At last – music festivals are finally back! Following a raft of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, music fans have been longing for the day when they can once again drag their tents from the loft, dust off their wellies and enjoy their summers watching live music. Thankfully, the best music festivals of 2022 prove that the two-year sabbatical hasn’t dimmed people’s enthusiasm for spending a long weekend with throngs of music-lovers. Whether you’re into indie-rock singalongs or watching the night sky explode with EDM bangers, there’s something for everyone …
Listen to our ‘Summer’ playlist here, and check out our best music festivals of 2022, below.
20: Kew The Music
When: 5-10 July
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London
Hosted in the idyllic Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond, in South London, Kew The Music will be running a week-long festival of outdoor concerts in early July. Starting with Irish songwriting supremo Van Morrison on 5 July, the event’s second night will see James Blunt serenade the faithful with his famous Back To Bedlam hits such as You’re Beautiful and Wisemen.
Also performing throughout the week will be the likes of Pop Idol winner Will Young, pop-soul troubadour James Morrison, rumba royalty The Gipsy Kings, DJ Spoony (who will be performing classical arrangements of UK garage hits), and 80s pop trio Bananarama, who will be joined by Gabrielle and Rebecca Ferguson. With Palm House providing the perfect backdrop, Kew The Music may not be your conventional weekender, but its unique setting makes it a truly unmissable entry among the best music festivals of 2022.