UK festivals 2023: Music events and line-ups confirmed for next summer


ith the sounds of jingle bells still ringing in our ears, thoughts immediately turn to sunnier days, and many of the UK’s biggest and best music festivals have already locked in their dates.

Not all artists have been announced for line-ups so far, but more are sure to follow in the coming weeks and months. We’ll keep this guide updated as they arrive.

For now though, take a look at the festivals confirmed for 2023, many of which already have their tickets on sale. A good number of festivals are also offering early bird tickets at a discount, so buy early if you can.

Mighty Hoopla Big Weekender

For those who can’t wait until June, Mighty Hoopla is running a big weekender in January – and tickets are already nearly sold out.

Where? Butlin’s Bognor Regis

When? January 27-30

Who’s playing? Melanie C, Belinda Carlisle, House Gospel Choir, Horse Meat Disco, Corona, Liberty X, Booty Luv, Five, The Honeyz, The 411, 90’s Rave Up, Alex Party, Rozalla, N-Trance, Sink The Pink, Charity Shop Sue, Big Gay Songbook, Michelle McManus, Bongo’s Bingo, Cheddar Gorgeous, End Of The World Party, Guilty Pleasures, Haus of Dons and more.

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £179 including rooms,

Country to Country

Europe’s biggest celebration of country music returns to the O2 with some of the biggest names in the genre from both sides of the Atlantic, spread across three venues in the UK and Ireland.

Where? The O2, London / 3Arena, Dublin / The OVO Hydro, Glasgow

When? March 10-12

Who’s on the line-up? TBC

Tickets: £TBC,

Terminal V

One of the most popular techno festivals in the country, revellers descend from far and wide to Edinburgh for a line up of the biggest names in dance music, for two days of dancing and stunning light displays.

When? April 8-9

Where? Royal Highland Centre + Showground, Edinburgh

Who’s playing? Alan Fitzpatrick, Amelie Lens, Boys Noize, Charlotte De Witte, Dan Shake, Eli Brown, Enrico Sangiuliano, Folamour, I Hate Models, Kettama, Rebuke and many more artists to be announced.

Tickets: £TBC

The Great Escape

The place to go to catch a glimpse of the most exciting up-and-comers, spread across various venues on the south coast.

The Great Escape Festival 2023’s Spotlight Show will also take place over the same weekend at Brighton Done Concert Hall, with acts including Arlo Parks and Maisie Peters.

Where? Brighton, East Sussex,

When? May 10-13

Who’s on the line-up? TBC

Tickets: from £85,

Bearded Theory

A family-orientated festival, but with a multi-genre line-up certain to keep the adults enthralled.

Where? Catton Hall, Derbyshire

When? May 25-28

Who’s on the line-up? Interpol, Primal Scream, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, Echo and The Bunnymen, Viagra Boys and many more acts to be announced.

Tickets: from £187.25,

Project 6

Aimed at lovers of all things drum & bass, this new festival, headed by Outlook Festival and Undivided, showcases the movers and shakers in D&B and jungle as well as wider genres.

Where? Brockwell Park, London

When? May 26

Who’s on the line-up? Ama, Calibre, D Double E, Darwin, Dexta, Dillinja, Diverge, DJ Flight, DJ Hype, DJ Perception, Fabio & Grooverider And The Outlook Orchestra, Flowdan, Ghetts, Goldie, Kessler, Oneman, P Money, Phase, Pip Millett, SHY FX: SPECIALS, Sicaria, Sir Spyro, and many more acts announced.

Tickets: from £40,

Wide Awake

A relatively new festival that made its debut on the London festival scene in 2021, this festival returns with a line-up blend of cutting-edge sounds from psych-rock to classical minimalism.

Where? Brockwell Park, London

When? May 27

Who’s playing? Arooj Aftab, Osees, Gilla Band, Sunset Rollercoasters, Ty Segall and more.

Tickets: from £39.50,

City Splash

Dedicated to reggae, afrobeats and dancehall, this Brixton festival returns for its third edition.

