Now that Glastonbury Festival 2022 is over and you’ve been spammed to death by news of McCartney bringing on rock legends or from your pals telling you they had the time of their life despite catching covid; we wanted to highlight some of the other great festivals happening around the UK in case you’re suffering from severe FOMO.
With a strong, diverse lineup ranging from Glasto legend diva Diana Ross all the way through to Tears For Fears, not to mention one of the very few UK appearances this year from The Strokes – Lytham has really pulled out the strong lineup stops this year as one of the true festival heavyweights and is fast becoming a strong staple of Northern festivals.
For a slightly different vibe/aesthetic - UK’s biggest cross-celebration of music, street art, skate and BMX,. NASS takes place from 7-10 July 2022 at the Bath and West Showground just around Bristol. Lasting across four days, NASS is headlined this year by Headie One, Loyle Carner and, fresh from his Glastonbury set, AJ Tracey.
BST Hyde Park
This very established, consistent set of day festivals on the site of Hyde Park has a long-standing reputation with the very strongest superstars; past concerts have seen Carole King and Roger Waters play in a lineup of Phil Collins and The Killers. This weekend coming – The Rolling Stones return for a second of two nights alongside a sold-out double bill of Adele. Duran Duran and US rockers Pearl Jam also headline on what is said to be another strong year for BST.
All Points East
Seen as the hipster/indie festival of choice for the UK music scene, and often a lineup rival to Primavera Barcelona (which usually attracts the same festival goers) – this festival on Victoria Park in August has a typically indie strong-arm lineup of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds alongside The National and Tame Impala. The lineups are stacked with up-and-coming talent and APE has established itself as one of the go-to festivals of the circuit.
Every year this festival set in the deep hits it out of the park with a strong, on-brand lineup and this year the mighty Kraftwerk are headlining alongside Michael Kiwanuka and Beach House. Green Man has a beloved, devoted following and has just announced that it will be staging musical acts for the Thursday as well! Tickets usually sell out very quickly!
The scientific, intellectual festival focuses as much on talks and lectures as the brilliant music lineup and has managed to attract some serious headliner quality year-on-year. Situated at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire - Bjork headlines alongside Groove Armada and Mogwai, with comedians Stewart Lee and other talent featuring amongst a host of literature and panel discussions.
Often derided as a festival for Guardian readers (even more than Glastonbury), Latitude has penetrated the mainstream stealthily and has always done its own thing in terms of lineup, aesthetic and vibe. The Suffolk countryside festival is often seen as a training ground for future-Glasto headliners, so it’s no surprise that Foals, Lewis Capaldi and Snow Patrol top the bill. The BBC Sounds stage had an interesting up-and-coming lineup ranging from Self Esteem to Phoebe Bridgers and Fontaines D.C.
A series of curated, London based concerts as opposed to a single site festival, Pitchfork has just announced its second year in London and is a delicious blend of a full range of the alternative music scene. “Pitchfork brought a delightful mix of very on-pulse acts blended with some faithful heavy hitters, lovingly curated and spreading itself delicately across the city added to its diverse identity.” - that’s how we reviewed the 2021 edition; the 2022 boasts Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon and Faye Webster amongst a busy lineup.
Boardmasters isn’t intimidated by its Glastonbury local rival, and combines the delights of the Newquay beach/coastline and surf paradise with a fantastic blend of strong heavyweight music acts and all the latest emerging acts. Despite the pandemic, the August fest managed to pull off a stunning return in 2021 with Foals, Jorja Smith and Gorillaz headlining - and this year sees the mighty Kings Of Leon face up alongside George Ezra, IDLES and Disclosure. A huge favourite of the South West of England, Boardmasters gives a holiday festival feel with a gorgeous backdrop.
video of the day
chatting to eFestivals on the eve of APE 2022