UK Festival Guide 2022

The fully-fledged festival circuit is well and truly back this year. Despite the half-pint version we were happy to welcome back last year, the return of major fixtures like Glastonbury and Boomtown are welcomed indicators that normal service has been resumed.

Love Saves The Day, Wide Awake and Radio 1’s Big Weekend kicked off the season back in May, with Glastonbury later dominating the music and media world with a historic 50th anniversary event.

Unfortunately, we’ve still had a couple of fallen festivals forced into cancellation such as Fields of Fantasy and Junction 2, but otherwise the second half of the summer is shaping up to be as good as the first. Here’s what’s left to look forward to.

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Boomtown
When: 10th – 14th August
Where: Winchester
Who: Secret lineup TBA

Like Glastonbury, Boomtown’s size and scale has forced it into a three-year sabbatical, and with that brings wholesale changes to its direction, vision and execution. A festival famous for its narrative, theatrics and storyline, this has been completely reset, with 2022 billed as Chapter One: The Gathering.

And with that comes a complete redesign of its site, with new districts, stages, sets and surroundings. They’ve also introduced a radical new approach to its lineup, keeping the whole thing under lock and key until a week before the festival. The fact that they’ve still sold out months in advance, shows you just how impressive Boomtown really is.

We Out Here
When: 25th – 28th August
Where: Cambridgeshire
Who: Underground Resistance, Pharaoh Sanders, Fabio & Grooverider

Curated and orchestrated by Radio 6’s Gilles Peterson, We Out Here has already garnered a reputation for its communal, easy-going atmosphere and warm, welcoming environment. Tipped as a ‘worldwide family gathering’, WOH promises one of the most diverse lineups on the circuit, offering everything from soul, hip hop, house, afro, electronica, jazz and beyond.

From legends and pioneers like Underground Resistance, Pharaoh Sanders and Fabio & Grooverider, through to cutting-edge selectors and ’bout-to-breakthrough live bands, We Out Here boats and eclectic musical selection full of old favourites and your new favourite artist.

Field Day
When: Saturday 20th August
Where: Victoria Park, North London
Who: Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk, Peggy Gou

More through necessity over choice, Field Day was moved back to its old home of Victoria Park last year, after swapping its gatekeeping from Broadwick Live to AEG. This meant electronic music was plonked into big band main stages, which on the most part was a success, particularly Bicep’s headline performance.

They’ve doubled down on this logic for 2022, welcoming two undisputed pioneers of electronic music to headline. Famous for their extravagant, mind-blowing visual displays, The Chemical Brothers and Kraftwerk will lead the lineup, supported by the likes of Peggy Gou, Squarepusher and Folamour.

Maiden Voyage
When: Saturday 28th August
Where: Lee Valley Showground, north of London
Who: Jeff Mills, Jayda G, Ross From Friends, Shanti Celeste

Amongst the catalogue of day events being churned out these days, and with a competitive date in the festival calendar this August bank holiday, it’d be easy to have missed Maiden Voyage. Seemingly revelling in a dash of mystique and a lack of in-your-face marketing, Maiden Voyage boasts an expansive all-encompassing lineup for an absolute steal of a price.

A live set from the legendary Underground Resistance, and a rare appearance from the elusive Jay Electronica are among the highlights, alongside D Double E, Ross From Friends, Octo Octa, Sherelle and Floorplan.

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Hospitality Weekend in the Woods
When: 17th – 18th September
Where: Beckenham Place Park, South London
Who: High Contrast, S.P.Y, Kings of the Rollers, DJ Marky

The closest thing the UK has to Czech Republic’s Let It Roll or Belgium’s Rampage, Hospitality Weekend In The Woods is an entire festival dedicated to drum and bass. Organised, orchestrated and envisioned by the legendary dnb label Hospital under its Hospitality brand, expect DJ sets and live performances from some of the world’s most influential figures of dnb, jungle and beyond.

Besides headline outings from the likes of Kings of The Rollers and High Contrast, highlights include Calibre & DRS and DJ Marky & GQ, plus a very special live show from Fabio & Grooverider and the Outlook Orchestra.

Tokyo World
When: 17th – 18th September
Where: Eastville Park, Bristol
Who: Busta Rhymes, Netsky, Pendulum, Above & Beyond

Often forgotten about amongst the thick-and-fast nightlife calendar of the South West, Tokyo World is one of the final festivals before Autumn brings the season to a close. A two-day, non-camping metropolitan festival hosted at Eastville Park (Love Saves The Day’s former home), Tokyo World will primarily appeal to fans of electronic music.

With a stellar lineup of house, disco and techno (Maceo Plex, Honey Dijon, Louie Vega), coupled with dnb and jungle (Camo & Krooked, Delta Heavy, Ed Solo), Tokyo World also promises a stellar lineup of live acts including Lady Leshurr, Rejjie Snow, and the legendary Busta Rhymes.

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