide. We created this list of the best summer music festivals to help you figure out which one is right for you in 2022. 

Whichever festival you choose, you can almost guarantee an unmatched atmosphere as the crowds let loose at their favourite events, leaving COVID behind in the past. 

 

Parklife

When: Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th June 

Where: Heaton Park, Manchester

Lineup: Tyler, the Creator, 50 Cent, Megan Thee Stallion, Lewis Capaldi, Chase & Status, Bicep, Eric Prydz, Central Cee and many more

The party that attracts around 160,000 attendees each year will be back with an earth-shattering bang this June. The hottest, wildest party in the country, Parklife boasts the most sought after acts in hip hop, pop, house, techno, indie, dance and beyond every year. 

Past lineups have included legendary artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Chaka Khan, The 1975, Wu-Tang Clan, Solange, and many more. So it’s no surprise Parklife is so immensely popular. In fact, last year it sold out in 78 minutes during the presale. Yep, all the tickets were gone before they went “properly” on sale. 

And surprise surprise, they’ve smashed it again with another top tier lineup featuring some massive headliners alongside artists who’ll surely be headlining themselves soon. Ticketholders can look forward to some class acts including The Blessed Madonna, Sonny Fodera, Annie Mac, Amelie Lens, Carl Cox, CamelPhat, Peggy Gou, Arlo Parks, Tom Misch and plenty of other rising stars. This year's event will surely be another rapid sell out! 

 

Find tickets for Parklife 2022 - here

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Glastonbury

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When: Wednesday 22nd - Sunday 26th June 

Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset

Lineup: Billie Eilish, Diana Ross, more TBA  

After being forced to go virtual and then cancel in 2020 and 2021, the mammoth Glastonbury Festival will be back in full force this year with a killer lineup to finally celebrate its belated 50th birthday in style. 

The largest festival in the UK is in such high demand that in 2020 it sold out in 33 minutes. That’s a colossal 147,000 tickets in just over half an hour. That might sound crazy (which it is, to be fair), but when you look at the past lineups and the history of the monumental fest, it’s clear to see why. 

Janet Jackson, The Cure, Madonna, Motorhead, Patti Smith, Kanye West, Adele, LCD Soundsystem, Deadmau5, Metallica, Dolly Parton, Arctic Monkeys, Massive Attack, Kelis, and so many more have blessed the stage over the years. The full lineup for 2022 hasn’t been revealed yet, but with Billie Eilish and Diana Ross already confirmed, we know it’ll definitely be a big one. As it always is! 

 


 

Highest Point 

When: Thursday 12th - Saturday 14th May 

Where: Williamson Park, Lancaster

Lineup: Richard Ashcroft, more TBA 

Lancaster's leading music festival, Highest Point, will return to the scenic Williamson Park in 2022 for a perfect weekend of tunes, family-friendly fun and an electric atmosphere. 

Welcoming over 20,000 ticket holders across three days in 2019, the festival, situated beneath the impressive Ashton Memorial, has seen previous performances from a long list of legends, including disco queens Sister Sledge, pioneering DJ Grandmaster Flash, James, and more. 

Boasting spectacular  views across the North West coast of England, the festival provides more than just top tunes to its audience. There are plenty of local decadent food vendors to refuel you before you dive back into the action. And with workshops, activities, and theatrical performances, there’s lots for all ages to enjoy. 

So far, the festival has announced Richard Ashcroft (formerly of The Verve) as one of its headliners. After securing such an icon, we can’t wait to see who else will grace the stage.  

 

Find tickets for Highest Point 2022 - here

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Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

When: Thursday 28th - Saturday 30th July

Where: Belladrum Estate, Inverness

Lineup: Nile Rodgers & ChicVan MorrisonEmeli Sande, The FratellisPassenger, Shed SevenStiff Little Fingers

Situated amidst the stunning highland backdrop is one of the most popular annual music gatherings in Scotland, the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

Priding itself on inclusivity, Belladrum is renowned amongst the Scots for its welcoming family atmosphere and regular stellar lineups. Frequently attracting some of the most respected musical names on the planet, having hosted Elbow, Paloma Faith and native Scotsman Lewis Capaldi, the event continues to sell out year after year.

