Ah, the festival. Four days of stomping through thick mud in your brand new bright pink wellies, squelchingly dancing along to your favourite musician in torrential rain and sharing things that are disguised as portaloos with thousands of strangers. Yep, it’s the Brits rite of passage. If you fancy heading to one this summer, read on to find out our recommendations.

From family-friendly favourites to the country’s biggest dance weekender, these are the 18 best UK festivals to book this summer.

Glastonbury 

Let’s not beat around the bush here, Glastonbury is notoriously difficult to get tickets for. It’s one of the world’s biggest names in the festival industry so it’s no wonder tickets sell out instantly. And it’s a festival that seems to always include a flurry of rain clouds. That being said, the biggest names in music have all graced the main stage over the years.  

While an official line-up is yet to be announced, Billie Eilish, Diana Ross, Little Simz, Courtney Barnett and R.A.E have all been confirmed to be making their way onto the big stages in 2022.  

Even if you haven’t managed to get tickets for this year’s bumper packed line-up, you can always look forward to watching all of the highlights as they happen on the BBC’s various channels and iPlayer.

22nd – 26th June

www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Isle Of Wight Festival 

From Lewis Capaldi and Sigrid to Karabian and Blossoms, the Isle Of Wight Festival is going all out with their star studded line-up. But it’s not all just about the music, here you’ll find an array of areas dotted around Seaclose Park too, from fairground rides to relaxation zones. 

For those not feeling numerous nights in a crowded tent, the festival is home to boutique and luxury camping options, or go all out and book a cottage or Airbnb.

16th – 19th June 

www.isleofwightfestival.com

The Great Escape 

In a city abrim with independent music venues cropping up on every corner, it only seems fitting Brighton is home to a festival dedicated to showcasing emerging artists. Scattered over 30 venues and even its very own pop-up festival site on Brighton Beach itself, it’s a chance to discover fresh new talent and maybe even the next Idles.

End Of The Road 

End Of The Road returns this September, bringing with them an exciting line-up of all of the biggest indie music names. There are so many quirky corners of this festival, from giant animal sculptures to small tents and stages welcoming some of the best rising stars in the industry. 

The festival, located at Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset, will be welcoming American heroes, Bright Eyes and Pixies, as well as folk legends Fleet Foxes.

1st – 4th September

www.endoftheroadfestival.com

 

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Wireless 

While their dates and line-up is yet to be confirmed, fans of the rap festival have their fingers ready to hit the button as soon as ticket lines open. 

The festival takes over Crystal Palace Park each summer, bringing with it a mega line-up of some of the biggest stars in music. Previous headliners include: Rhianna, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Stormzy.

Previous headliners include: Rhianna, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Stormzy.

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Creamfields

Creamfields North might be sold out, but there’s still a chance to bag tickets for their Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Known for being one of the world’s biggest dance festivals, it’s one that sells out every year. 

Taking place on the bumper May-June bank holiday, the line-up is packed out with the likes of Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Becky Hill, Idris Elba and Wilkinson.

2nd – 4th June & 25th – 28th August 

www.creamfields.com

Camp Bestival

From family-friendly activities to stellar musical morsels and cultural offerings, Camp Bestival is one of the best festivals in the UK for all ages. Taking place on the last weekend in July, this is one that’ll kick off the school summer holidays with a bang. 

The festival itself is set within the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle on the Jurassic coastline. The music line-up includes the likes of Orla Gartland, Razorlight, Faithless (DJ set) and Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon. 

Other activities include circus performances, cosmic kids yoga, axe throwing, fancy dress parades, comic performances from Ed Brune, and of course, you’ll also find the love-bot.

28th – 31st July 

www.dorset.campbestival.net

 

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We Are FSTVL

This August, We Are FSTVL will be taking over Damyns Hall Aerodrome Essex, bringing with it a wealth of DJs, artists and big names in the dance music scene. From Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th, the stages will be taken over by The Bless Madonna, Mabel Live, The Martinez Brothers, Tyga Live, Rudimental and KSI. 

Go for a VIP ticket and reap all of the benefits of the secluded areas, from private bars and food traders to VIP only toilets, which if you’ve ever been to a festival before, it’s a huge bonus.

