UK Rock & Heavy Music Festival Guide 2022

Parkway Drive, Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2019 - Matt Higgs
Matt Higgs

Festival season is almost here and given the lack of live music and festivals we’ve had over the last two years, we are well and truly ready to rock our socks off, we don’t even mind if it rains (a little bit), just as long as we get to be in a field with our friends and some fine music!

Make sure you get your music festival fix this summer and check out our guide to the ultimate rock and heavy music festivals in the UK, from May to September 2022…


Teddy Rocks Festival
When: 30th April – 1st May
Where: Charisworth Farm, Blandford,Dorset
Who: Eagles Of Death Metal, Terrorvision, As December Falls, Those Damn Crows, Chapter And Verse


Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering
When: 26th-29th May
Where: Catton Hall, Derbyshire
Who: Placebo, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Nova Twins, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls


Slam Dunk Festival
When: 3rd / 4th June
Where: Temple Nesam, Leeds / Hatfield Park, Hatfield
Who: Sum 41, Alexisonfire, MOD SUN, Beartooth, The Used, Silverstein

The UK’s annual dose of pop punk, punk, ska and metalcore that is Slam Dunk returns to its now established locations of Leeds and Hatfield for a double dose this year. With the likes of Sum 41, Alexisonfire, Neck Deep, The Dropkick Murphys and Beartooth at the top of the bill, there’s likely to be at least one headliner to please everyone, and probably a bunch of tough choices to make. Further down the line up, bands like The Interrupters, The Wonder Years, Cancer Bats, Counterparts, Yours Truly and As December Falls will definitely ensure a good time will be had by all. Stay tuned for further updates on Slam Dunk as we get deeper into festival season!

Download Festival
When: 10th – 12th June (campsite 9th – 13th)
Where: Donington Park
Who: Kiss, Iron Maiden, Biffy Clyro, Deftones, Korn, Volbeat, Skindred, Rise Against, Megadeth, The Darkness, The Distillers, Funeral For A Friend

The spiritual home of the UK’s rock and metal community welcomes the masses back to Donington Park for the first time in three years for a full festival (after the success of the Download Pilot last year). A mix of the established headliners and some of the UK and elsewhere’s brightest up and coming talent means there is a huge amount of fun and riffs to be had at Download 2022. More in-depth previews and coverage will of course be found here on Rock Sins in the days and weeks leading up the festival.


When: 7-9th July
Where: Upcote Farm, Cheltenham
Who: Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Turnstile, Idles, Creeper, Vukovi, Bob Vylan

BST Hyde Park – Pearl Jam
When: 8th July
Where: Hyde Park, London
Who: Pearl Jam, Pixies,

RADAR Festival
When: 29th-31st July
Where: Guildford
Who: Leprous, Haken, Dirty Loops, Hacktivist, Bossk, Devil Sold His Soul, Palm Reader, Cage Fight, Sertraline


When: 17th-20th August
Where: Bristol
Who: Opeth, Cult Of Luna, Tesseract

Reading and Leeds Festival
When: 26th – 28th August (campsite 24th – 29th)
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds
Who: Rage Against The Machine, Bring Me The Horizon, Enter Shikari, Fever 333, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Willow, As It Is, Static Dress

Of course, these are just some of the heavier festivals coming up over the next few months. There’s also the likes of Incineration, Call Of The Wild, Supersonic, Damnation and many more – details of more festivals will be added as time goes on!


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