UK festival line-ups 2022: The best tickets to buy now, from Adele at BST Hyde Park to Isle of Wight

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Green Man is one of the best festivals to confirm its plans for 2022  (Press image)
Green Man is one of the best festivals to confirm its plans for 2022 (Press image)

There were times when it didn’t look like it would happen, but the UK’s festival summer finally arrived - and what a blast it’s been.

There are still a handful of events to look forward to this year, but many festival-goers eyes are fixed firmly on next summer, which, all being well, should see a return to a full calendar of music.

Here, we’ve rounded up the major UK festivals to have confirmed their dates for 2022, split into those with line-ups already announced, and those who are still yet to unveil the acts.

Confirmed line-ups

Country to Country

Europe’s biggest celebration of country music returns to the O2 with some of the biggest names in the genre from both sides of the Atlantic, spread across three venues in the UK and Ireland.

When? March 11-13, 2022

Where? The O2, London / 3Arena, Dublin / The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Who’s on the line-up? Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Brett Young and more.

Tickets: from £45, c2c-countrytocountry.com

The Great Escape

The place to go to catch a glimpse of the most exciting up-and-comers, spread across various venues on the south coast.

Where? Brighton, East Sussex,

When? May 11-14, 2022

Who’s on the line-up? Enny, KAM-BU, Mysie, Priya Ragu, Wu-Lu and more.

Tickets: from £70, greatescapefestival.com

Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering

A family-orientated festival, but with a multi-genre line-up certain to keep the adults enthralled.

Where? Catton Hall, Derbyshire

When? May 26-29, 2022

Who’s on the line-up? Placebo, The Flaming Lips, Patti Smith, Peter Hook and the Light, Amy Macdonald and more.

Tickets: from £144, beardedtheory.co.uk

BST Hyde Park

Always a nailed-on for the big names, this concert series runs more like a series of mini day festivals, with a headline act and a whole host of support acts.

Where? Hyde Park, London

When? Various dates, June and July 2022

Who’s playing? Adele, Elton John, Pearl Jam, Pixies, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and more.

Tickets: Various prices, bst-hydepark.com

Gala

It’s always nothing but good vibes at this south London festival, with a broad spectrum of dance music and sprinkling of live acts keeping the party going.

Where? Peckham Rye Park, London

When? June 2-4, 2022

Who’s playing? Jeremy Underground, Shanti Celeste, Move D, Bradley Zero, Horse Meat Disco and more.

Tickets: from £40, thisisgala.co.uk

Junction 2

London’s best festival dedicated to techno and house returns to an as yet unnamed location somewhere in the capital.

Where? London, exact location TBC

When? June 3-4, 2022

Who’s playing? Four Tet, Honey Dijon, Jon Hopkins, Amelie Lens, Nina Kraviz and more.

Tickets: from £45, junction2.london/festival

Mighty Hoopla

The LGBTQ-friendly festival always has one of the best vibes in London with a line-up that never takes itself too seriously.

When? June 3-4, 2022

Where? Brockwell Park, London

Who’s playing? Sugababes, with more to be announced.

Tickets: from £59.50, mightyhoopla.com

Cross The Tracks

Taking us on a journey through jazz, soul, funk and beyond, the line-up here usually consists of legacy favourites and newer acts.

When? June 5, 2022

Where? Brockwell Park, London

Who’s playing? Khruangbin, Joy Crookes, Patrice Rushen, Sampa The Great, Mereba and more.

Tickets: from £29.50, xthetracks.com

Download

Its 2021 edition was resurrected in the form of a Government-backed pilot event, but the UK’s biggest festival for all things head-banging will return in its unadulterated form for 2022.

Where? Donington Park, Derby

When? June 10-12, 2022

Who’s on the line-up? KISS, Iron Maiden, Biffy Clyro, A Day To Remember, Deftones, Korn and more.

Tickets: from £243, downloadfestival.co.uk

Isle of Wight

Always among the first major festivals of the season, with a line-up of chart-toppers and legacy favourites.

When? June 16-19, 2022

Where? Newport, Isle of Wight

Who’s playing? Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie, Kasabian, Pete Tong, Muse and more.

Tickets: from £160, isleofwightfestival.com

Glastonbury

Glastonbury is unquestionably good in normal times, let alone with the pent up emotion of two cancellations and a 50th anniversary to celebrate. If you were one of the lucky ones to nab a ticket back in October 2019 and have rolled it over to 2022, know that you’re in possession of solid gold.

When? June 22-26, 2022

Where? Worthy Farm, Somerset

Who’s on the line-up? Billie Eilish, with more to be announced.

Tickets: Sold out, glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Love Supreme

An ode to jazz, with a healthy lot of jazz, soul, funk and more. Expect a mix of genre icons and new innovators on the line-up.

Where? Glynde Place, East Sussex

When? July 1-3, 2022

Who’s playing? Erykah Badu, TLC, The Isley Brothers, Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes, Sister Sledge and more.

Tickets: from £148.50, lovesupremefestival.com

2000Trees

Dealing in all things hard, fast and loud, this festival always promises a raucous time.

When? July 7-9, 2022

Where? Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Who’s playing? Idles, Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Pup, Rolo Tomassi

Tickets: from £37.80, twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

TRNSMT

This Glasgow festival is always one of the liveliest music events north of the border, with a guitar-heavy line-up.

When? July 8-10, 2022

Where? Glasgow, Scotland

Who’s on the line-up? Paolo Nutini, The Strokes, Lewis Capaldi, Beabadoobee, Fontaines D.C. and more.

Tickets: from £155, trnsmtfest.com

Bluedot

Not many festivals can claim to be held upon a UNESCO World Heritage site, but that’s the case at this festival mixing music, science and wider culture.

