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Muddy’s 2022 Festival Guide: Devon and beyond

Here's where to see the best live music this summer! Plus, the chance to win weekend tickets to Plymouth's Sunset Live to see Paloma, Simply Red and Ball & Boe this July.

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Goldcoast Oceanfest, Croyde, 17-19 Jun

Celebrating the surf and music since 1999, GoldCoast Oceanfest midsummer weekend is all about good times, great music, keeping fit and looking after the environment with a beer in your hand and Croyde Bay’s sand between your toes. Line up includes 20 live acts, including Sigala, Clean Bandit, Reef, Nathan Dawe, Emily Nash and loads more. Day tickets from £40, family tickets available. From £63 adults, VIP tickets sold out.

Let’s Rock Exeter, Powderham Castle, Kenton, 2 Jul

Hoik out the dayglo legwarmers and slap on the eyeliner – here’s another chance to catch up with Eighties icons, including Tenpole Tudor, Belinda Carlisle, Human League, Billy Ocean and Heaven 17 (who have still really got it btw). Make a day of it or book in for a spot of overnight camping.

Tunes on the Sands, Blackpool Sands, South Hams, Fri 8 – Sun 10 Jul

Flip-flops and sun-cream on, let’s get to the beach – the makers of Tunes in the Dunes at Perranporth bring you Tunes on the Sands and can there really be a better setting than gorgeous Blackpool Sands in the South Hams to see the likes of 80s moochers Boney M, the Hoosiers and The Sugarhill Gang? It’s family-friendly with a gin bar, a beach clean-up led by Surfers Against Sewage, kayaking and kids activities. Day tickets and camping available, from £30.

Sunset Live, Central Park, Plymouth, Fri 8 – Sun 10 July

A kickass weekend of music, with Paloma Faith, Simply Red and Ball & Boe and great support acts, such as Gabrielle.

Friday 8 – The pair have sold over 1.5 million albums in the UK, snaffled two Classic Brit Awards and now Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are in our ‘hood, bringing roof-raisers from their debut release and best selling album, Together, and supported by Marisha Wallace.

Saturday 9 Paloma Faith – The BRIT Award-winning songstress brings her Summer 2022 UK Tour, The Age of Optimism, to Plymouth’s Central Park as part of a fabulous weekend of music in the city, followed by…

Sunday 10 Simply Red – Holding Back the YearsIf You Don’t Know Me By NowStars… yep, you still know all the words and here’s you chance to show it, singing along to Mick Hucknall in Central Park on a summer night in the city.

Fancy going for free?? Head to Muddy Reader Treats for a chance to win two Sunset Gold tickets, worth £222.80.

Chagstock, Chagford, Fri 22 – Sat 23 Jul

Dartmoor views, Kula Shaker, Ash, kids under 12 go free, and new for 2022 the option to do posh camping with Tee & Toast Glamping. Ooh, and the 2022 fancy dress theme (there’s a different one every year) is ‘summer holidays’. Hawaiian shirts it is then. Day tickets from £54.

Dartington Music Summer School & Festival, Dartington Estate, Totnes, 23 July – 20 Aug

For classical music fans, Dartington are hosting a dazzling array of performances from internationally renowned classical, jazz, folk, gospel and experimental artists, with an expanded family programme for 2022, including (yay!) relaxed concerts where you can take babies. This year they’re celebrating the power of music through four elements: water, fire, earth and air. Highlights include a focus on the watery city of Venice, with a festive performance of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers; song recitals from acclaimed sopranos Carolyn Sampson and Mary Bevan. The English folk trio Leveret makes a special appearance, and The Nest Collective brings its celebrated Campfire Club to Dartington’s beautiful gardens. Concert tickets £18/£15/50% off for students and under 18s. Talks £10, family concerts £8 / £5 and family workshops from £5.

Altitude Festival, Blackborough, Fri 29 – Sat 30 Jul

Back in a bucolic Devon field, with two days (Thursday’s Soundcheck is now sold out) of eclectic bands, including local faves Pattern Pusher, and from further afield, Noble Jacks and Dutty Moonshone Big Band. And yay, Electric Avenue also returns for all the old ravers out there. Very family friendly with kids’ entertainment, magicians, camping and around 2000 people attending. Tickets from £65.

The Sidmouth Folk Festival, 29 Jul -5 Aug

Singer and multi-instrumentalist N’famady Kouyaté is at Sidmouth Folk Festival

The 68th Sidmouth Folk Festival returns to its beach-side location with 700 diverse events and a week of major concerts, upbeat roots parties, intimate sessions, ceilidhs, folk dancing, storytelling events, fun family entertainment, youth-centred sessions, hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays. And excellent street food.

The Little Big Festival, Higher Mead Farm, Ashburton, Fri 12 – Sat 13 Aug

Brought to you by the people who started The Port Eliot Festival, this one-day’er has doubled in size in 2022 to deliver two fun-filled days of music, variety, circus, comedy, talks, poetry and literature, film, flamenco, opera, art, a children’s festival-within-a festival. Very creative, just what you’d expect from arty Ashburton, with plenty of local flavour from the town’s eateries too. You will not be bored – or hungry! Adult day tickets from £55.

Beautiful Days, Escot Park, nr Exeter Fri 19 – 21 Aug

Beautiful Days have pulled in a great line-up for ’22, featuring Flogging Molly, The Specials, Levellers, The Dandy Warhols, Maximo Park, Seasick Steve, Beth Orton, Seth Lakeman and Billy Bragg and loads of others you’ve probably-definitely heard of. Weekend camping tickets only, no day tickets caravanning and glamping, £176.75 – £12.

Gone Wild Festival, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Fri 25 – Sun 28 Aug

Bear Grylls is back for a second year of family-focussed survival skills, inspiring talks, workshops and live music, AND, this year day tickets are available. Heading the line-up are The Darkness, Reef, The Script and Sophie Ellis Bextor. Tickets from £50.

HAVE WELLIES, WILL TRAVEL

Boardmasters, Cornwall, 10-14 Aug. (Line-up: George Michael, Disclosure, Kings of Leon)

Isle of Wight Festival, 16-19 June. (Line-up: Lewis Capaldi, Kasabian, Pete Tong, Muse, Craig David, Shaggy)

BST Hyde Park, London, 24 June – 10 July. (Line-up: Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Eagles, Pearl Jam, Duran Duran)

Wireless Festival, London Finsbury Park, 8-10 July. (Line-up: Cardi B, SZA, Nicki Minaj)

Latitude Festival, Suffolk, 21-24 July. (Line-up: Lewis Capaldi, Foals, Snow Patrol, Phoebe Bridgers)

Kaleidoscope Festival, London Alexandra Palace, 23 July. (Line-up: Orbital, Happy Mondays, Charlotte Church)

Camp Bestival, Dorset, 28-31 July. (Line-up: Rag’n’Bone Man, Rudimental, Kool & The Gang)

Edinburgh Summer Sessions, 8-14 Aug. (Line-up: Tom Jones, Simple Minds, Simply Red, Michael Kiwanuka)

Camp Bestival, Shropshire, 18-21 August. (Line-up: Fatboy Slim, Rag’n’Bone Man, Becky Hill, Sara Cox) 

All Points East, London Victoria Park, 19-28 Aug. (Line-up: Charlie XCX, Gorillaz, Nick Cave, Kraftwerk)

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