With the world now seemingly open for business in the worlds of events and festivals, we highlight some of the very best festivals across the UK and Europe to attend this Summer. We’ve rounded out festivals of all sizes, some more known than others but most importantly all presenting great value for festival attendees.
Dates: 7th April, 2022
Location: Winter Gardens, Eastbourne
The Eastbourne Reggae Carnival is set to shake up Winter Gardens this Spring on 17th April 2022, with one of the heaviest reggae line-ups around. Needing no introduction, we welcome the mighty 9-piece dub band Gentleman’s Dub Club along with reggae and dancehall giant and champion soundboy David Rodigan, spinning the latest cutting-edge dubs. Legendary reggae group Aswad, known for injecting soulful and R&B influences into the mix are joined by the ragga veteran, General Levy. One word – incredible – this carnival will blow you out of the water!
Lineup: David Rodigan, Aswad, General Levy & more
Les Plages Electroniques
Date: 5th – 6th August 2022
Location: Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
On August 5th, 6th and 7th 2022, the gorgeous city of Cannes in the South of France will once again welcome the much anticipated return of Plages Électroniques. This time, it comes in a new format with a renewed visual identity and program makeover that features the cream of the French and international scene from the worlds of electronic music, rap and pop, with up to 60,000 people expected over the three days. The likes of David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Folamour, Kungs, Bon Entendeur, Vladimir Cauchemar, Monolink, Oboy, Lala & CE and more are all set to play a range of beautiful stages on the beach, the sea and more.
Lineup: David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Bon Entendeur, Folamour, KAS:ST, Kungs, Monolink, Reinier Zonneveld & more
Date: 20th- 22nd May, 2022
Location: Messe Luzern, Switzerland
Verve is a brand new and historic techno festival coming to Lucerne’s Allmend/Messe 1 arena in Switzerland. From May 20th – 22nd it promises something new and supersized for the city, with cutting edge artists in an innovative indoor space.
Lineup: Ben Klock, Lilly Palmer, Innellea, Joris Voorn, Oliver Huntemann, Denis Horvat, Miss Monique, Pig&Dan, Animal Trainer & more
Date: June 1st – June 6th
Location: Rana e Hedhun, Albania
85 artists. Three stages. 24 hours of non stop music. Welcome to Unum Festival, a cultured gathering in a secret and untapped corner of Europe, nestled between pine forests, sun kissed beaches and mountainous backdrops. Last year it was the first proper underground event to go ahead post-Covid and today it announces its much anticipated 2022 edition lasts almost two days longer than previous editions.
Lineup: Anthea, Digby, Dyed Soundorom, John Dimas, Molly, Praslea, Priku, Raresh, Ricardo Villalobos, Shonky, Sonya Moonear, tINI, Traumer & more
In It Together 2022
Date: 3rd-5th June 2022
Location: Margam, Wales, UK
This game-changing event comes from festival juggernauts Escape Records, who are experts in their field with many years of experience as well as some of Wales’ biggest and best festivals behind them. Set across 8 stages of diverse music, In It Together is a festival for everyone, young and old, no matter the race, gender or sexuality, with luxury camping options, a dedicated campsite for 16-17-year-olds, a separate quieter campsite for those who want to relax, as well as a louder campsite for the real party animals.
Lineup: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Two Door Cinema Club, Clean Bandit (Live), The Vaccines, The Editors, Tinie Tempah, Roger Sanchez, Dan Shake, Armand Van Helden, Todd Terry & More
The One In The Woods
Date: 3rd-4th June 2022
Location: Liverpool, UK
2021 was the debut for Liverpool’s community-minded The One In The Woods, but it set a dizzyingly high standard with next level production, sound and a warm, friendly and up for it crowd. It is the work of The One Promotions, an experienced and accomplished group of friends who promoted many events across Liverpool and Manchester. Now they bring together the two cities at this titanic event with four stages covering all aspects of techno and drum and bass in real style.
Lineup: Nastia, Luke Slater, Daria Kolosova, FRAZI.ER, Dax J, Fatima Hajji, Perc, SPFDJ, A.M.C, DJ Hazard, Kings of the Rollers, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Kenny Ken, The Prototypes, Dillinja
Date: 3rd-7th July 2022
Location: Zrce, Pag Island, Croatia
After two years away due to the pandemic, July 3rd to 7th 2022 will see Hideout Festival pull out all the stops to serve up a long-awaited 10th edition of the festival like no other. 12 years after kick-starting the clubbing revolution that has since unfolded on the gorgeous beaches of Croatia, Hideout continues to lead from the front with five fantastic stages of diverse music.
Lineup: Camelphat, Mike Skinner, Sonny Fodera, Andy C, Jamie Jones, Jayda G, Eats Everything, Skream, Sam Divine, HAAi, Horse Meat Disco, Sherelle, Shy FX, TSHA, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Paul Woolford & more.
Date: 7th-10th July 2022
Location: Noseley Hall, Leicester
Noisily returns after two years away from the woods like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the wind of its loyal family driving it forward into a new era. A festival reborn, taking great care to honour its past whilst looking firmly toward a bright and bold future from 7th – 10th July 2022. Joining them for the big return will be a mouthwatering line up that covers a wide range of sound featuring the likes of Eats Everything, a Noisily debut for John Digweed, plus more from Frida Darko, Carbon, OC & Verde, Luis M, Life, Pauli Pocket, Audley, Atlantik, Audio Anonymous, Beth Lydis vs Andreas Henneberg, Ben Coda, Henri Bergmann, Ipcress, James Monro, Lampe, Quivver, Tony Casanova and more.
Lineup: Eats Everything, John Digweed, Frida Darko, Carbon, OC & Verde, Luis M, Life, Pauli Pocket, Audley, Atlantik, Audio Anonymous, Beth Lydis vs Andreas Henneberg, Ben Coda, Henri Bergmann, Ipcress, James Monro, Lampe, Quivver, Tony Casanova and more.
We Are FSTVL
Date: 6th-7th August 2022
Location: London, UK
We Are FSTVL returns to its spiritual home at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, affectionately known as The Airfield of Dreams. Celebrating the very best in House, Urban, Bass, Techno and Drum & Bass, the UK’s biggest independent dance festival aims to make 2022’s edition the best yet.
Lineup: Andy C, Armand Van Helden, The Blessed Madonna, Bru-C, Craig David TS5, Jamie Jones, High Contrast, Marco Carola, Michael Bibi, Rudimental DJ, Shy FX, Sonny Fodera, KSI & more
Date: 21st – 25th August
Location: Zrce Beach, Croatia
The clock is ticking for the much anticipated return of Croatia’s revered underground Sonus Festival. An all-star electronic music show that includes more than 40 international headliners, set to take place across three celebrated open air clubs on Zrce Beach.
Lineup: Adriatique, me, Amelie Lens, Andrea Oliva, Ben Klock, FISHER, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Michael Bibi, Patrick Topping, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Stephan Bodzin live, Sven Väth & more
Location: Whitebottom Farm, Stockport
The much loved, independent, countercultural weekend long fiesta that is Moovin Festival is back: “Once Manchester’s best kept secret, it has now established itself as the place to party over the August Bank holiday weekend .”
You can catch a mix of everything in “The Barn” groovy Funk and Soul from Roy Ayers, Dancehall vibes from Sister Nancy, and The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff who is sure to “moo”ve the crowd with his flawless turntable skills and musical versatility.