The 17 best festivals in the UK and Europe for 2022


AAfter two years of almost total silence in fields and towns across the UK and Europe, the festivals are back and organizers are clearly determined to remind us what we’ve been missing.

Some of the biggest and best artists in the world line up to headline events in Portugal, Spain, Finland, Sicily and a muddy field in Reading. Each of these festivals offers something completely unique, be it because of its setting, line-up or what else it has to offer outside of music.

Take a look at our picks for this year’s best festivals:


Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset

When: June 22-26

The great kahuna – the one we’ve all been waiting for. After being forced to cancel two years in a row, Emily and Michael Eavis have put together one of the best Glastonbury cast in a long time. Headlining you have legends Paul McCartney and Diana Ross alongside young innovators: Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish. And it only gets better when you take a look at the poster: Arlo Parks, Charli XCX, Fontaines DC, Phoebe Bridgers, Sam Fender, Megan The Stallion, Self Esteem… Prepare yourself for the biggest party on earth . ROC


Where: Castelbuono, Sicily

When: August 4-7

Set in the spectacular historic setting of Castelbuono, near Sicily’s capital Palermo, Ypsigrock is a boutique gem of a festival that never hosts the same act twice. That means you can guarantee something different every time – at least as far as the music is concerned. What never changes is the stunning main stage in the 14th century castle courtyard, the incredible food and the always excellent weather. ROC


Roisin Murphy is performing at the Wilderness Festival this year

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Where: Cornberry Park, Oxfordshire

When: August 4-7

Wilderness is all about the new, be it a new band, a new idea or a new experience. The main stage alone hosts an eclectic array of artists, from the Maccabees frontman-turned-solo artist Orlando Weeks to disco queen Róisín Murphy. There are late night dance parties, a dedicated folk stage, performing arts and a range of workshops including fashion and crafts. Over at the House of Sublime you can party with drag kings and queens, burlesque artists, cabaret and spoken word artists. If you need to recharge your batteries, you can sample one of the many dishes from the festival’s head chefs, including Tom Barnes (L’Enclume), Jeremy Lee (Quo Vadis) and acclaimed vegan chef Bettina Campolucci Bordi. Need to relax? Try the Goddess Space for specially curated women’s events or the iconic London running group Midnight Runners. ROC

No alive

Don’t miss Stormzy at Nos Alive

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Where: Lisbon, Portugal

When: July 6-9

With one of the best line-ups of any festival in Europe, Nos Alive has something for even the most discerning music fan, along with plenty of crowd favourites. In a peat-covered part of Lisbon’s docks, right next to the 16th-century Belém Tower, this festival offers spectacular music alongside the Portuguese capital’s bustling, brilliant culture. This year you can catch live performances from Metallica, Stormzy, Florence + The Machine, The Strokes, Fontaines DC, The War on Drugs, Royal Blood, Haim, St Vincent and Phoebe Bridgers. ROC


Where: Henham Park, Suffolk

When: July 21-24

A real crowd pleaser, Latitude has something for everyone. The four-day event in Suffolk is popular for its wide lineup – and this year is no different with acts including Lewis Capaldi, Foals, Phoebe Bridgers, Groove Armada, Kae Tempest, Little Simz, Manic Street Preachers and Rina Sawayama in Fontaines DC and self esteem. Music isn’t all that’s on the cards. Russell Howard will be headlining on the comedy front, while families can enjoy kid-friendly activities like dance workshops, puppetry and model making. If you can find time between all of this, cool off in the lake with wild swimming and paddling. A


Arctic Monkeys are headlining a number of festivals this year

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Where: Domaine National de Saint-Cloud

When: August 25-30

Taking place in a scenic park 45 minutes west of Paris, Rock En Seine has become a firm favorite among European festival-goers with a penchant for indie music. This year’s line-up won’t disappoint: Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, Nick Cave and London Grammar are just a few of the many acts who will be performing in the picturesque gardens of André Le Nôtre. Where else can you say you’ve seen Alex Turner in front of a backdrop designed by King Louis XIV’s chief gardener? JS


Where: Crystal Palace, Finsbury Park, Birmingham

When: July 1-3; July 8-10

Britain’s biggest rap weekender is back – and judging by the lineup, he’s set to make a massive return. This year’s festival takes place over two weekends at London’s Crystal Palace Park and Finsbury Park, with an event also taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on the second weekend. It appears almost all hip hop heavyweights will be in attendance with a line up consisting of Cardi B, SZA, Nicki Minaj, Tyler, The Creator, Dave, J Cole, Baby Keem, Kali Uchis, French the Kid, Flo Milli, Little Simz, Roddy Rich, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Ghetts, Jack Harlow, Polo G and A$AP Rocky. A

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You can meet Tyler, the Creator at Primavera this year