Where? Brockwell Park, London

When? May 29

Who’s playing? Headliners:Chronixx, Koffee, Shenseea, Skillibeng

Plus acts including Ayra Starr, Big Zeeks, Channel One Max Romeo, Donae’o, Lutan Fyah, Jah Youth and many more acts TBA.

Tickets: from £29.50,

BST Hyde Park

Always nailed on for the big names, this concert series runs more like a series of mini day festivals, with a headline act and a whole host of support acts.

Where? Hyde Park, London

When? Various dates, July

Who’s playing? Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Gwen Stefani, P!nk, Take That and more to be announced.

Tickets: Various prices,

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend

BBC’s flagship festival moves to a different location every year, showcasing some of the biggest names in music every year. The festival heads to Dundee this year with huge acts already announced.

Where? Camperdown Park, Dundee

When? May 26-28

Who’s on the line-up? The 1975, Lewis Capaldi, Niall Horan, RAYE, Anne-Marie, Arlo Parks and many more to be announced

Tickets: £TBC

Creamfields South

A new, 50,000-capacity sister event to the big-hitting dance music festival up north, Creamfields South returns for its second edition.

Where? Hylands Park, Chelmsford

When? May 26-28

Who’s playing? Andy C Annie Mac, Becky Hill, Calvin Harris, Camelphat, Carl Cox, Chase and Status, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, Jamie Jones, Kölsch, LF System, MK, Nina Kraviz, Patrick Topping, Sonny Fodera, Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto and many more artists to be announced.

Tickets: from £220,

Love Saves The Day

Bristol’s two-day festival is a perfect event to spice up the May bank holiday weekend. With world-famous acts including Bicep, Kurupt FM and Chase and Status having graced the stage previously, fans can expect a stellar line up to ring in the start of summer.

Where? Ashton Court Estate, Bristol

When? May 27-28

Whos playing? Headliners: Fatboy Slim, Years and Years and Andy C

Plus big names including Nia Archives, Kelis, Four Tet, Sub Focus b2b Dimension, Shy Fx w/ Dynamite, LF System, Eats Everything, Folamour, Kettama, SG Lewis, Hybrid Minds + Tempza, Koven, Eliza Rose and more names announced.

Tickets: Day tickets from £54.94, weekend tickets from £88.24,

Mighty Hoopla

The LGBTQ-friendly festival always has one of the best vibes in London with a line-up that never takes itself too seriously.

Where? Brockwell Park, London

When? June 3-4

Who’s playing? TBA

Saturday: Kelly Rowland, Aqua, Kelis, Natasha Beddingfield, Rachel Stevens, Beverley Knight, 911, Jamelia, Jayde Adams, Samatha Mumba, Soul II Soul, plus more TBC.

Sunday: Years & Years, Confidence Man, Dagny, Jake Shears, Rachel Stevens, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Shola Ama, Snap!, Vengaboys, plus more TBC.

Tickets: from £69.50,

Cross The Tracks

Taking us on a journey through jazz, soul, funk and beyond, the line-up here usually consists of legacy favourites and newer acts.

Where? Brockwell Park, London

When? May 28

Who’s playing? NX Worries (Anderson.Paak & Knxwlegde), Masego, Kelis, Alfa Mist, Giles Peterson, Roy Ayers farewell tour, Ravyn Lenae and many more acts TBA.

Tickets: from £34.50,


The UK’s biggest festival for all things head-banging will return to the fields of Donington Park for its 20th anniversary.

Where? Donington Park, Derby

When? June 8-11

Who’s on the line-up?

Headliners: Thursday: Metallica, Friday: Bring Me The Horizon, Saturday: Metallica and Sunday: Slipknot.

Plus as many as 60 artists have now been announced, though which day they will play is still to be confirmed. These artists include: Evanescence, Parkway Drive, Disturbed, Pendulum, Asking Alexandria, Beauty School Dropout, Behemoth, Nova Twins and Set It Off.