6th – 7th August

www.wearefstvl.com

Latitude 

A double whammy of music and performing arts, Latitude Festival shouts about all things from music, comedy and poetry to theatre, politics, film and workshops. If you’re up for a dose of the eclectic then this festival is where it’s at, with electronic, alternative, folk and a whole lot more on offer. What’s more, if you’re feeling a little fragile post-festivalling, there’s yoga and wellness on offer to get you back into the party spirit as soon as possible! This year’s line-up is set to be announced soon.

 

 

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21st – 24th July 

www.latitudefestival.com

Love Supreme

For the jazz lovers wanting a boogie, then Love Supreme is the perfect option to fulfill your deepest jazz-inspired desires. With the rolling hills of the iconic South Downs of East Sussex surrounding you, Love Supreme is the first all jazz festival in the UK, spread across four stages.

Expect to be dancing the weekend away to TLC, Tom Misch, Lianne La Havas, Ezra Collective and Sister Sledge.

1st – 3rd July 

www.lovesupremefestival.com

Wilderness 

For those wanting a festival that’s a smidge tamer than the rest, look to Wilderness. This culturally diverse occasion in Oxfordshire sees revellers enjoying all things from music to wellbeing, talks and debates to feasting and dining. 

This year’s line-up is yet to be announced but last year saw the likes of Rudimental, Jamie XX and Loyle Garner headline. For the foodies, you can expect foodie delights from big names too – previous names include Fallow, The Spread Eagle, Native and Patty & Bun.

4th – 7th August 

www.wildernessfestival.com

 

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Green Man 

Whether you’re travelling to a festival for the music, the experience or the kiddie area, Green Man Festival combines the best of the bunch. Even if you’ve never had the pleasure of going, you’ll know of the instantly recognisable giant wooden men statues dotted around the site. 

They’ve just announced their first headline act too! Michael Kiwanuka will be returning to the festival, 11 years after his first Green Man set. It’s sure to be a great way to celebrate their 20th birthday bash.

18th – 21st August 

www.greenman.net 

Boardmasters

It’s not often you’ll find a surf festival here in the UK, but Boardmasters is the Cornish exception. Expect a whole host of surf action, alongside some of the biggest and brightest names in the music industry. 

Fistral Beach is entirely taken over for the full five-days with surfers and festival goers. Headline acts this year include Disclosure, George Ezra, Kings of Leans, Declan McKenna, The Wombats and Idles. 

10th – 14th August

www.boardmasters.com

Reading & Leeds 

If Reading or Leeds wasn’t your first festival debut when you were a teenager, can you even call yourself a real Brit?

What was once the UK’s leading alternative festival has since blossomed into a world of its own showcasing emerging talent alongside serious music legends. Some of their 2022 line-up has been revealed. It includes the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Dave, Megan Thee Stallion, Wolf Alice, Glass Animals and Brings Me The Horizon. It’s the only way we’ll be spending our August bank holiday

26th – 28th August 

www.readingfestival.com

Standon Calling

From Horrible Histories Live to Dick & Dom’s DJ Battle, swimming pools to their infamous dog show, Standon Calling is the place to head for a family-friendly excursion this summer. Running just as school holidays break up, the Hertfordshire festival will be returning with bigger acts, greater competitions and activities that’ll keep the kids entertained for hours on end.

It isn’t all just kids fun though; you can expect a killer line-up of musicians, DJs and party favourites like Anne-Marie, Lyle Carner, Madness and Primal Scream.

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21st – 24th July 

www.standon-calling.com

 

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All Points East 

For those not cut out for camping, try London’s best festival All Points East. Each year the festival takes over East London’s Victoria Park and plays host to an exciting mix of artists. This year there’ll be Gorillaz, Idles, Tame Impala, The Chemical Brothers, The National and Nick Cave.

Various dates from 19th – 28th August 

www.allpointseastfestival.com

Farmfest

Somerset’s Farmfest will see over 100 acts come together for a weekender to remember. Expect a mix of indie, folk, electronic and world music genres, as well as stand-up comedy, poetry, brass-band bonanzas and exciting kids workshops to keep your little ones entertained.

29th – 30th July

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Lovebox

Gunnersbury Park is preparing for another wild weekender in the form of Lovebox festival. After a pandemic hiatus, the festival is returning with a wealth of big name acts, food trucks and party vibes.

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