Muddy’s 2022 festival guide: Surrey & beyond
Are you ready to make some noise?! From family festivals to 80s throwbacks to thumping chart-toppers, these are the festivals you need to know about this summer.
Hampton Court Palace Festival
■ Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court ■ Thurs 9 – Sat 25 June
There’s still time to snaffle last minute tickets to the Hampton Court Palace Festival. Revel in the joy of light summer evenings with a fortnight of concerts in the picturesque setting of Hampton Court. Confirmed artists include Lionel Richie, George Benson, Elbow, Jack Savoretti and Crowded House. Book tickets early as they always sell out. Some already have!
■ Walton-on-Thames Cricket Club ■ Fri 24 – Sat 25 June
Beer, wine, gin and music all in one place… sounds like a good place to be. To get you grooving, Jafuso Blue will bring their funky disco beats on Fri along with guitarist and vocalist Samuel Rex. Saturday’s line-up is yet to be confirmed.
The Big Feasty
■ Apps Court Farm, Walton-on-Thames ■ Fri 24 – Sun 26 June
Three days of food, drink, music and family fun at this event with a dedicated kids’ zone, a wellbeing village and a sports arena, plus more than 100 artisan producers and street food vendors and over 30 bars. Music comes from a range of tributes including Magic Queen, Happy Mondaze and My Winehouse.
■ Master Park, Oxted ■ Fri 1 – Sun 3 July
This family friendly festival features more than 20 music acts on two stages across the three days, and more than 100 real ales, cider and craft beers as well as a gin bar, cocktail bar and a Pimms and bubbles bar. Included in the line-up is Top Loader, Scouting for Girls, B*Witched, Urban Soul Orchestra, The Whiskey Sours and Matilda Pratt.
Kew the Music
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ Tues 5 – Sun 10 July
With a line up that includes James Blunt, Van Morrison, Will Young and James Morrison, Dj Spoony, The Gypsy Kings, Bananarama, Gabrielle and Rebecca Ferguson performing from Wed to Sun. Get in early as tickets sell fast.
■ Flower Farm, Godstone ■ Fri 8 – Sun 10 July
Showcasing a line-up that spans the generations, this is another boutique festival for the whole family. As well as eclectic mix of live music and comedy, there’s a dedicated kids’ area, workshops and a fabulous spread of artisan food and drink.
The Albury Music Festival
■ Albury Cricket Ground ■ Sun 17 July
Possibly Surrey’s best kept secret, this one-day music festival showcases talented local musicians, many of which play nationally and internationally. This year’s lineup includes Ghost, Anouska Assisi, Straight Circles and Zack Johnson. Entry is free.
Paloma Faith • Nile Rodgers and CHIC • Simply Red
■ Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher ■ Wed 20 & Wed 27 July; Wed 4 Aug
Not a music festival, as such, but certainly there’s a music festival vibe to the summer series of alfresco events at Sandown Park. BRIT award-winning artist Paloma headlines at Sandown Park’s after evening racing on Wed 20 July; Nile Rodgers and CHIC take to the stage on Wed 27 July and Simply Red bring their biggest hits to Esher on Wed 4 Aug.
Staycation Live Festival
■ Philips Memorial Park, Godalming ■ Fri 5 – Sun 7 Aug
It’s the 10th anniversary of Staycation Live, a festival for the Godalming community. Entry is free – though if you can afford it organisers ask festival goers to donate £10 – and as well as a diverse range of music there’s lots to entertain including a kids’ zone and food.
■ The Rural Life Museum, Tilford ■ Fri 19 – Sun 21 Aug
WeyFest is back again in 2022, bringing it’s boutique style festival with more than 30 hours of music, camping, posh loos and plenty to occupy kids and grown ups alike with music, drama and creative arts workshop. Confirmed acts include Billy Ocean and Del Amitri.
Happy Days 2022
■ Imber Court, Esher ■ Sat 27 – Sun 28 Aug
A boutique festival that aims to take you back in time to celebrate those Happy Days with a line-up of music through the decades. On Saturday is all about the New Wave and Brit Revival with acts including The Human League, Roland Gift of the Fine Young Cannibals and The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, then on Sunday we’re switching gear into soul, disco and dance music – with Arrested Development and Kenny Thomas among others.
Isle of Wight Festival
■ Seaclose Park, Newport ■ Fri 16- Sun 19 June
A stonking line up that includes Lewis Capaldi, Kasabian, Pete Tong, Muse, Craig David and Shaggy among many others over the three day family music festival. There’s boutique camping and luxury loos and showers… what more could you want in a festival?
■ Tring, Hertfordshire ■ Fri 1 – Sat 2 July
Imagine: it’s a July evening and the sun is setting. You’re dancing in a field with your besties, wine in hand, listening to one of the country’s best Eighties acts. Chilfest is back big after two years of hiatus, and to celebrate it’s 10 year aniversary. Acts confirmed so far include The Proclaimers, Tony Hadley, Top Loader and more for the Sat night and a clutch of fabulous tribute acts on the Friday – with Amy Winehouse, The Beatles, Oasis and ABBA all represented.
Cornbury Music Festival
■ Great Tew Park, Great Tew, Oxfordshire ■ Fri 8 – Sun 10 July
This civilised festival prides itself on being quintessentially English – think country fair with a rock’n’roll twist. And this year will be the last ever Cornbury, so experience the iconic event before it’s consigned to the annals of festival history. The full line up is still TBC but the fest has announced some old friends including Bryan Adams, James Blunt, Ronan Keating, Jools Holland and Mica Paris. There’s the option to glamp, plus make sure you bag tickets for the annual Festival Feast night.
■ Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire ■ Wed 6 – Sun 10 July
Henley’s fabulous festival on the water will be going ahead this yearwith a brilliant line up to celebrate its 40th year. We’re talking The Script, Jack Savoretti, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics with The Heritage Orchestra and Tom Jones, plus comedy, food and more drink than you can shake a cocktail stick at. Don’t forget to dig out your glad rags – the whole event is black tie apart from the family-friendly Sunday.
■ Cornbury Park, near Charlbury, Oxfordshire ■ Thurs 4 – Sun 7 Aug
Wilderness is practically part of the ‘English Season’ thanks to its celeby/fashion following. And this year it’s back with an ambitious line-up of music, theatre, talks, wellbeing, food and family activities. Current acts include Underworld, Peggy Gou and Years & Years with more to be announced. Alongside the likes of Sadler’s Wells dancers, Skye Gyngell cooking, yoga, wild swimming, crafting and outdoor hot tubs, that’s everyone in the clan catered for.
■ Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire ■ Fri 19 – Sun 21 Aug
Leg warmers and glitter at the ready (sustainable, natch)! Henley’s REW!ND at Temple Island Meadows is steaming ahead nd tickets are available to buy now, for weekend, camping and day tickets. Headliners are an Eighties pop queen’s dream: Holly Johnson, The Human League, Belinda Carlisle, T’Pau, Level 42 … What are you waiting for?
The Big Feastival
■ Alex James’ Farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire ■ Sat 27 – Mon 29 Aug
Alex James puts on quite the annual party at his farm, and this year is bigger and better – there’s The Stereophonics and Anne Marie booked to start, as well as Basement Jaxx, Sam Ryder and the Sugababes. It’s definitely got a family focus so there’s a ton for kids. Grown up/big kid fun comes in the form of cooking classes, a funfair, talks from the likes of Thomasina Miers and Ching He Huang, plus yoga, wild workshops and of course, the cheese.