Tickets: from £310, general tickets will go on sale online at 10am on November 10,

Cambridge Club

Make sure you bring along your dancing shoes to this festival, which gathers big names from across disco, soul, pop, funk and beyond.

Where? Childerley Orchard, Cambridge

When? June 9-11

Who’s on the line-up? Grace Jones, Lionel Richie, Kool & The Gang headlining, plus Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Billie Ocean, Lemar, Ed Byrne and many more

Tickets: Adult day tickets from £56.25, teens (13-17 year olds) from £30.95, junior (5-12 year olds) from £14.10,


A new festival that made its inaugural appearance in 2022, it aims to be a blend of “music and ideas”, with musicians, comedians, artists, writers, activists and thinkers.

Where? Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire

When? June 9-11

Who’s on the line-up? Hot Chip, Suede, Pretenders, Candi Staton, Ezra Collective, Django Django, Sofia Kourtesis, Prima Queen and many more acts to be announced.

Tickets: from £154,


Manchester’s biggest festival is firmly one of the UK’s most prominent music events, too, with a starry line-up largely geared towards rap and pop, but with a fair bit of variation.

Where? Heaton Park, Manchester

When? June 10-11

Who’s on the line-up? Headliners: The 1975, Aitch, The Prodigy, Little Simz, Fred again.., Wu-Tang Clan and Nas: NY State Of Mind

Plus huge acts including NxWorries (Anderson Paak. & Knxwledge), Skrillex, Becky Hill, Raye, Peggy Gou, Michael Bibi b2b Jamie Jones, Rudimental (Live), Self Esteem, Chase & Status (DJ), Confidence Man, FLO, Carl Cox,, Jon Hopkins, Nia Archives, Andy C, Annie Mac, Eliza Rose, LF System, Honey Dijon, Knucks, Shygirl, Mall Grab, DJ EZ, The Blessed Madonna, Charlotte De Witte, Mimi Webb, Meekz, Hybrid Minds, and many more acts announced on the line-up.

Tickets: from £TBC,

Isle of Wight

Always among the first major festivals of the season, with a line-up of chart-toppers and legacy favourites.

Where? Newport, Isle of Wight

When? June 15-18

Who’s playing? Friday Main Stage: Pulp, The Courteeners, OneRepublic, Sugababes, Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Saturday Main Stage: George Ezra, The Chemical Brothers, N-Dubz, Anne-Marie, Sam Ryder, Gabrielle, Scouting for Girls

Sunday Main Stage: Robbie Williams, Blondie, Niall Horan, James Bay, Mika, Ella Henderson

Tickets: Pre-sale tickets for Three and Barclaycard customers are currently on sale, with pre-sale Barclaycard day tickets from £99. General admission tickets TBC,


Glastonbury tickets went on sale on November 6, and as always they were snapped up with lightning speed. Those lucky enough to secure their spots can look forward to the best festival on the planet.

Where? Worthy Farm, Somerset

When? June 21-25

Who’s on the line-up? Headliners: Arctic Monkeys, Guns N Roses, Elton John

Plus huge names including Lizzo, Aitch, Alt-J, Becky Hill, Blondie, Central Cee, Carly Rae Jepsen, Fred again..,, Fatboy Slim, Lana Del Rey, Kelis, Loyle Carner, Maggie Rodgers, Maneskin, Nova Twins, Rina Sawayama, slowthai and many more artists announced.

Tickets: £335 + £5 booking fee (including a £50 deposit), pre-registration required,

Back 2 Festival

The UK’s favourite nostalgic festival is back again for its seventh year running, and as ever you can expect to be taken on a throwback journey to see some of the biggest artists of the past few years, with a fan-favourite line up curated for the lovers of all things Noughties.

Where? Catton Hall & Park, Walton-on-Trent

When? June 29 – July 1

Who’s on the line-up? Headliners: Example, Boyzlife, Basshunter, Blue

Plus acts including Cascada, The Hoosiers, Dodgy, Martin Kemp, 80s DJ Set, Showhawk Duo, Phats & Small, DJ Sammy, Ultrabeat, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Gareth Gates, Livin’ Joy and many more acts announced.