Where: Barcelona, ​​Spain

When: June 2-4

One of the biggest parties on earth, Primavera is a kaleidoscopic celebration of the best music around. This year’s line-up in bustling Barcelona is as impressive as ever, with artists including Lorde, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Charli XCX, Fontaines DC, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz and Tyler, the Creator, all of them have booked Play over two huge weekends in June. ROC

green man

Where: Brecon Beacons, Wales

When: 18-21 August

Green Man continues its reputation as one of the UK’s softest festivals for its 20th anniversary celebrations this year. Taking place in the heart of the rolling Welsh hills, August’s event will host the likes of Michael Kiwanuka, Beach House, Metronomy, Ezra Furman, Cate Le Bon and Jenny Hval, as well as real-life legends like Kraftwerk. AW

Flow Festival

Where: Helsinki, Finland

When: August 12-14

This year’s Flow Festival will be a standout European event with a lineup consisting of Florence + the Machine, Princess Nokia, Fontaines DC, Gorillaz, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Jamie xx, Michael Kiwanuka, Sigrid, Little Simz , Pa Salieu King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, DJ Koze, JARV IS…, Aldous Harding and 90’s punk rock icons Bikini Kill. Rounding out the program is a comprehensive arts programme, which will offer visitors a thought-provoking experience spread across the festival site. The festival takes place in a disused turn-of-the-century power station, just a short walk from Helsinki city center. A

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Where: Larmer Tree Gardens near Blandford, Dorset

When: September 1-4

End of the Road is a charming independent festival with the heart of a tentpole production. The event prides itself on being cross-genre, and this year’s lineup continues that tradition. Pixies, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes and Khruangbin will headline the four-day event, which will feature acts such as Aldous Harding, Black Midi, Lucy Dacus, Greentea Peng, Perfume Genius, Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Magnetic Fields, Kevin Morboy, Tinariwen, Nilüfer Yanya and The Weather Station also perform. Music aside, End of the Road will welcome its amazing comedy stage, curated cinematic experience and workshops for all ages such as animation classes, yoga and songwriting. Nestled in the woodland wonderland of Larmer Tree Gardens you will also find a library where festival goers can enjoy a moment of quiet and a good book. A


The Oya Festival in Norway is one of the best in Europe

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Where: Tøyen Park, Oslo

When: 9th-13th August

Set amidst the lush Norwegian greenery, Oya can’t help but seem like a European fantasy land that just so happens to have a great soundtrack. This year’s festival is no different, with a diverse lineup ranging from veterans like Nick Cave and Bikini Kill to newbie superstars like HER and AJ Tracey. Also on the list are Little Simz, Gorillaz, Fontaines DC, Bright Eyes, Perfume Genius, Sons of Kemet, Aldous Harding and many more. AW

BST Hyde Park

Emma Thompson dances in the audience at An Audience with Adele

Where: Hyde Park, London

When: June 24th – July 10th

British Summer Time in the heart of London is known for hosting some of the biggest stars in music. This year kicks off with Elton John on June 24 as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, followed by headlining sets from the Rolling Stones, Adele, Pearl Jam, Eagles and Duran Duran, as well as special guests over the two weeks including Pixies, Cat Power and Nile Rodgers and Chic. ROC


Where: Novi Sad, Serbia

When: 7th-10th July

Exit is one of those festivals that is so weird and unique that the state of its lineup is somewhat irrelevant. It is held in an 18th-century fortress off the coast of Serbia. If you need more incentive to attend, this year’s event features artists who are big on the bangers, with Calvin Harris, Jax Jones, Joel Corry, Afrojack and Iggy Azalea in the lineup. AW

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Wolf Alice are one of the most exciting live acts out there


Where: Madrid, Spain

When: 6th-10th July

To celebrate its fifth birthday, Europe’s sunniest music festival has expanded this year to five days of indie, rock and pop with a dreamy lineup of heavyweights. Stormzy, Wolf Alice, Glass Animals, Haim, Metallica, Florence + the Machine, Phoebe Bridgers, Sam Fender, Arlo Parks and Placebo are among the many, many names that will appear. With Madrid being in the summer, good weather is guaranteed, while the 100,000 square meters of land hosting the festival means you won’t feel cramped unless you really want to. AW

park life

Where: Heaton Park, Manchester

When: June 11-12

Parklife surpasses almost every other festival in the UK when it comes to the sheer size and range of its line-up. This year is no different, with headliners including Tyler, the Creator, 50 Cent and Megan Thee Stallion, as well as Lewis Capaldi. Central Cee, Loyle Carner, Four Tet, Arlo Parks, Headie One and Jamie XX. ROC


Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds

When: 26.-28. August

The ‘slosshed in a park at 16’ of UK festivals is back with a surprisingly decent lineup of big names. Spread over the weekend in both cities are Dave, Megan Thee Stallion, Jack Harlow, Run the Jewels, Halsey, Rage Against the Machine, Italian Eurovision Champion Måneskin and the almighty return of the Arctic Monkeys. AW

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