7 festivals in the UK this summer with tickets still available

Festivals were hit hard in 2020, with most, if not all, major events forced to cancel. And while a few did manage to go ahead in 2021, there was still an air of uncertainty. However, now, in 2022, it doesn’t feel quite so risky to look forward to a restriction-free summer, which means festivals are well and truly back and we have a jam-packed schedule to look forward to.

Of course, the Big One, aka Glastonbury, is already sold out, as ticket holders for the cancelled 2020 festival had their tickets automatically rollover. However, there are plenty of other brilliant festivals around the UK that are well worth your money this summer. Here are some of the best that still have tickets available…

UK summer festivals 2022

Latitude

Latitude
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When: 21-24 July

Where: Henham Park, Suffolk

2022 headliners: Lewis Capaldi, Foals, Snow Patrol

What is it: If your heart is set on Glastonbury but you just keep missing out on tickets, Latitude is sort of the next best thing. As family-friendly as a festival can get, Latitude is known for its inclusive and relaxed atmosphere. As well as multiple music stages featuring a range of indie and pop acts, there’s live comedy, theatre, literary readings and activities to get stuck into such as wild swimming, paddle boarding and yoga.

latitudefestival.com

Rewind

Rewind Festival

When: 22-24 July (Scotland), 5-7 August (North), 19-21 August (South)

Where: Scone Palace (Scotland), Capesthorne Hall (North), Henley-on-Thames (South)

2022 headliners: Holly Johnson, The Human League, Wet Wet Wet

What is it: Celebrating the best of the 80s, Rewind Festival pops up in three different locations throughout the summer: Rewind Scotland, Rewind North and Rewind South, with mostly the same (albeit slightly varied) musical line-up, but all are an absolute blast. Another particularly family-friendly affair, there’s also a fun fair and kidzone – and 80s dress up is definitely encouraged.

rewindfestival.com

Wilderness

Wilderness festival

When: 4-7 August

Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

2022 headliners: Underworld, Years & Years, Jungle, Peggy Gou

What is it: You might go to Wilderness festival for the big name indie headliners, but you’ll stay for the myriad alternative performances, activities and workshops on offer. With a definite magical, otherworldly vibe, you’ll find all sorts at Wilderness, from circus skills workshops and lakeside hot tubs to willow weaving and secret off-menu parties.

wildernessfestival.com

Henley Festival

Henley Festival

When: 6-10 July

Where: Henley, Oxfordshire

2022 headliners: The Script, Craig David, Tom Jones, Pete Tong, Katherine Jenkins

What is it: If the scruffy, wellies-and-face glitter vibe isn’t really your thing, you’ll appreciate Henley Festival’s slightly more refined atmosphere. Described as an ‘exclusive boutique black-tie festival’, the five-day event embraces a vibrant musical program of pop, classical, jazz and world music, and art and gastronomy share equal billing with the music.

henley-festival.co.uk

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

When: 28-31 July (Dorset), 18-21 August (Shropshire)

Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset and Weston Park, Shropshire

2022 headliners: Fatboy Slim, Rag’n’Bone Man, Becky Hill, Rudimental, Sister Sledge

What is it: The original Bestival may be defunct, but it’s little sister festival Camp Bestival luckily lives on. There’s lots of family fun to be had at both locations, with a huge amount of activities for children – the family silent disco and farmyard circus always prove to be big hits with all ages.

campbestival.net

Boardmasters

Boardmasters

When: 10-14 August

Where: Newquay, Cornwall

2022 headliners: George Ezra, Disclosure, Kings of Leon

What is it: Perfect for beach bums, Boardmasters combines surfing and music into one big festival. Situated right on famous Fistral Beach, there’s a mix of indie, rock, hip hop and dance music alongside loads of outdoor activities including kayaking, coastal running and, of course, surfing lessons. Surf pros and complete beginners alike will find something to do here, but make sure you catch some of the Open competition to witness the best of UK surfing.

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Love Supreme

Love Supreme

When: 1-3 July

Where: Glynde Place, East Sussex

2022 headliners: Erykah Badu, Gregory Porter, Tom Misch, TLC, Lianne La Havas

What is it: A festival ‘where music comes first’, Love Supreme celebrates all things jazz, with a healthy side helping of soul, funk, blues, reggae and R&B. Big name hitters rub shoulders with up-and-coming artists, and there’s also a wellbeing and yoga area, film screenings and a pop-up record shop from legendary Rough Trade.

lovesupremefestival.com