Tickets: from £


AVA has quickly become one of the standouts of the festival season, returning for its eighth edition at Belfast’s iconic Titanic Slipways. The festival showcases leading artists in the music scene as well as emerging Irish talent.

Where? Titanic Slipways, Belfast

When? July 2-3

Who’s on the line-up? Central Cee, Slowthai, Kettama, Overmono, Eliza Rose, Hector Oaks, SPFDJ, Job Jobse, KI/KI, Kojaque, Sally C and many more artists to be announced.

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £95,

El Dorado

The music policy is broad here – everything from rap to funk to drum‘n’bass. The dates have shifted one week later than usual.

Where? TBC

When? July 6-9

Who’s on the line-up? KC and The Sunshine Band, Sampa The Great, Folamour, Shy FX, Maverick Sabre, Vengaboys, Crazy P, Ellie Ingham, Denis Sulta, HAAI, Mall Grab, Conducta, Bondax, Dan Shake, Goldie and many more acts to be announced.

Tickets: from £245,


Originally a skate festival at heart, this four-day festival has expanded from BMX bikes to main stage lights, showcasing the biggest names in hip-hop, dance, rock and more.

Where? Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet

When? July 6-9

Who’s on the line-up? Chase & Status, Wu Tang Clan and Little Simz

Plus Debbie, Easy Life, Finn Foxell, Pip Millett, Shy FX and more acts to be announced.

Tickets: Full price tickets from £160,


Wireless expanded to three weekends in 2022, with two events in London and one in Birmingham, but in 2023 it’ll go back to the traditional Finsbury Park weekender.

Where? Finsbury Park, London

When? July 7-9

Who’s on the line-up? Headliners: Playboy Carti, Travis Scott, D-Block Europe, 50 Cent

Plus huge acts including Lil Uzi Vert, Metro Boomin, Headie One, Bryson Tiller, JoeyBada$$, FLO, Lil Durk, Popcaan, Lil Tjay, GloRilla, Kenny Allstar and more to be announced.

Tickets: Day tickets from £80, full weekend tickets from £230,

Love Supreme

An ode to jazz, with a healthy lot of soul, funk and more. Expect a mix of genre icons and new innovators on the line-up.

Where? Glynde Place, East Sussex

When? June 30-July 2

Who’s playing? Little Simz and Grace Jones are both headlining the festival, with Thundercat, Emeli Sandé, Gabriels and Candi Station also topping the ticket.

But that’s only the beginning, with a line-up that includes Danny Krivit, Adi Oasis, The Cavemen, Shai Maestro, Immanuel Wilkins, Yaya Bey, Marcus Miller, Yussef Dayes, Shalamar, Mulatu Astatke, Tower of Power, Greentea Peng and Courtney Pine.

Tickets: Adult standard weekend camping tickets (third tier) cost £179.30, where adult weekend no camping tickets cost £165. Standard day tickets from £69.30.


This Glasgow festival is always one of the liveliest music events north of the border, with a guitar-heavy line-up.

Where? Glasgow, Scotland

When? July 7-9

Who’s on the line-up? Friday: Pulp, George Ezra, Niall Horan, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

Saturday: Sam Fender, Kasabian, Aitch, Maisie Peters, Brooke Combe,

Sunday: The 1975, Royal Blood, Becky Hill, The Kooks, Ashnikko, Jamie Webster

Plus many more acts to be announced.

Tickets: Weekend tickets from £182,


Not many festivals can claim to be held upon a UNESCO World Heritage site, but that’s the case at this festival, which mixes music, science and wider culture.

Where? Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire

When? July 20-23

Who’s on the line-up? Grace Jones, Roisin Murphy, Leftfield, Max Ritcher, Annie Mac, Black Country New Road, Max Cooper and many more artists to be announced.

Tickets: from £204.75,

Standon Calling

After returning for its sixteenth edition in 2022, this crowd-pleasing festival is back for all the family, with what will surely be a wide-ranging line-up and plenty to keep the kids entertained too.