The team behind Belladrum have already announced a mind-blowing bill crammed full of legendary, must-see artists. From multi-platinum selling award-winning group Nile Rodgers & Chic to Van Morrison, Emeli Sande, The Fratellis, Kyle Falconer, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Magic Numbers, it’ll be a magical weekend of brilliant music spanning many genres. 

 

Find tickets for Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2022 - here

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Baltic Weekender

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When: Friday 3rd - Sunday 4th June 

Where: Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

Lineup: TBA

Taking residency in the live music spaces of Liverpool's trendy Baltic Triangle, the Baltic Weekender is a collaborative festival from the teams behind 24 Kitchen Street and Abandon Silence.

The festival celebrates the veterans of house, techno, grime, and bass music, as well as emerging talents. This winning combination creates an exciting event that brings the fan favourites while helping attendees discover their new favourite artists. Previous lineups have included The Streets frontman Mike Skinner, D Double E, Helena Hauff, Eclair Fifi and My Nu Leng.

To top previous years, the lineup for 2022 has to be massive. But we’re sure they’ll manage to blow our minds like they always do.

With sweaty, relentless crowds that are always up for it and stunning lineups, Baltic Weekender is clearly one of the best UK festivals that dance music fans should keep an eye on. See you there? 

 

Find tickets for Baltic Weekender 2022 - here

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Field Day

 

When: Saturday 20th August

Where: Victoria Park, London

Lineup: Kraftwerk, The Chemical Brothers, Cici, Daniel Avery, Eliza Rose, Emerald B2B Jossy Mitsu, Erol Alkan, Floating Points, HAAi and more 

Stick Saturday the 20th of August in your calendar because that date marks the 15th anniversary of London’s best electronic day festival. Yep, Field Day is back and the organisers are not messing about. With legends Kraftwerk and The Chemical Brothers topping the bill and Cici, Logic1000 and other upcoming talents opening for them, it’s going to be a tough birthday bash to beat.

This year, the fest lands in the lovely Victoria Park. The park, once still and relaxing, will transform into a rowdy, thumping festival with killer electronic music, pints, dancing, and hopefully some sun for one day only. 

Thanks to its gargantuan lineups, Field Day regularly sells out. And how could this year be any different? With such an awe-inspiring lineup, electronic music fans will be all over it like a rash. If you fancy this fest, keep an eye out for developments. Or better yet, secure your tickets ASAP to be sure you don’t miss out.

 

Find tickets for Field Day 2022 - here

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Junction 2

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When: Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th June

Where: Boston Manor Park, Brentford

Lineup: Nina Kraviz, Amelie Lens, Ben Klock, Jon Hopkins, Avalon Emerson, Eris Drew

Hidden within an area of natural beauty in Boston Manor Park, the electronic, techno-driven Junction 2 Festival promises a wealth of world-renowned artists appearing on state-of-the-art stages, surrounded by enchanting rivers, fields and woodland. Sounds like a dream, right? 

A festival is only as good as its lineup which is great news for those with tickets for Junction 2 as there are bucket loads of uber-talented artists set to fill the park’s air with spine-tingling tunes for two whole days. Ticketholders can expect award-winning techno DJ Nina Kraviz, the hypnotizing sounds spun by Amelie Lens, and the chill, spiritual vibes crafted by Four Tet.

Staying cost-effective, you can pick up fourth release day tickets for around £50 and a third release weekend ticket for just £111. With so many huge names on the bill, it doesn’t get much better than this. 

 

Find tickets for Junction 2 2022 - here

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Download Festival

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When: Friday 10th - Saturday 12th June 

Where: Donington Park, Derby

Lineup: Kiss, Iron Maiden, Biffy ClyroKorn, Deftones, A Day To Remember

A music mecca for fans of rock, punk, metal and everything in between, Download Festival is the UK's biggest, gnarliest heavy music festival.

