The best music events in and around the Cotswolds in 2022

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival - Credit: Giles Smith / Fanatic 2019

From concerts, to musical festivals and opera, 2022 is shaping up to be an exciting year in and around the Cotswolds

January 22 
Whole Lotta Led – Farewell Tour 
Your last chance to seek Whole Lotta Led performing the music of Led Zeppelin. 
The Goods Shed, Tetbury, shed-arts.co.uk 

January 28 
The Shires 
Gorgeous country duo return to the Subs after their dazzling sold-out show here in October. Get onboard quick to make sure you get to see them this time (or again!). 
The Sub Rooms, Stroud, thesubrooms.co.uk 

January 30 
Fascinating Aida 
Performing their distinctive selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before, and some you wish you never had. Hilarious and topical. 
Wyvern Theatre, swindontheatres.co.uk 

February 5-26 
Mystery Masterpiece Auction 
Broadway Arts Festival is giving the public the chance to snap up original artwork by internationally renowned and emerging artists for as little as £25! 
broadwayartsfestival.com 

March 15 
Nouvelle Vague  
French bossa nova duo re-imagines new wave classics with the help of vocalists unfamiliar with the 80s originals. 
The Sub Rooms, Stroud, thesubrooms.co.uk 

March 19 
Bach: St John Passion 
One of the greatest choral works, performed by Worcester Festival Choral Society with six acclaimed soloists. 
Worcester Cathedral, wfcs.online 

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 March 26 
Painswick Music Society concert  
Carducci Quartet with Clare Hammond on piano.   
St Mary’s Church, Painswick, Stroud GL6 6UT, tel: 07789 006006, painswickmusicsoc.co.uk  

April 2 
St Matthew Passion 
The deeply moving oratorio, peformed by Cheltenham Bach Choir.  
Tewkesbury Abbey, cheltbachchoir.com 

April 4 
Peggy Seeger 
Making a very welcome visit to Stroud on her rescheduled ‘First Farewell Tour’, the charismatic Peggy Seeger – singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, Ewan MacColl’s partner and muse – is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. 
The Sub Rooms, Stroud, thesubrooms.co.uk  

April 8 
Fisherman's Friends 
Formed in 1995 Fisherman's Friends are the UK's foremost folk group. Real fisherman from Port Isaac, Cornwall. They signed a record deal with Universal Music in March 2010 and had chart success thereafter. 
 The Sub Rooms, Stroud, thesubrooms.co.uk 

April 9 
Painswick Music Society concert  
Jess Gillam on saxophone, accompanied by piano.  
St Mary’s Church, Painswick, Stroud GL6 6UT, tel: 07789 006006, painswickmusicsoc.co.uk  

April 9 
St John Passion 
JS Bach’s St John Passion, performed by Burford Singers with Baroque ensemble Canzona. 
St John Baptist, Cirencester, burfordsingers.org.uk 

April 27-May 2 
Cheltenham Jazz Festival 
Featuring the biggest names from jazz, blues and world music, plus local and emerging talent. 
cheltenhamfestivals.com 

April 28 
Peter Hook & The Light 
Featuring live music from Hooky’s repertoire, including songs from the legendary New Order and Joy Division.  
Gloucester Guildhall, gloucesterguildhall.co.uk 

April 30 
Painswick Music Society concert   
A performance by Voces8.  
St Mary’s Church, Painswick, Stroud GL6 6UT, tel: 07789 006006, painswickmusicsoc.co.uk  

April 30 
A Celebration of Ralph Vaughan Williams 
Gloucester Choral Society celebrates the 150th Anniversary of one of Gloucestershire’s finest composers. 
Gloucester Cathedral, gloucesterchoral.com 

May 1 
Marti Pellow 
The brand new ‘Greatest Hits’ tour is about being able to come together at last to celebrate love and life. Get your dancing shoes on – it’s time to party with Marti! 
The Sub Rooms, Stroud, thesubrooms.co.uk 

May 9-21 
Chipping Campden Music Festival 
To include Dame Evelyn Glennie, Mark Padmore & Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, and Ex Cathedra. 
campdenmusicfestival.co.uk 

