UK festivals 2023: Music events and line-ups confirmed for next summer, from Download to Camp Bestival

Wide Awake is one of the first festivals to confirm names for its 2023 line-up  (Luke Dyson)
Wide Awake is one of the first festivals to confirm names for its 2023 line-up (Luke Dyson)

First, the bad news: festival season is over for 2022. But there’s good news too: plans to do it all again in 2023 are well underway.

With the sounds of summer still ringing in our ears, thoughts immediately turn to next year, and many of the UK’s biggest and best music festivals have already locked in their dates.

Only a handful of 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.

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, c2c-countrytocountry.com

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, greatescapefestival.com

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?

Headliners: Primal Scream, Interpol, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, Gary Newman, Echo and the Bunnymen

First line-up announcement includes Viagra Boys, Yard Act, The Lovely Eggs, The Undertones, Beans on Toast and many more names to be announced.

Tickets: from £187.25, beardedtheory.co.uk

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, wideawakelondon.co.uk

City Splash

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

Where? Brockwell Park, London

When? May 28

Who’s playing? TBC

Tickets: from £29.50, city-splash.com

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 and more to be announced.

Tickets: Various prices, bst-hydepark.com

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? TBC

Tickets: from £220, creamfieldschelmsford.com

Primavera (Barcelona)

So, this technically isn’t a UK festival, but with such huge London presence at this five-day weekender, we simply had to include it.

Primavera has established itself as the home away from home for festival goers in the UK over the past few years, and the line-ups have been getting bigger and bigger through time, with capacity at the site growing to almost 100,000.

Where?: Barcelona, Spain

When?: May 31 – June 4

Who’s on the line up?:

Headliners: Wednesday, Pet Shop Boys, Thursday: Blur, Halsey, Friday: Kendrick Lamar, Depeche Mode, Saturday: Rosalia, Calvin Harris, Sunday: Camelphat, Diplo

Plus massive acts including Jake Bugg, Central Cee, Loyle Carner, Pusha T, Baby Keem, Four Tet, Christine and the Queens, Maneskin, FKA Twigs, Charlotte de Witte, Arlo Parks, Jayda G and many more on the full line up.

Tickets: from €325 (approx. £281) for a standard full festival ticket, www.primaverasound.com/en

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?

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, mightyhoopla.com

Mighty Hoopla Big Weekender

And for those who can’t wait until June, Mighty Hoopla is also 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, mightyhoopla.com/bigweekender/

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? June 4

Who’s playing? TBC

Tickets: from £34.50, xthetracks.com

Download

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, downloadfestival.co.uk

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, thecambridgeclub.co

Kite

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? TBC

Tickets: from £TBC, kitefestival.co.uk

Parklife

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? TBC

Tickets: from £TBC, parklife.uk.com

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, isleofwightfestival.com

Strawberries & Creem

In previous years, the festival has covered everything from grime and reggae, to house and drum‘n’bass, to reggae and soca.

Where? Childerley Orchard, Cambridge

When? TBC

Who’s on the line-up? TBC

Tickets: £TBC, strawberriesandcreem.com

Glastonbury

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? TBC

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

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? TBC

Tickets: £TBC, eldoradofestival.com

Wireless

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? TBC

Tickets: £TBC, wirelessfestival.co.uk

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? TBC

Tickets: from £TBC, lovesupremefestival.com

TRNSMT

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? TBC

Tickets: from £TBC, trnsmtfest.com

Bluedot

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

Where? Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire

When? July 20-23

Who’s on the line-up? TBC

Tickets: from £204.75, discoverthebluedot.com

Standon Calling

After returning for its 16th edition in 2022, this crowd-pleasing festival 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? TBC

Tickets: £TBC, standon-calling.com

Latitude

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? TBC

Tickets: £TBC, latitudefestival.com

Tramlines

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? TBC

Tickets: from £140, tramlines.org.uk

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? TBC

Tickets: from £165, kendalcalling.co.uk

WOMAD

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? TBC

Tickets: £TBC, womad.co.uk

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? Craig David, The Kooks, Mel C, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Confidence Man

Tickets: from £205 (Dorset), from £183 (Shropshire), campbestival.net

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, ynotfestival.com

Boardmasters

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 MachineLittle Simz

The first wave has already included some huge names to be excited about including Little Simz, Example, Four Tet, Paul Woolford B2B Danny Howard and Dimension. Fans can expect to hear more artists announced in the next weeks and months.

Tickets: from £179,boardmasters.com

Boomtown

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, boomtownfair.co.uk

All Points East

Where? Victoria Park, London

When? August 18

Who’s playing? While the full line-up is yet to be released, we do know that 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.”

Tickets: TBC, allpointseastfestival.com/

We Are FSTVL

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? TBC

Tickets: from £150, wearefstvl.com

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? TBC

Tickets: sold out, greenman.net

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? TBC

Tickets: from £259, readingfestival.com / leedsfestival.com

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, creamfields.com

Victorious

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? TBC

Tickets: from £165, victoriousfestival.co.uk

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, easternelectrics.com

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? TBC

Tickets: £TBC, maiden-voyage.co.uk

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? August 31-September 3

Where? Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire

Who’s playing? TBC

Tickets: from £235, endoftheroadfestival.com