The Best UK Music Festivals

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It wouldn’t be a UK Summer without a jam-packed roster of music festivals to enjoy in the warmer weather. As you might expect, these festivals are popular with Brits and international visitors alike who come to see global acts and rising stars perform, with dance tents, food trucks, and idyllic settings being the cherry on top.

To give you some inspiration, here are some of the best UK music festivals to hit up during your time over in Blighty. There’s a bit of everything here, from the big hitters to the more eclectic, family-friendly festivals, so pack your tent and get saving (they’re not cheap!).

Glastonbury Festival, Somerset

22 June – 26 June 2022

The grand-daddy of them all, Glastonbury is a giant of a festival that music fans should definitely make a beeline to any time it’s on. Even for those who just want an experience, going to Glastonbury at least once in your life is something you’ve got to do. Given the stature of the festival, it’s no wonder that the festival has attracted greats including David Bowie, Beyonce, and Stevie Wonder in the past. The multiple different stages, themed areas, and chilled fields make Glastonbury a veritable town in itself. Awesome, in a word.

The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

11 May – 14 May 2022

Unlike many of the UK’s other music festivals, Brighton’s Great Escape is an urban festival, exchanging cow pastures and fields for pubs and hideaway lanes. The festival sees over 400 bands and other music acts performing across 35 venues across the city. Grab yourself a wristband and go for it – the festival venues are all eminently walkable, after all. And if you don’t know Brighton, it’s the ideal introduction to the often quite alternative city.

Isle of Wight Festival, Isle of Wight

16 May – 19 June 2022

The long history of the Isle of Wight Festival gives it a certain amount of prestige: it was founded way back in 1968 and it’s still going strong to this day. This UK music festival is all classic acts, with old-school legends The Who and Jimi Hendrix first giving the festival its name. This year you can expect more modern purveyors of music mixed with vintage acts, from Sigrid to Lionel Ritchie. And you get a trip to the Isle of Wight at the same time, win-win.

Boardmasters Surf and Music Festival, Cornwall

10 August – 14 August 2022

Compared to many music festivals in the UK, Boardmasters in sunny Cornwall is a relatively small festival. But that doesn’t mean this festival doesn’t pack a punch. There’s an eclectic mix of performances to look forward to here, from hip hop and indie, to dance and alternative rock. But as you might be able to tell from its name, there’s more to Boardmasters than just music. This is a very outdoorsy festival, so there’s kayaking, surfing, yoga sessions, and even coastal runs to get involved with. And if that all sounds too much for you, just kick back on the beach and take it all in.

Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales

18 August – 21 August 2022

Creativity is the name of the game at the sublime Green Man festival. Here it’s not just about the musical performances – for the most part a mix of indie, alternative rock, and folk – but the interactive side of festivals, too. There’s sound therapy sessions, workshops, and debates to attend across the duration of the festival. And if you don’t like things too crazy, don’t worry – Green Man is about as family-friendly as UK music festivals come.

Latitude Festival, Suffolk

21 July – 24 July 2022

Speaking of family-friendly music festivals, Latitude is definitely up there as a solid option who like things less crazy and party-oriented. Alongside the music, there’s poetry, literary events, and even comedy on the cards at Latitude. This UK music festival is also one for all the foodies out there, with food being a key element of Latitude thanks to a team-up with Street Feast, a London-based company who bring all the street food, stalls, and trucks you could ever want. There’s even paddleboarding on the lake to enjoy.

Lost Village Festival, Lincolnshire

25 August – 28 August 2022

Lost Village is a pretty unique UK music festival. If you like the sound of wandering along mysterious woodland trails through forests, discovering abandoned buildings, and disused airports, then you’ll love Lost Village. This is what it’s all about – with stages, workshops, and various discoverable scenes in between. Music-wise, the vibe is very much dance and electronic. 

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