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  • Writer's pictureLaura Barrett

10 Festivals We Can't Wait For In 2022

Festival season is so close we can almost taste the tepid cans of lager and feel the dreaded tent hangover creeping in. All being well, with all the fantastic festivals that are on the horizon, summer 2022 is shaping up to be one to remember. To get you into the spirit, we've selected ten essential live events that you simply cannot miss.

Glastonbury Festival

When: 22nd - 26th June

Where: Worthy Farm, Pilton

Line-up: Billie Eilish, Diana Ross, and more TBA.

The iconic festival makes its highly-anticipated return to Worthy Farm this year with the first confirmed headliner Billie Eilish along with Diana Ross, who will be taking over the legends slot, plus many more to be announced. Glastonbury is always an instant sell-out, so if you were lucky enough to bag a ticket you're definitely in for a treat! If not, don't sweat it, you can catch all the highlights on BBC from the comfort of your own couch.

Reading & Leeds Festivals

When: 26th - 28th August

Where: Reading Richfield Avenue and Leeds Bramham Park

Line-up: Arctic Monkeys, Rage Against The Machine, Dave, Fontaines D.C, Wolf Alice, Little Simz, Circa Waves

The annual August Bank Holiday belter is back this year and better than ever with a whole host of acts to get you pumped for a weekend of live music. This year's festival has not one, not two, but six headline acts alongside a lengthy list of some of the hottest artists around. Headling acts across the weekend include Sheffield's finest Arctic Monkeys, LA legends Rage Against The Machine, Dave, Halsey, Megan Thee Stallion, and Bring Me The Horizon.

Isle Of Wight Festival

When: 16th - 19th June

Where: Seaclose Park, Newport

Line-up: Muse, Kasabian, Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, The Vaccines, Blossoms, Happy Mondays

The legendary Isle Of Wight Festival returns to Newport on 16th June 2022. This iconic event first took place in 1969 and has seen the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and David Bowie perform, to name a few. This year's line-up doesn't disappoint with appearances from Muse, Kasabian, Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie and more.

Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering

When: 26th - 29th May

Where: Catton Hall, Derbyshire

Line-up: Placebo, Patti Smith & Band, The Flaming Lips, The Selecter, Peter Hook & The Light, Amy Macdonald, Working Men's Club

The multi-award-winning creative arts festival returns to the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall this summer with headliners Placebo, Patti Smith, and The Flaming Lips. The weekend will also see performances from the likes of Peter Hook & The Light, Amy Macdonald, The Hives, plus sets from must-see up-and-coming bands.

TRNSMT Festival

When: 8th - 10th July

Where: Glasgow Green

Line-up: Paolo Nutini, The Strokes, Foals, DMA's, Sam Fender, Alfie Templeman, Jamie Webster

TRNSMT is bringing back the annual party to Glasgow Green this July with a whole bunch of acts from Scottish treasures to indie icons. Repping the Scots are Paolo Nutini and Lewis Capaldi and for your indie fix, The Strokes, Foals, and DMA's will be there amongst others.

Mighty Hoopla

When: 3rd - 4th June

Where: Brockwell Park, London

Line-up: Steps, Sugababes, Anastacia, Jessie Ware, Eve, Jamelia

The UK's most inclusive and fabulous pop festival is back with a line-up bursting with pop and pride. Not only does the festival boast a diverse array of acts but offers club nights, cabaret collectives and unique performances from a variety of acts. Acts you can catch across the weekend include the one and only Steps, the original Sugababes and American singer-songwriter Anastacia, plus many more.

Download Festival

When: 10th - 12th June

Where: Donington Park Circuit

Line-up: KISS, Iron Maiden, Biffy Clyro, The Darkness, Boston Manor, Deftones, The Pretty Reckless

Dust off your wellies and get ready for the pit! Rock festival Download returns to its spiritual rock home, based at Donington Park Circuit, with some big names: KISS, Iron Maiden, Biffy Clyro and The Darkness, to name a few. The line-up has an extensive list of mega bands to rising stars that you won't wanna miss.

Neighbourhood Weekender

When: 28th - 29th May

Where: Victoria Park

Line-up: The Courteeners, The Fratellis, Inhaler, Brooke Combe, The Lathums

This year's Neighbourhood Weekender sees the return of previous headliners The Courteeners for the first time since the inaugural event in 2018, alongside Stockport's finest Blossoms, Tom Greenan, Inhaler, and more. The 2-day event will take place across 3 stages this May at Warrington's Victoria Park.

Kendal Calling

When: 28th - 31st July

Where: Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

Line-up: Stereophonics, Supergrass, The Streets, The Kooks, The Wombats, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Sherlocks

Kendal Calling finally returns after 2 years away with a line-up stronger than ever. The Lake District festival will see headline performances from Welsh rockers Stereophonics, Supergrass, and The Streets. Across the weekend there will be sets from The Wombats, along with The Kooks, Declan McKenna, Sea Girls, and much more. If you're attending the festival lookout for the Tim Peaks dinner, the brainchild of Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, where they serve coffee, tea and secret sets from some brilliant artists.


When: 22nd - 24th July

Where: Hillsborough Park, Sheffield

Line-up: James, Shed Seven, Madness, The Lottery Winners, Do Nothing, Brooke Combe

Former multi-venue festival Tramlines is set to return to its now-home Hillsborough Park. This line-up looks like a guaranteed good-time, bringing James, Shed Seven, Sam Fender, The Lottery Winners and more indie favourites to Steel City.

Original Festival Photo by Jade Masri on Unsplash


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