When? July 21-24, 2022

Where? Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire

Who’s on the line-up? Björk with the Hallé Orchestra, plus more to be confirmed.

Tickets: from £178.75, discoverthebluedot.com

Y Not

Returning to the bucolic surroundings of the Peak District for its 15th edition, this festival promises some of the best-known guitar bands in the UK, with plenty of emerging acts too.

When? July 29-31, 2022

Where? Pikehall, Derbyshire

Who’s on the line-up? Stereophonics, Courteeners, Blossoms, Manic Street Preachers, Nothing But Thieves and more.

Tickets: £119.50, ynotfestival.com

Boardmasters

Sun (possibly), surfing and good music (almost definitely) are among the offerings at this beach-side festival.

Where? Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach, Cornwall

When? August 10-14, 2022

Who’s playing? George Ezra, Disclosure, Kings of Leon, Damian Marley, Bastille and more

Tickets: from £214, boardmasters.com

Green Man

A real gem of a festival, whose line-up spans multiple genres and whose programme covers everything from comedy to science, returns for its 20th anniversary edition.

When? August 18-21, 2022

Where? Brecon Beacons, Wales

Who’s on the line-up? Michael Kiwanuka, with more to be announced.

Tickets: from £195, greenman.net

End of the Road

Another multi-disciplinary delight spanning the spectrum of music, comedy, literature, film and beyond, expect an exciting, discerning line-up.

When? September 1-4, 2022

Where? Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire

Who’s playing? Pixies, with more to be announced.

Tickets: from £190, endoftheroadfestival.com

Confirmed dates

Wide Awake

A new festival that was meant to make its debut on the London festival scene in 2021, this one-dayer returns with a blend of cutting-edge sounds from leftfield indie to jazz.

When? May 28, 2022

Where? Brockwell Park, London

Tickets: from £37, wideawakelondon.co.uk

Parklife

Early bird tickets for Manchester’s biggest festival sold out in record time — keep an eye out for the next batch, which will no doubt be snapped up swiftly as well.

Where? Manchester, exact location TBC

When? June 11-12, 2022

Tickets: £TBA, parklife.uk.com

Lovebox

Landing in a new north London home, and shrinking its line-up to a one-day affair, Lovebox is the place for a heady mix of rap, pop, dance and more.

When? July 16, 2022

Where? Finsbury Park, London

Tickets: £TBA, loveboxfestival.com

Latitude

This idyllic countryside retreat prides itself on being more than just a music festival — previous editions have brought in everything from comedy to stand-up paddleboarding.

When? July 21-24, 2022

Where? Henham Park, Suffolk

Tickets: from £226, latitudefestival.com

Secret Garden Party

Back after a five-year hiatus, tickets for this one sold out almost as quickly as they arrived.

When? July 21-24, 2022

Where? Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Tickets: sold out, secretgardenparty.com

Standon Calling

After returning for its 15th edition in 2021, this crowd-pleasing festival for all the family is making plans for 2022, with what will surely be a wide-ranging line-up and plenty to keep the kids entertained too.

When? July 21-24, 2022

Where? Standon, Hertfordshire

Tickets: from £139, standon-calling.com

Tramlines

Sheffield’s biggest city-based music festival is always a popular one, thanks both to its stacked line-ups and decent value tickets.

When? July 22-24, 2022

Where? Hillsborough Park, Sheffield

Tickets: from £120, tramlines.org.uk

Kaleidoscope

This multi-arts one-dayer is blessed with one of the best festival sites in London, set within the grounds of Alexandra Palace and offering panoramic views of the capital.

When? July 23, 2022

Where? Alexandra Palace, London

Tickets: £TBA, kaleidoscope-festival.com

Camp Bestival

One for the family-sized festival-goers, this one caters to all ages with a programme of events to keep the kids occupied, as well as the adults.

When? July 28-31, 2022

Where? Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Tickets: from £206, campbestival.net

We Are FSTVL

One of London’s biggest dance music festivals, always with a reliably huge line-up of global DJs.

Where? London, exact location TBC

When? August 6-7, 2022

Tickets: from £52.50, wearefstvl.com

Boomtown

Tickets are already running low for this five-day extravanganza, which is always one of the more surreal festivals in the calendar, so be sure to snap them up soon.

When? August 10-14, 2022

Where? Winchester, Hampshire

Tickets: from £222.50, boomtownfair.co.uk

Creamfields

Always one of the biggest dance music festivals on the calendar, Creamfields is a sure-fire gathering of some of the best-known DJs on the world circuit. It celebrates turning 25 in 2022.

When? August 25-28, 2022

Where? Daresbury, Cheshire

Tickets: Sold out, creamfields.com

Victorious

Down on the south coast, this Portsmouth festival always draws in some big names, covering rock, britpop, indie rock, and more.

When? August 26-28, 2022

Where? Southsea, Portsmouth

Tickets: from £40, victoriousfestival.co.uk

Reading and Leeds

A rite of passage for British festival-goers, these dual-running events are always among the biggest on the UK calendar.

When? August 25-28, 2022

Where? Reading, Berkshire / Leeds, West Yorkshire

Tickets: from £232, readingfestival.com / leedsfestival.com

Maiden Voyage

A relatively new arrival on the London scene, this one is run by the same people who helm the Jazz Cafe in Camden. The venue’s focused eclecticism is matched on the festival’s line-up.

When? August 28, 2022

Where? London, exact location TBC

Tickets: £TBA, maiden-voyage.co.uk

Naked City

A laid-back, multi-faceted festival in a south London green space, mixing jazz, house, dub, jungle and more.

Where? Beckenham Place Park, London

When? September 10, 2022

Tickets: £TBA, nakedcityfestival.com

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