UK music festivals: The top events for 2022

Luxury London

6 April 2022

Wellies at the ready – festivals are back this summer and promise to be better than ever

6 April 2022 Luxury London

There’s nothing quite like a great British music festival. Whether you opt for the sophisticated stylings of Glyndebourne or the muddy fields of Glastonbury, there’s a real camaraderie in music lovers coming together to take a chance on the dicey British weather in order to see all their favourite performers in one place.

Glad rags at the ready then, as after two years of cancellations and postponements, 2022 marks the return of the Great British festival. Read on for Luxury London’s definitive guide to the best festivals in the UK this year. Just don’t forget your wellies…

At Home Farm, Elstree

Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, Home Farm – the go-to glamping spot for Londoners in the know – is set to host another jam-packed summer of intimate events. Running all summer long, with a line-up boasting the likes of Ry X, The Staves and Rae Morris performing on the farm’s secret woodland stage, At Home Farm is amping up the revelry for 2022 with residencies from Rogue Theatre, Comedy in the Woods and Giffords Circus. Elsewhere, Ben Quinn returns with his renowned woodfired banquets, served beneath towering oak trees, and featuring appearances from some of the UK’s buzziest chefs – including the teams behind London hotspots Native and Moro. While Home Farm sits just half an hour from Marble Arch (via Thameslink), those who want to avoid the late-night schlep back to town can book one of the farm’s many yurts and bell tents.

May - September 2022, athomefarm.live

 
 

Glyndebourne Festival, Lewes

Grade II-listed Sussex opera house Glyndebourne returns with another summer of world-class performances. In its most ambitious year yet, alongside two revivals, the festival will see the premiere of four new productions for 2022, with highlights including Puccini’s La Bohème, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Handel’s Alcina. Mid-show refreshments can be found at one of Glyndebourne’s three on-site restaurants, including a Galvin Brothers outpost, or pack your picnic hamper to the brim with treats to be enjoyed on the house’s manicured lawns – as long as you don’t mind the risk of a seasonal shower. FYI: Glyndebourne maintains a formal dress code so dig out your tuxedos and floor-length gowns, there’s no room for wellies and cut-off Levis here.

21 May - 28 August 2022, glyndebourne.com

Parklife, Manchester

Manchester’s premier genre-spanning music festival attracts some of the world’s biggest musical acts to the – usually peaceful – grounds of Heaton Park each June. And this year is no different with its eight stages playing host to massive names including 50 Cent, Tyler the Creator, Megan Thee Stallion, Chase and Status and Jamie XX – to name a few. For those seeking some comfort, Parklife has launched a comprehensive VIP package at its Luxury Lounge, featuring private parties, refuelling and recharging stations, international gourmet cuisine and access to the Secret Club (your guess is as good as ours).

11-12 June 2022, parklife.uk.com

 
 

Isle of Wight Festival, Newport

Having begun as Europe's answer to Woodstock in 1970, the Isle of Wight Festival is one of Britain’s longest-running festivals, attracting 60,000 revellers to the island every summer for a weekend of live music courtesy of some of the world’s biggest acts. The 2022 programme boasts an eclectic line up of headliners including Lewis Capaldi, Muse, and Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley, alongside an impressive bill of support acts featuring Madness, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Sigrid and The Proclaimers. Needless to say, whatever your musical tastes, you’re sure to find something to inspire a sing-along.

16-19 June 2022, isleofwightfestival.com

Glastonbury, Somerset

Photography by Anna Barclay

The biggest name on the British festival circuit, Glastonbury is back after two years away, boasting perhaps its biggest line-up ever with headliners including Sir Paul McCartney, Diana Ross and Billie Eilish. Returning to transform Worthy Farm into a music fan’s Mecca, Glasto will also see the likes of Róisín Murphy, Pet Shop Boys and Jessie Ware perform across its 100-plus stages. Though you’ll be hard-pressed to find tickets for this year’s event – they sold out within mere minutes – most of the festival will be broadcast on the BBC, and it’s never too early to register for next year’s lottery.

22-26 June, glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

 
 

BST Hyde Park, London

Photography by Tom Hancock

After a two-year hiatus (thanks Covid), BST Hyde Park returns for its eighth edition this year, with a line-up featuring some of the world’s biggest musical acts including Elton John, Adele, The Rolling Stones and Duran Duran. Taking place over three weekends – the festival’s longest stint yet – with a midweek Open House programme, BST is the perfect opportunity to get your live music fix without having to leave London.

24 June - 10 July 2022, bst-hydepark.com

The Good Life Society Summer Camp, Hawarden

Based on the fabled summer camps of American coming-of-age movies, The Good Life Society’s Summer Camp presents a series of micro-festivals across four long weekends in July. Rather than the typical bill of indie bands and rising pop stars, Summer Camp attendees can expect a fully packed programme of expeditions, workshops and talks from a line-up of creatives and nature experts that includes Sir Ranulph Feinnes. Set within the private Hawarden Estate in North Wales, Summer Camp offers a chance to escape and reconnect with the great outdoors. Expect paddleboarding, wild swimming, wellness and fine dining feasts from some of the UK’s best chefs.

1 - 25 July 2022, goodlifesociety.co.uk

 
 

Cornbury Festival, Great Tew

After 17 successful summers, intimate country fair Cornbury Festival will return this July, welcoming old friends and newcomers alike to celebrate the fete’s final hurrah. Set in the rolling hills of north Oxfordshire, 2022 sees the return of previous headliners James Blunt, Ronan Keating and Bryan Adams, as well as main stage sets from Jools Holland and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly. The Cornbury Kids Zone has plenty to keep children and teens busy, with a whole host of supervised activities from art and music workshops to dance parties and shows. Feeling a jaded following an evening spent partying? Head to the festival’s massage marquee for a range of therapeutic spa treatments, including acupressure, reiki and Indian head massages, courtesy of Therapixie.

