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Our shortlist of this summer’s must-visit festivals

Festival season is back, and our diaries are packed with a whole host of music-fuelled, art-loving, utterly joyous events to attend this summer. So, whether you love a wild weekend of muddy fields and deckchair dwelling or prefer attending something a little more sophisticated, we’ve asked our team for their picks of this summer’s hottest tickets. There’s art, jazz, food and plenty of musical treats on the list, so keep reading for some last-minute inspiration before setting off this summer.

The Happy Camper: Camp Bestival

A cornerstone of the festival landscape, the first festival on our list doesn’t need much introduction. Famed for the riot of family-friendly, carnival-themed entertainment it hosts every year, Camp Bestival is our pick for a spot of good old fashioned camping. With a mix of comedy acts, music legends and entertainers including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Kool & The Gang and Mr Tumble, there is quite literally something for everyone. So, pack the sleeping bags and hit the road – we’ll be there whatever the weather.

When? 28–⁠31 July
Where? Dorset and Shropshire

How much? From £220; tickets available here.

The Dancing Queen: Love Supreme

With festival season back (hopefully) for good this year, we’re craving those dance-induced sore feet and achy limbs more than ever – which is why Love Supreme’s Jazz Festival in Lewes, Sussex is next on our list. With iconic performances from soul legends Gregory Porter, Erykah Badu and Candi Staton on the list, plus a roster of amazing breakthrough artists, the talent on this year's line-up is world-class. The perfect remedy for soul lovers (and anyone else who wants to get their groove on!), this one is guaranteed to have us boogieing all night long.

When? 1–⁠3 July
Where? Lewes, Sussex

How much? From £182; tickets available here.

The Foodie: The Big Feastival

If food is your love language then The Big Feastival, hosted by Alex James’ Farm in the Cotswolds, is definitely for you. On the menu? A plethora of street food vendors and workshop stalls, served with a stellar musical line-up on the side. The likes of Stereophonics, Basement Jaxx, Sugababes and Gabrielle will perform over the weekend, accompanied by smaller up-and-coming talent. It’s set to be a feast for the eyes, bellies and ears, so if you’re a foodie in the mood for some festivities, you won’t want to miss out on this one!

When? 26–⁠28 August
Where? Alex James’ Farm in the Cotswolds

How much? From £92.50; tickets available here.

The Culture Vulture: Jupiter Rising

We love any opportunity to immerse ourselves in a weekend of arts, culture and all-round good energy, so a trip to the Scottish capital to attend Jupiter Rising festival – hosted by outdoor gallery Jupiter Artland – is definitely on the cards. With its permanent collection of stunning installations and outdoor sculptures, it’s the perfect destination for a weekend of escapism. This year, expect a line-up of breakthrough performances from artists, poets and DJs that’s been guest-curated by Young Fathers’ Alloysious Massaquoi and Glasgow Collection Hen Hoose, along with the unveiling of Jupiter Artland’s 2022 exhibitions. There’s even a lake to kick back and relax by – sign us up.

When? 26–⁠28 August
Where? Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh

How much? From £95; tickets available here.

The Beach Lover: Boardmasters

Set to be a weekend of sand, sea and surf(ing), with a hefty dose of indie rock and delicious seafood, Boardmasters in Newquay is the perfect beach escape. Taking place in the second weekend of August, the famous surfing destination will become a joyous stomping ground for music-lovers and beach dwellers, with headliners Kings of Leon, Disclosure and George Ezra lighting up the mainstage. Whether you’re a surfer dude or just fancy some fish and chips with some chart-topping background music, this weekend is one for the bucket (and spade) list.

When? 10–⁠14 August
Where? Newquay, Cornwall

How much? From £86; tickets available here.