Where? Standon, Hertfordshire

When? July 20-23

Who’s playing? Headliners: Years & Years, Self Esteem, Bloc Party, The Human League

Plus acts including Anastacia, Confidence Man, Dylan, Squid, Katy B, Faithless, LF System, Groove Armada, KT Tunstall, Melanie C and many more acts to be announced.

Tickets: from £195,


This idyllic countryside retreat prides itself on being more than just a music festival — previous editions have brought in everything from comedy to stand-up paddleboarding.

Where? Henham Park, Suffolk

When? July 20-23

Who’s on the line-up? Pulp, Paolo Nutini, George Ezra, The Kooks, Metronomy, The Proclaimers, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and many more acts to be announced.

Tickets: from £286.45

Junction 2

The popular London festival is back for the first time in four years, following the pandemic and strikes that meant last year’s instalment had to be cancelled. The two-day extravaganza, run by dance promoters LWE, returns to its spiritual home of Boston Manor Park, and with an array of big name DJs, dancers are ready to get back under the bridge again.

Where? Boston Manor Park, London

When? July 21-22

Who’s playing? Underworld, Jeff Mills, Nina Kraviz, Cirez D (Eric Prdyz), Adam Beyer, Ben UFO, Mall Grab, Charlotte de Witte, Daphni, Helena Hauff, Hunee, Or:la, Enzo Siragusa, Hessle Audio Trio, Midland plus many more

Tickets: Day tickets from £65, weekend tickets from £143


Sheffield’s biggest city-based music festival is always a popular one, thanks both to its stacked line-ups and decent value tickets.

Where? Hillsborough Park, Sheffield

When? July 21-23

Who’s playing? Sam Fender, Kasabian, Madness, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Sigrid, Becky Hill, The Vaccines, The Wombats, Self Esteem, Kelis, Scouting For Girls, Sam Ryder, Orla Gartland and many more acts to be announced.

Line up also benefits from some big name comedy acts, when you’re up for a laugh, including Seann Walsh, Russell Kane, Jason Manford and more.

Tickets: from £140,

Kendal Calling

This Lake District favourite returns with what’s expected to be its typical mix of crowd-pleasing headliners.

Where? Lowther Deer Park, Lake District

When? July 27-30

Who’s playing? Headliners: Kasabian, Royal Blood, Blossoms, Nile Rogers & CHIC

Plus huge acts including Kaiser Chiefs, Rick Astley, The Lathums, Example, Frank Turner, Confidence Man, Circa Waves, Happy Mondays, Mel C, KT Tunstall, Scouting for Girls, We Are Scientists and many more artists to be announced.

Tickets: from £165,


A festival that prides itself on an international line-up, and all the vibrancy that such a thing brings with it.

Where? Charlton Park, Wiltshire

When? July 27-30

Who’s on the line-up? Femi Kuti, Bombay Bicycle Club,  Mariza, Kate Rubsy, Horace Andy, Mokoomba, Souad Massi, Susana Baca, The Comet Is Coming and more

Tickets: from £260,

Camp Bestival

One for the family-sized festival-goers, this one caters to all ages with a programme of events to keep the kids occupied, as well as the adults. A new sister event launched in 2022 to run in Shropshire, in addition to the existing Dorset festival, with the same arrangement in 2023.

Where? Lulworth Castle, Dorset/Weston Park, Shropshire

When? July 27-30 (Dorset), August 17-20 (Shropshire)

Who’s on the line-up? Grace Jones, Craig David, The Kooks, Mel C, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Confidence Man, Ella Henderson, Scouting For Girls and many more acts have been announced.

Tickets: from £205 (Dorset), from £183 (Shropshire),

Y Not

Returning to the bucolic surroundings of the Peak District for its 16th edition, this festival is one of the fans of bands with guitars.

