From small-scale events focusing on local musicians to huge lineups of internationally-renowned artists, these are some of the best music festivals in Dorset.
Dorset always has a great array of festivals throughout the year, especially during summer. So if it’s live music you’re after, this glorious county in southwest England has something for everyone.
You can find pop, rock, reggae, folk, and more, as well as plenty of local talent, at these awesome live music events throughout Dorset.
Image Credit: Camp Bestival
Dorset Music Festivals for 2022
In date order, these are all the upcoming Dorset music festivals in 2022. All information was correct at the time of writing, but it’s always worth checking the event website or social media pages for the latest details.
Quayside Music Festival
Dates: All bank holidays (next: 4th-5th June, and 17th-28th August 2022)
Location: Weymouth Harbour (outside Rendezvous)
The Quayside Music Festival hits Weymouth’s picturesque harbourside every bank holiday weekend throughout the year. Run by the popular Rendezvous bar, the 2-day music festival always boasts a great lineup of talented Dorset musicians.
Dates: 16th-18th July 2022
Location: Higher Farmhouse, Langton Herring, Weymouth
Tickets: £30 adults – all proceeds go to charity
Raising funds for Samaritans of Dorset, Chesil Rocks is one of the area’s loveliest local music festivals. This happy and family-friendly event is held within the beautiful grounds of a historic farmhouse, and brings together both local and national artists, as well as amazing local food, and entertainment for kids.
2022 Lineup: Thursday comedy night hosted by local comedian Tom Glover, a Friday evening of classical music and opera, and the main event on Saturday headlined by Tankus the Henge, The Leylines, Sarah de Warren and the London Gay Men’s Chorus.
Dates: 8th-10th July 2022
Location: Asker Meadows, Bridport
Tickets: from £55 adults
Not only is Jurassic Fields one of the best music festivals in Dorset, but it’s becoming known as one of the best value for money music events in the UK. The festival brings together some huge acts from around the country, as well as the best music, comedy, food and entertainment the local area has to offer.
2022 Headliners: The Pigeon Detectives, Mad Dog Mcrea, Scouting for Girls
Dates: 9th July
Location: Milborne St Andrews Sports Pavilion
Tickets: from £10 adults
A family-friendly music festival in a beautiful Dorset location, Quinfest was set up in honour of local lady Amy Quinn to raise money for several charities, including the Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
2022 Lineup: includes Downside Up, Damion Maston, Nick Capaldi, and Lili White.
Dates: 10th July
Location: Sandbanks Beach
Tickets: from £27.50
A boutique beach festival held on the stunning Sandbanks Beach, SandFest is a firm fixture on the Dorset summer calendar. Expect top class acts in an incredible setting. Since it’s held directly on the sand, it’s advisable to wear comfy shoes to this one!
2022 Lineup: Jax Jones, Tom Zanetti, Wes Nelson, Karen Harding, Sweet Female Attitude, and more to be announced.
Dates: 28th-31st July 2022
Location: Lulworth Castle
Tickets: £210 adult weekend (day passes available to purchase in summer)
Camp Bestival is one of the biggest music festivals in Dorset. Held in front of Lulworth Castle on the estate’s gorgeous grounds, this family-friendly festival always has a great lineup of musicians to suit all ages, as well as rides, fireworks, comedy, circus entertainment, and much more.
2022 Lineup: Includes Rag’N’Bone Man, Rudimental, Sister Sledge, Razorlight, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Kitchen Disco. For the kids, there’s Horrible Histories, Dick and Dom, Mr Tumble, and more!
Bournemouth Reggae Weekender
Dates: 29th- 31st July 2022
Location: Kings Park, Bournemouth
Tickets: from £10 adults
Local radio station AFRO*Disiac produces the Bournemouth Reggae Weekender, a three-day music festival which was the first of its kind in Dorset. Promoting Prostate Cancer Awareness, the event boasts an extensive lineup and a fab range of independent caterers.
Come along to celebrate the diverse African-Caribbean culture in the local community and experience the rich reggae music heritage Great Britain has to offer.
End of the Road Festival
Dates: 1st-4th September 2022
Location: Larmer Tree Gardens
Tickets: from £210 adult
Held on the border between Dorset and Wiltshire, End of the Road Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in the area. Focusing on folk and independent rock, the 4-day event is held within the beautiful pleasure gardens at Larmer Tree. These become a woodland wonderland strewn with art installations and decorated spaces.
2022 Headliners: Pixies, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes, Khruangbin
If you attend any of these fab Dorset music festivals this year, be sure to let us know in the comments below!