May 14 
Painswick Music Society concert  
Featuring Iyad Sughayer on piano.  
St Mary’s Church, Painswick, Stroud GL6 6UT, tel: 07789 006006, painswickmusicsoc.co.uk 

May 27-29 
Lechlade Festival 
Including The Boomtown Rats, Alexandra Burke, burlesque, comedy, and so much more. 
lechladefestival.co.uk 

May 30-August 2 
Longborough Festival Opera 
Including Wagner’s Siegfried, Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, and Bizet’s Carmen. 
Longborough, Moreton-in-Marsh, lfo.org.uk 

June 3-5 
Wychwood Festival 
Featuring Peter Hook & The Light; The South; Dreadzone; Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club; and Deacon Blue... all set beneath the Prestbury Hills.  
Cheltenham Racecourse, wychwoodfestival.com 

June 10 
Keane 
Part of the Forest Live series. Income generated from ticket sales helps look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive. 
Westonbirt Arboretum, forestryengland.uk/music 

June 10 
McFly 
Bringing their ‘ultimate summer party’ to Gloucester. 
Gloucester Park, ents24.com 

June 11 
Madness 
The Nutty Boys will be performing at Westonbirt Arboretum as part of ‘Forest Live’. 
Westonbirt Arboretum, forestryengland.uk/music 

June 13 
Mavis Staples  
The civil rights icon, Grammy Award-winner, chart-topping soul/gospel/R&B pioneer, and National Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient comes to Stroud. 
The Sub Rooms, Stroud, thesubrooms.co.uk 

June 15-19 
Nocturne Live 
Live music from Lionel Richie, David Gray, UB40, Simple Minds and more, in a stunning setting. 
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, nocturnelive.com 

June 18 
Macy Gray 
Live music from the American soul and R&B singer-songwriter. 
The Sub Rooms, Stroud, thesubrooms.co.uk 

 June 25 
Summer Concert 
Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, with choral works by Handel, Parry, Faure, Elgar, Bruckner and others. 
Parish Church of St Mary, Banbury, burfordsingers.org.uk 

July 1-3 
Minety Music Festival 
A three-day community, not-for-profit festival, featuring over 75 acts on three stages. 
Minety, Wiltshire, minetyfestival.co.uk 

July 7-9 
2000trees Music Festival 
A three-day musical extravaganza set in the stunning Cotswold Hills, featuring amazing food and locally produced ciders, ales & lagers. 
Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire, twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk 

July 8-16 
Cheltenham Music Festival 
A programme of show-stopping concerts, featuring the very best contemporary composition alongside a feast of popular classics. 
cheltenhamfestivals.com 

July 15 & 16 
An Evening With Michael Bublé 
Beautiful tunes from the Canadian crooner. 
Bath Royal Crescent, bathboxoffice.org.uk 

July 22 & 23 
Chalfest 
Bringing the community together with great music and camaraderie... this year including the irrepressible Fun Lovin’ Criminals.  
Chalford, Gloucestershire, chalfest.co.uk 

July 28-31 
WOMAD 
Celebrating 40 years of world music. 
Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, womad.co.uk 

August 27 
Proms Spectacular 
An unforgettable evening of entertainment, featuring Spitfire and parachute displays and a concert with London’s Orion Orchestra.  
Three Counties Showground, threecounties.co.uk 

September 20-24 
Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical 
The true story of the world’s most unlikely buoy-band.  
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, everymantheatre.org.uk 

October 22 
Sir Bryn Terfel 
The Welsh bass-baritone performs an evening dedicated to the world of ‘Songs and Arias’. 
The Forum, Bath, bathboxoffice.org.uk 

November 18 
Bellowhead 
Reuniting in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of their fourth album, Broadside. 
The Forum, Bath, bathboxoffice.org.uk 

November 27 
A Celebration of the Music of John Rutter 
Peformed by Burford Singers. 
burfordsingers.org.uk 

December 10 
The Bohemians 
Live music from the internationally-renowned Queen tribute band. 
Gloucester Guildhall, gloucesterguildhall.co.uk