Where? Pikehall, Derbyshire

When? July 28-30, 2022

Who’s on the line-up? TBC

Tickets: from £119.50,

51st Festival

A one day festival celebrating the best in dance music, from from classic acts and emerging artists

Where? Copthall Playing Fields, London

When? August 5

Who’s on the line up? Kings of House NYC, Body & Soul, Dimitri from Paris, Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Roy Ayers, Norman Jay, Todd Edwards, Grant Nelson, Heartless Crew, Majestic and many more.

Tickets: from £39.98,


Beginning its days as a UK surfers competition, this Newquay-based five-day beach bash has become one of the hottest tickets of the festival season.

Where? Newquay, Cornwall

When? August 9-13

Who’s playing? Saturday headliner: Liam Gallagher, Sunday: Florence & the Machine

The first wave has already included some huge names to be excited about including Little Simz, Example, Four Tet, Paul Woolford, Danny Howard and Dimension. Fans can expect to hear more artists announced in the next weeks and months.

Tickets: from £179,

We Out Here

We Out Here is broadcaster Gilles Peterson’s award-winning weekender, which is perhaps why the festival’s music is always so good. With a packed roster of live music acts as well as club DJs, plus a programme of family friendly and wellness activities, the 2023 edition of this festival, in its new Dorset location, is set to be a real bobby dazzler.

Where? Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset

When? August 10-14

Who’s playing? Ezra Collective, Knucks, Nia Archives, Róisín Murphy, Black Star, Sun Ra Arkestra, Cymande, Galliano and Meshell Ndegeocello are topping the bill, alongside DJ acts including Marcellus Pittman, Mr Scruff, Omar-S and Horse Meat Disco.

Tickets: The website is currently under construction, but tickets are available to buy from £210,


Tickets are already running low for this five-day extravanganza, which is always one of the more surreal festivals in the calendar, so be sure to snap them up soon.

Where? Winchester, Hampshire

When? August 9-13

Who’s playing? TBC

Tickets: from £270,

Field Day

This one day event has fast become a favourite of dance music fans, with some of the world’s biggest DJs playing at the East London spot.

Where? Victoria Park, London

When? August 19

Who’s on the line-up? Bonobo and Aphex Twin will be headlining. The line up, which hasn’t yet been fully announced, so far includes Arca, Fever Ray, Kelela, Actress, LSDXOXO, SBTRKT and Moderat.

Tickets: TBC

Hospitality In The Woods

The world renowned drum & bass events brand comes to London for one day, following its Croatian venture in July.

Where? Beckenham Place Park, London

When? August 19

Who’s on the line-up? Netsky, High Contrast, A.M.C Calibre, Roni Size, DJ Marky, Camo & Krooked, Goddard, LTJ Bukem, Metrik and many more acts announced.

Tickets: from £44.25,

All Points East

Spreading across two weekends, All Points East takes over Victoria Park in east London, with some of the biggest names in music across multiple genres.

Where? Victoria Park, London

When? August 19-28

Who’s playing? Headliners: Stormzy, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Aphex Twin, Bonobo

Stormzy will be headlining the festival. He announced on Twitter, “This is my only UK show next year. We’re taking over Victoria Park for a special day full of incredible artists and music and vibes.”

New York indie rockers The Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs will also be headlining the second weekend of the festival, with stellar support from Girl In Red, Amyl and The Sniffers, Angel Olsen and Black Midi, with more acts to be announced.

Tickets: TBC,

Green Man

A real gem of a festival, whose line-up spans multiple genres and whose programme covers everything from comedy to science. And, as a testament to its quality, 2023 tickets have already sold out.

Where? Brecon Beacons, Wales

When? August 17-20

Who’s on the line-up? First Aid Kit, Devo, Spiritualized, Amyl and the Sniffers, Slowdive, The Walkmen, Young Fathers, Confidence Man, Goat, The Comet Is Coming, Snail Mail, Sudan Archives and many more acts to be announced.

Tickets: sold out,

Lost Village

This deep woodland expedition is one of the weird and wonderful gems of the festival season, combining breathtaking stage designs and unmissable acts to take its villagers on a four-day journey into the unknown.

