With winter coming to an end, Spring and Summer are just around the corner – bringing with them festival season!
So, Skiddle have picked out some of the events they expect to be the most highly rated in 2022
NORTH ENGLAND FESTIVALS
Creamfields, Cheshire, 25-28th August 2022
This year’s Creamfields festival is a special one, celebrating the festival’s twenty-fifth birthday with the biggest instalment to date. Taking place in Daresbury, Cheshire, festival-goers can expect some of the world’s biggest dance artists, providing an exciting weekend of house, techno, trance and EDM music.
FIELDS OF GOLD FESTIVAL
Ashton Cricket Club, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, 2-3rd September 2022
Experience the live atmosphere and sound of everyone’s favourite former bands and artists such as Oasis (‘Noasis’) and The Smiths (‘The smiths UTD’) at one of the biggest tribute festivals in the North West of England with Fields of Gold. Stretching across two days, the festival is set to be full of Manchester music and soul.
HIDE & SEEK FESTIVAL
Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire, 3-4th September 2022
For a more intimate, close-knit festival, visit the Cheshire Countryside for the one-day Hide & Seek festival. Providing guests with the best in underground electronic music, the festival is set to run for twelve hours from 11am until 11pm at the beautiful Capesthorne Hall.
HIGHEST POINT FESTIVAL
Williamson Park, Lancaster, 12-14th May 2022
Another excellent way to kick off festival season is with Lancaster’s Highest Point festival in May. Festival-goers can expect an exciting line-up of magnificent artists, such as Richard Ashcroft, performing across three days – a great way to start the summer months with friends.
KENDAL CALLING FESTIVAL
Lowther Deer Park, The Lake District, 28-31st July 2022
Honouring its fifteenth event this year, Kendal Calling is back and better than ever with a four-day musical extravaganza in store for festival-goers this July. The huge music event is well-known for its plethora of music, arts, culture, and comedy and never disappoints.
Heaton Park, Manchester, 11-12th June 2022
Back again for another year of success, Manchester’s favourite Parklife is set to return this June. Boasting a line-up of hip hop, pop, rock house and dance artists, the two-day event won’t disappoint. Festival-goers can expect artists such as Lewis Capaldi, 50 cent and Megan Thee Stallion and can also enjoy chill out areas, food, and art whilst they are there – it’s not one to miss!
Herrington Country Park, Sunderland, 9th July 2022
Combining some of the best boy bands, girl groups and pop icons, Kubix festival is every pop-lover’s dream. Injecting Sunderland with incredible energy and exciting performances from the likes of Steps, Aqua and Vengaboys, the festival is packed into one day in July and isn’t one to miss after its previous, sold-out event in 2021!
SOUTH ENGLAND FESTIVALS
Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex, 2-4th June 2022
For the first time ever Creamfields South is set to launch this June. Creamfields south is set to be just as exciting as its northern sister event, providing all fifty thousand of its attendees an incredible line-up of some of the biggest names in dance music, including David Guetta and Fatboy Slim. The launch of Creamfields South is certainly not one to miss.
Henham Park, Suffolk, 21-24th July 2022
Longitude’s sister festival, Latitude is also not one to be missed. The event hosts everything from the best music artists to comedy, cabaret, and theatre, making it a great family-friendly festival. It’s not just about the great music, though! There is also the opportunity to chill out with lake swimming, outdoor yoga, and paddle boarding.
JUNCTION 2 FESTIVAL
Boston Manor Park, Brentford, London 3-4th June 2022
Junction 2 is back with a bang after its long break due to Covid. Last running in 2019, the festival is set to be better than ever with a remarkable line-up of electronic music artists such as Nina Kraviz performing for music-lovers across two days in June. The comeback of Junction 2 definitely isn’t one to miss!
The Woods, Edenbridge, Kent, 25-29th August 2022
Be immersed in the magic of the woodland in the Seven Oaks district of Kent at Alfresco Festival. The electronic music festival is the perfect event for anybody looking for an extraordinary experience full of music, atmosphere, and magic. With DJs and upcoming artists from the electronic music scene such as Derrick Carter and John Talabot, Alfresco Festival is not one to disappoint.