8-10 July 2022, cornburyfestival.com

TRNSMT, Glasgow

Now in its fifth year, TRNSMT is Scotland’s preeminent rock and pop festival. Held on Glasgow Green, its city setting means there’s no camping, but the three-day event holds up as a classic music festival in every other way. Dedicated entirely to music, there are no comedy, theatre or wellness tents here, and under-12s are strictly prohibited. 2022 will see headliners such as Paolo Nutini, The Strokes, Wolf Alice and Jimmy Eat World take to TRNSMT’s three stages.

8-10 July 2022, trnsmtfest.com

 
 

Latitude Festival, Suffolk

Photography by Luke Dyson

Set in the picturesque grounds of Henham Park in Suffolk, Latitude is one of Britain’s favourite festivals boasting the very best in music, dance, comedy, poetry, theatre, literature, podcasts, family activities and wellness. Now in its 16th year, the packed 2022 line-up features some of British music’s biggest names, including Snow Patrol, Foals, Little Simz and Rina Sawayama, with more to be announced. And when you fancy a break from your dancing shoes, partake in a few laps of wild swimming or a paddle boarding session on the beautiful Latitude lake.

21-24 July 2022, latitudefestival.com

Kaleidoscope, Alexandra Palace

Looking for all the fun of a major music festival without the hassle of camping? Then one-day festival Kaleidoscope, set in the grounds of Ally Pally, should be right up your street. This year’s largely nostalgic line-up will see electronic duo Orbital and the Happy Mondays head up an all-day party, with the likes of David Rodigan, House Gospel Choir and Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon providing support. For families, Kaleidoscope hosts a miniature festival-within-a-festival featuring magic acts, circus performers, interactive arts and pop-up theatre, while those after a little culture break can find it at the words and comedy stage, courtesy of Dom Joly and Sindhu Vee. Late-night revelry will be provided by a stellar billing of top DJs including Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show, Crazy P Soundsystem and The Cuban Brothers, and with camping out of the equation, all you have to worry about is getting back to your own bed come the wee hours of Sunday morning.

23 July 2022, kaleidoscope-festival.com

 
 

Camp Bestival, Dorset

Set to descend upon Lulworth Castle in July – with an inaugural sister event taking place at Shropshire’s Weston Park in August – Camp Bestival is the ultimate family-friendly jamboree. The star-studded 2022 line-up features names such as Rag’n’Bone Man, Rudimental and Sister Sledge, with hundreds of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy together including immersive theatre, family discos, African arts and crafts, and the annual Pimp My Trolley competition. Elsewhere, adults can indulge in some old school raving courtesy of Jo Whiley and Jodie Harsh, or get lost in festival foodie heaven at the Feast Collective, curated by Fred Sirieix. Fancy dress Saturday is optional, but enthusiastically encouraged.

28-31 July, Dorset, 18-21 August, Shropshire, campbestival.net

Kendal Calling, Kendal

Each summer, the Lake District’s Lowther Deer Park plays host to some of the biggest names in British music as Kendal Calling descends on its idyllic grounds. While the full line-up for this year’s festival is yet to be announced, headliners include Bastille, Stereophonics and Supergrass, with The Kooks, Sophie Ellis Bexter and The Wombats providing support. Elsewhere on the programme you’ll find comedy by Bill Bailey and Shaparak Khorsandi, as well as the best in indie, acoustic, drum and bass, folk, new music and so much more on the festival’s many smaller stages. With immersive light installations, pop-up cinema, performance art, wellness and a dedicated children’s zone – Kids Calling – on offer should you need a break from the music, there’s plenty to keep the whole family happy all weekend. Those looking for a little extra comfort can also check into the Deer Lodge, Kendal Calling’s boutique glamping village.

28-31 July 2022, kendalcalling.co.uk

 
 

Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

A four-day boutique festival in the grounds of Oxfordshire’s Cornbury Park, Wilderness is a family-friendly celebration of music, the arts, food, and wellbeing. Kids will be kept occupied with horse riding, cosmic crafting, archery, pottery masterclasses and much more, while Woodfired Canteen and Friends is on-hand to keep you well fed all weekend. With musical headliners including Years and Years, Peggy Gou and Róisín Murphy, performances from Sadler’s Wells presents and The Wilderness Orchestra, and talks with The Guilty Feminist and Michelle De Swarte, you’re sure to find something to satiate all cultural cravings.

4-7 August 2022, wildernessfestival.com

Big Feastival, Cotswolds

Foodie fest the Big Feastival returns to the Cotswolds farm of founder Alex James – Blur bassist and former Britpop bad boy – for a weekend of live music, fantastic food and entertainment for all the family. Musical headliners include Stereophonics and The Human League, alongside special guests the Sugababes and Gabrielle (nostalgia kick anyone?). Double decker disco dairy, the Alex James Cheese Hub, also returns for another year, while cooking demonstrations, tastings and Q&As abound, courtesy of the UK’s most innovative gastronomical minds including Bake Off contestants, Ottolenghi cookbook co-author Ixta Belfrage, and head chef of Islington restaurant 12:51, James Cochran. Little ones will be kept well entertained with a line-up including Cosmic Kids Yoga, cooking classes with Marks and Spencer, and an appearance from TV star Mr Tumble, with street food stalls, supper clubs and farm-grown feasts to keep the clan well-fed throughout.

26-28 August 2022, thebigfeastival.com

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