Where? Norton Disney, Lincolnshire

When? August 24-27

Who’s playing? Ben Böhmer, Ben UFO, The Blessed Madonna, BONOBO, Dixon, DJ Seinfeld, Four Ten, Gerd Janson, Giles Peterson, HE.SHE.THEY, Honey Dijon, Jayda G, Joy Orbison, JYOTY, Nia Archives, Peggy Gou and many more acts to be announced.

Tickets: £TBC


One of London’s biggest dance music festivals, always with a reliably huge line-up of global DJs, makes plans for its 10th birthday.

Where? Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster

When? August 25-27

Who’s on the line-up? Amelie Lens, Andy C, Annie Mac, Apollina, DJ Seinfeld, Eats Everything, Enzo Siragusa, Example, Honey Dijon, I Hate Models, LF System, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Michael Bibi, Seth Troxler, Skream and many more acts announced.

Tickets: from £150,

Reading and Leeds

A rite of passage for British festival-goers, these dual-running events are always among the biggest on the UK calendar.

Where? Reading, Berkshire / Leeds, West Yorkshire

When? August 25-27

Who’s playing? Headliners: Billie Eilish, The Killers, Sam Fender, Foals, Imagine Dragons, Lewis Capaldi

Plus acts including Steve Lacy, Decklan McKenna, Wet Leg, Central Cee, Becky Hill, Lil Tjay, Loyle Carner, BICEP Live, Chase Atlantic, Trippie Redd, Slowthai, Mimi Webb, Bakar, Rina Sawayama, Arlo Parks and many more to be announced.

Tickets: from £259, /

Creamfields North

Always one of the biggest dance music festivals on the calendar, Creamfields is a sure-fire gathering of some of the best-known DJs on the world circuit. It turned 25 in 2022.

Where? Daresbury, Cheshire

When? August 24-27

Who’s on the line-up? TBC

Tickets: from £250,

Manchester Pride Festival

Winner of 2022’s Best Large Festival at the UK Festival Awards, and one of the longest running pride events in the UK, Manchester Pride Festival brings their “party as protest” ethos to the centrefold, with some of the biggest names in music flocking to the city for the weekend. Even with the star power they attract (yes, Ariana Grande headlined!), the core message of equality is never lost.

Where? Manchester, Greater Manchester

When? August 25-28

Who’s playing? TBC

Tickets: £TBC


Down on the south coast, this Portsmouth festival always draws in some big names, covering rock, Britpop, indie rock, and more.

When? August 25-27

Where? Southsea, Portsmouth

Who’s on the line-up? Headliners: Kasabian, Jamiroquai

Plus huge names including Ben Howard, Alt-J, Pete Tong Ibiza Classics, Ellie Goulding, Friendly Fires, Blossoms, Sigrid, The Vaccines, The Coral, Dylan, Katy B, Inspiral Carpet Crawlers and many more acts to be announced.

Tickets: from £165,

Eastern Electrics

This dance music festival moved up to Lee Valley Showground for its 2022 edition, bringing some floor-filling DJs with it.

When? August 26

Where? TBC

Who’s on the line-up? TBC

Tickets: £TBC,

Maiden Voyage

A relatively new arrival on the London scene, this one is run by the same people who helm the Jazz Cafe in Camden. The venue’s focused eclecticism is matched on the festival’s line-up.

When? August 27

Where? TBC

Who’s playing? DJ Boring, DJ EZ, Moxie, Nicola Cruz, Richie Hawtin, Sainté, DJ Sprinkles and many more acts to be announced.

Tickets: £TBC,

End of the Road

Another multi-disciplinary delight spanning the spectrum of music, comedy, literature, film and beyond, expect an exciting, discerning line-up.

When? September 1-4

Where? Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire

Who’s playing? King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Future Islands, Wilco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Angel Olsen, Exra Furman, Arooj Aftab, Greentea Peng, Overmono and many more artists to be announced.

Tickets: from £235, UK festivals 2023: Music events and line-ups confirmed for next summer

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