Lydd Airport, Romney Marsh, Kent, 30th April 2022
Connected Festival brings another exciting approach to live music, with five huge stages spread out on the grounds of a functioning airport! The unique location is not the only thing to look forward to with this festival, with its impressive line-up consisting of chart-topping names such as Benny L and Sub Focus set to bring some of the best sets in drum n bass, house, jungle, and old school music.
DREAM VALLEY FESTIVAL
Danson Park, Bexleyheath, Kent, 28th May 2022
Dream Valley is much more than the average festival, promising to immerse guests in a world of experimental art and music, with workshops, one-of-a-kind experiences, and of course incredible live performances from dance icons such as Fabe and Geroge Mensah, too. Set to take place at the end of May, Dream Festival could be the best way to kick off festival season this year.
MIDLANDS OF ENGLAND
Chalk Farm, Lincolnshire, 16-19th September 2022
Rounding off the festival season is Equinox Festival, the yearly event that celebrates music from the likes of Agro and Angry Bear, art, community, food, camaraderie and much more. The festival is rich in culture and crafts, with hand-built temporary venues and stages scattered across a Lincolnshire farm for the family to enjoy – there’s even a range of activities for children including craft workshops and walkabout shows.
Donnington Park, Leicestershire, 10-12th June 2022
Returning for another event packed with rock n roll, Download festival is taking over three days in June this year. Heavy metal and rock fans can enjoy the iconic event, featuring some of the most well-known and loved artists from the genre, including Kiss and Iron Maiden. Download is definitely not a party worth missing out on.
EL DORADO FESTIVAL
Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Ledbury, Herefordshire, 30th June-3rd July 2022
El Dorado promises to whisk festival-goers away into a vibrant land of excitement, surprise, and music. The festival is based around acceptance and inclusivity and boasts a diverse line up of exceptional performers such as Groove Armada and Barney Artist set to brighten up the stage and create an unforgettable festival experience.
BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART FESTIVAL
Belladrum Estate, Inverness, Scotland, 28-31st July 2022
Providing an exciting line-up for all music lovers, Belladrum Tartan Heart covers everything from rock music to Celtic and blues, giving good music and beautiful scenery. The festival is set in a stunning Highland area, meaning that not only can visitors enjoy a plenitude of magnificent artists such as Van Morrison and Emeli Sandé, but also enjoy the beautiful area of Bella as well.
Knockengorroch, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, 19-22nd May 2022
Tucked away in Scottish southern uplands is Knockengorroch Festival, a festival for the whole family, packed with music, culture and art for everybody to enjoy. From folk music to dub reggae, the festival promises a wide range of performance amongst children’s activities and workshops, all packed into an exciting four-day event.
Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, 16-17th April 2022
Terminal V is returning this year and is set to be the best year yet, running across two days for the first time. The festival is set to be packed with techno and house performances from some of the world’s biggest music stars such as Alan Fitzpatrick and Ammara, all under one roof. The unmissable event is a great way to kick off summer, taking place over Easter weekend this year.
Marlay Park, Dublin, July 1-3rd, 2022
Returning after a long break due to Covid, Longitude festival is taking place over three days in July this year. Promising an exciting lineup of stars including Dave and Doja Cat, the festival is renowned for its hip-hop and R&B performances and vibrant atmosphere.
IN IT TOGETHER FESTIVAL
Old Park Farm Margam, Port Talbot, Wales, 3-5th June 2022
Forty-thousand lucky festival-goers are set to experience In It Together festival in Wales – an event of enormity and excellence that promises three days of vibrant entertainment and performance. While the event boasts a superstar line-up including Clean Bandit and Noel Gallagaher’s High Flying Birds, it’s not just the music that guests can look forward to, as the event also hosts cabaret, comedy, and circus performances, as well as having a refreshing mental health focus with their Yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes.