From huge 80s throwback bashes to multi-genre bonanzas like Highest Point, there are some brill fests in Lancashire. Here are the very best...
Date published: 21st Mar 2022
From quaint villages with calm rivers gently flowing beneath mossy bridges to the seaside madness of Blackpool, there's a wide variety of atmospheres to choose from in Lancashire.
If a party's what you want, a party is what you shall receive. If kicking back with a pint is more your scene, there's plenty of opportunity for that too.
And with lots of cheap but dangerously good food, beaches and seemingly enchanted forests to explore, the county has just about everything you could desire, including some banging festivals. Check out the best Lancashire festivals below.
Despite being the perfect location, Lancaster festivals are quite rare to come by. But thankfully, Highest Point Festival will be returning to show us all what a proper good time looks like. The festival focuses primarily on disco, electronic, and indie music with a splash of other influences here and there. As the festival aims for an eclectic mix, there are plenty of artists both old and new, veteran and newbie to explore. Easily one of the best festivals in Lancaster, Highest Point 2022 is a fantastic shout.
Before you get too excited, this, unfortunately, isn’t one massive festival. Lytham Festival is broken down into two parts with a break in between. It’s more like a series of day festivals than one giant fest. Sorry to kill your dreams. But still, the lineup is looking glorious, and there are some rare acts on there, such as The Strokes, who don’t have many other UK dates booked this year and legends like Diana Ross, this year's Glasto legends slot headliner, and Chic. It's definitely one to consider, especially if the thought of camping makes you want to shed a few tears.
What started out as a highly successful, exclusive preparty hosted by Craig David has boomed and will now be the headline act for the day festival, Wile Out. The festival is perfect for dance music lovers who just want to let loose to some of the best music in the scene. If this sounds like the perfect fest for you, keep your eyes peeled and set an alarm for 6 pm tonight (Monday 21st March), ready for the full lineup announcement.
Karma Chameleon, Don’t You Want Me, and Red Red Wine live all in one weekend? It sounds like a cruel joke, but it isn’t. Going down over in Leigh, Summer Fest has secured three of the biggest, most influential English bands of the 80s for their three-day event in May. And if that wasn't enough to seal the deal, early bird tickets are still available for less than £30. It really would be daft not to snag these tickets.
The UK’s largest independent punk music festival is back with a pretty damn impressive lineup. We have some essential punk heroes including Levellers, Anti-Flag, Stiff Little Fingers, The Stranglers, Bad Religion, and Circle Jerks. But there are also some smaller bands such as Ferocious Dog, a Celtic-folk punk unit, psych-punk rock duo The Lovely Eggs, and Moscow Death Brigade, a band that fuses hip hop, punk rock and electronic music. It’s gonna be crazy.
Beat-Herder has come a long way since its inception in 2006. Back then, there were only 1,200 attendees, four small tents, a naked sauna and a “couple of hippy food stalls.” Now, Beat-Herder expects around 12,000 attendees, has 16 additional music areas, fairground rides, and more. The lineup for 2022 hasn’t been announced just yet, but you can expect electronic music, reggae, dubstep, house, techno, drum and bass, folk, all that good stuff and more. And the fest closes with a bit of comedy!
Yet another impressive throwback lineup, Leighton Live has secured legendary artists Sister Sledge and UB40 to headline their fest. What a way to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend! It all goes down over at Leighton Hall estate, a lovely green space that looks perfect for a weekend of funky tunes. We’ll see you there for a massive sing and dance along to We Are Family.
No matter which Lancashire festival you choose, we know you’ll have a cracking time. It truly is crazy how diverse the festivals in this county are. And with so many different types on offer, it’s hard to imagine that there isn’t one that’ll suit your needs. Anyway, we’ll catch you later. We’ve got train tickets to book and festival tickets to buy!
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.