Festivals! From all-nighters to family-friendly fun via considered, thought provoking weekends, we pick out the best experiences in the North.
For some, probably (but not exclusively) younger readers, summer is synonymous with late nights enjoying music in what’s usually a farmers field, possibly even rubbing elbows with strangers in an increasingly boggy dance tent until dawn, then repeating it all over again the next day.
For others, that just sounds too exhausting to even think about. While we fully endorse party-sized weekends that require their own holiday from which to recover, it’s not for everyone.
The brighter months are also about family experiences and the sort of pop-up, weekend-long events that you can get good and lost in together.
Scanning the festival calendar for the cream of the crop, we’ve selected our top picks for summer 2022. From hedonistic weekends of underground music to immersive family festivals, we’ve got all bases covered.
Here’s our guide to the best Summer Festivals taking place in a field or on the streets near you.
Here are our picks
After two years without Bluedot, the 2022 instalment was always going to go down as a special one, but the star-scanning, genre-hopping lineup lays to rest any doubts that this year’s festival is going to be the biggest ever.
Manchester Craft Beer Festival returns this July with a world-class selection of craft beer from over 50 breweries – some local, some international – alongside big-name DJ acts and a great line-up of restaurants.
Expect everything from community feasts, vintage markets, water sports, live music and performance, right across MediaCity and Salford Quays this September. A new free festival for everyone.