Spawning from the ashes of the legendary 'Monster's of Rock' event almost two decades ago, the annual mammoth event frequently draws some of the biggest names in global rock and alternative music. Some of the names to have incited mosh pits from the stage include Metallica, Halestorm, Slipknot, Tool, Slayer, The Distillers, Smashing Pumpkins, Lamb of God, Die Antwood, and many more. 

This year's lineup is looking as hard as ever while exploring the many subgenres that branch off from metal, rock, punk and more. For example, nu-metal heroes Korn will tear it up on the mainstage, Wargasm fuse hip hop, electronic, dubstep and more for a unique heavy sound, and punk rockers The Distillers will lead the crowd with their fast anthems. 

If a weekend of moshing, headbanging and maybe the occasional wall of death is right up your street, you know what to do. 

 

Find tickets for Download Festival 2022 - here

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Creamfields North

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When: Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th August 

Where: Daresbury, Cheshire

Lineup: Nina Kraviz, Carl Cox, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, CamelPhat, Above & Beyond

The biggest date in any ravers calendar, monster dance fest Creamfields is back again with a mammoth lineup for its 25th birthday. 

The multi-award-winning event, which attracts a whopping crowd of 70,000 electronic music-loving ravers, draws the biggest names in the game every single year. And this year will be no different. 

Only one announcement in and the Creamfields team have already announced multiple artists who run the electronic music scene. Veterans such as Armin van Buuren and David Guetta will deliver mind-blowing sets that’ll be tied together with some next-level light shows, visuals and fireworks. It’s no wonder the festival has already sold out. 

Combine the hugely impressive lineup with ground-breaking production and a notoriously up-for-it crowd, and you've got one of the most impressive, important musical gatherings in the world. Are you down? 

  

Find tickets for Creamfields North - here

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Creamfields South

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When: Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th August 

Where: Hylands Park, Chelmsford

Lineup: David Guetta, Charlotte De Witte, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Amelie Lens, Fatboy Slim, Becky Hill, CamelPhat, Jamie Jones, Deadmau5

Following the repeated success of the iconic festival Creamfields, the team behind the mammoth event have decided to expand by taking their event south for a massive rave in the lovely Hylands Park.

Following in the footsteps of Creamfields North, the giant festival already has some of the biggest names in the scene on its lineup poster. And that's only phase one of the lineup. With heavyweights including Charlotte De Witte, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Calvin Harris, and Amelie Lens set to perform, the festival will sweep attendees off their feet and into a mystical land of tunes and fantastic vibes. 

The 50,000 capacity two-day camping event will have a lot to prove stood next to the original northern event, but with such a dedicated, talented team behind it, we know they’ll smash it. The first edition of Creamfields South could be the first of many. But either way, it’ll go down in history. What do you say? Is Creamfields South your 2022 summer festival? 

 

Find tickets for Creamfields South - here

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SW4 (South West Four)

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When: TBA 

Where: TBA

Lineup: TBA

Both 2020 and 2021 were full of COVID hurdles that were too great for SW4 (AKA South West Four) Festival to overcome, so we’re crossing our fingers in hopes that the London festival will be back stronger than ever for 2022.

Typically drawing lineups packed with the most sought after names in dance, hip-hop, drum n bass and afrobeat, SW4 has been sourly missed these past two years. Usually taking place in Clapham Common, one of London's most famous parks, up to 60,000 festival-goers attend each year to see the very best in the business working their magic live on stage.

To give you a flavour of what you can expect, previous lineups have included Major Lazer, The Streets, Kelis, Basement Jaxx, and Faithless.

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but as life is mostly back to normal, we’re hoping an announcement will be just around the corner.

 

Find tickets for South West Four Festival 2022 - here

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Wireless Festival

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When: TBA

Where: TBA

Lineup: TBA

From championing local talents to introducing international superstars to new audiences, Wireless Festival and its team of dedicated organisers continues to uphold its reputation as a major trendsetter amongst its rivals.

