Best UK music festivals for summer 2022, from Camp Bestival to Creamfields to Wilderness

The Cambridge Club, June 10-12

If you consider yourself a connoisseur of disco and funk, then The Cambridge Club is the festival for you. Icons like Diana Ross, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Corinne Bailey Rae all feature on the lineup, promising to provide a fun weekend in Cambridge. Tickets are available here.

Parklife, June 11-12

The jewel in Manchester’s musical crown is back at Heaton Park, with some of the world’s biggest dance, hip-hop and grime acts spread out throughout the weekend. See 50 Cent, Megan Thee Stallion, Jamie XX, Loyle Carner, Arlo Parks and Nina Kraviz doing their June thing: neon clothes are optional. Tickets for the weekend and Saturday are sold out, but you can take a ticket for Sunday here.

Isle of Wight, 16-19 June

Now in its 54th year, the Isle of Wight remains one of Britain’s best-loved festivals. Returning in 2021 with a temporary September date to circumvent Covid restrictions, the festival is set to resume its usual June weekend at Seaclose Park, with sets by Kasabian, Muse and Blossoms. Tickets are available here.

Glastonbury, June 22-26

She’s back, finally! After a two-year hiatus due to shutdowns and pandemic uncertainty, the world’s biggest music event returns to Worthy Farm. Brooding teenage superstar Billie Eilish will headline the Pyramid Stage on Friday and Diana Ross will play the hallowed legend spot on Sunday, but the rest of the lineup has yet to be confirmed. Tickets are sold out.

BST Hyde Park, June 24 to July 10

Although some events are sold out (Adele, we’re looking at you), there are still plenty of brilliant events on the BST list if you’re looking for a fun day out in London this summer. This year’s offering kicks off with Elton John, followed on subsequent dates by The Rolling Stones, Eagles, Adele, Pearl Jam and Duran Duran. More information about the different events (and tickets) can be found here.

ALSO, July 8-10

Listen to music from the London Afrobeat Collective, Nuha Ruby Ra and Pynch before exploring the Warwickshire forests that make up the site, stopping at an uplifting talk show or comedy show, then feasting on the plethora of delicious food trucks on offer. Tickets are available here.

TRNSMT, July 8-10

Glasgow’s flagship daily music festival will take place with some of the biggest names in indie rock preparing to take the stage at Glasgow Green. Friday is headlined by Scotsman Paolo Nutini, backed by Sam Fender; Saturday sees The Strokes, Foals and Fountains DC; and Sunday ends with Lewis Capaldi and Wolf Alice. You can get tickets here.

Latitude, July 21-24

Competing year after year for the coveted title of Britain’s finest festival, Latitude will take place at Henham Park in Suffolk and promises to be filled with street-footing craftsmen, great music and Instagram opportunities. Lewis Capaldi, Foals and Snow Patrol lead the proceedings, joined by British rapper Little Simz, Fontaines DC and Modest Mouse, and tickets are available here.

Jan G. Gilbert