Having previously attracted names such as Jay-Z, Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West to London's Finsbury Park, the festival’s organisers have always had their finger on the pulse and know exactly how to make a crowd go wild. 

Last years lineup featured some of the hottest names in the game today such as Future, Skepta, Saweetie, AJ Tracey, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, and others. With such insane lineups, the team behind Wireless Festival will have a challenge topping previous editions, but we bet they’ll manage. 

 

Find tickets for Wireless Festival 2022 - here

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Reading and Leeds Festival

When: Friday 26th - Sunday 28th August  

Where: Bramham Park, LeedsRichfield Avenue, Reading

Lineup: Arctic Monkeys, Bring Me The Horizon, Rage Against The Machine, Megan Thee Stallion, Halsey, Dave

Two festivals happening simultaneously over the same bank holiday weekend in August, R&L hosts some of the biggest and most celebrated names in world music from a diverse spectrum of genres every year. 

From punk and metal to rock, alternative, indie, dance and electro, both festivals cater to their eclectic following with something to whet each individual's taste. Attendees this year can expect to see world-class performances from Halsey, Arctic Monkeys, Rage Against The Machine, Jack Harlow, Maneskin, Madison Beer, Wilkinson, Megan Thee Stallion, Wolf Alice and more. 

With six huge headliners and no clashes, R&L, as always, is likely to be incredibly popular this year. More acts are due to be announced for the two festivals grandest editions so far. 

 

Find tickets for Reading Festival - here / Find tickets for Leeds Festival  - here

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Lovebox

When: Saturday 16th July 

Where: Gunnersbury Park, London

Lineup: TBA

Cofounded by superstar DJ duo Groove Armada, this three-day festival that started as a club night has blossomed into one of London’s most popular music events, welcoming 50,000 people through the Gunnersbury Park gates each day. Lovebox is known for championing hip hop, grime, RnB, and dance music to its loyal following, creating unreal lineups that feature some of the hottest names in the game. 

 

Past editions have seen performances from Chance The RapperSolangeChildish GambinoN.E.R.D., SZA, Jess Glynne, and Run The Jewels, so although there’s no lineup yet, we can rest easy knowing it’ll be full of artists who make bangers.

 

Lovebox’s most recent edition in 2019 also featured a fair, body painting, and the bump roller disco, offering revellers a chance to take a break from the dancing and enjoy other activities too. After two years off, you’d think the festival would want to make this year their best yet. But for now, we’ll have to wait and see…

 

Find tickets for Lovebox 2022 - here

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Forbidden Forest

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When: Friday 1st - Saturday 3rd July 

Where: TBA, Midlands 

Lineup: Adam Beyer, Hybrid Minds, Jamie Jones, Monki, Andy C, Basement Jaxx, Sonny Fodera, Skepsis, Syreeta, Arielle Free and more

Forbidden Forest is, you guessed it, a festival deep in the heart of a forest that sees the industry’s most talented, influential and most respected artists take to the stage to blow away around 25,000 house, techno, bass, disco, and drum and bass fanatics.

Removing the constraints of a traditional experience, this unique festival heads deep into the wilderness, promising its faithful fanbase a day of unrestricted hedonism. Nothing compares to the freedom and escapism a forest festival provides. 

Prioritising great music over household names, the festival will be in a new location this year as it continues to expand. We don’t know where the heavily anticipated festival will take place yet, but we know it’ll be somewhere in the Midlands in an enchanting forest.

 

Find tickets for Forbidden Forest 2022 - here

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Summer and music festivals go together like salt and pepper. Like Bonnie and Clyde. Or an ice-cold pint on a summer evening. Or like... well, we think you get it. It's a magical combination. They were meant to be. And we’re lucky to have so many unreal festivals coming up this summer that we can mosh, rave, skank, or chill at. Where will festival season take you in 2022? 

 



 

If we've got you in the mood for a bit of festival planning, you might want to take a look at our guides to the best festivals in Croatia, Spain and all of Europe. You can also check out Skiddle's full festival guide here. 

 

Headline image: James Bridle / Reading Festival

 

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