2023 marks the fifth anniversary of Highest Point festival and it has become a gem in Lancaster’s music scene. Growing in stature year upon year, it has brought some outstanding names to Williamson Park who have taken to some of the very biggest stages in the world. 

With it being the fifth anniversary of the festival, we thought we’d highlight five of the key reasons you should attend Highest Point in 2023. From huge names to some of the best food money can buy, we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone in once again this year.


Kicking off the Thursday night at this year’s Highest Point is Hacienda Classical. It is a welcome return for them as they helped to open the very first edition back in 2018. For those unfamiliar, it features legendary DJs from the heyday of the scene in Manchester working with an orchestra to bring those classic club anthems of old into a stunning new form. 

Pop behemoths Bastille will be taking over on Saturday and 2023 will mark ten years since their album ‘All This Bad Blood’ was released. It featured some of their most recognisable tracks including the absolute anthem that is ‘Pompeii’. A hugely popular band known for their cinematic appeal, Bastille have endured by crafting chorus’ that stick in your head for a long time. 

Keeping the rhythm of good pop music across the weekend going will be Anne-Marie who is responsible for bringing us hits such as ‘Psycho’ and ‘2002’, she’s a new era of pop star right before your eyes. She has quickly risen in recent years and has been drawing in bigger and bigger crowds. She now has a phenomenal live show that we can’t wait for her to bring to the main stage.

Unique stages

We have six stages at Highest Point this year, with each one offering something unique for you to explore. We have the Main Stage which is, of course, the place to go for all the biggest names. The Sundial is a festival classic and is the go-to spot for raving to drum and bass tunes. 

The Memorial Stage is an amphitheatre where music runs throughout the day all the way until midnight and it features some of the most spellbinding illuminations that you’ll find. For a bit of a reprieve, head to The Dell where you’ll find the pub in the woods and all the latest emerging artists.

The Woods stage is the deepest, darkest depths of the festival and the place you should go to lose yourself for a few hours. Some amazing DJs will be taking to the decks on this stage. The final stage is The Waterfall which could take the prize for the most unique location. Found within a cavern, genres such as Dancehall will be taking over here.

Food and drink to die for

The food and drink options at Highest Point are always a highlight in their own right. You’ll find a large number of stalls at this year’s edition which will serve all your tummy-filling needs and the right amount of energy to keep you going all day. It goes without saying that there will be a fantastic selection of drinks for you to enjoy too.

Williamson Park

Located in the heart of Lancaster, Williamson Park has always been the home of Highest Point and we can’t think of a better location for the festival. A gentle walk up the park and you’ll get sweeping views of Morecambe Bay, as well as the Fylde coast and the mountains of the Lake District. With 54 acres of parkland to explore, you’ll find the stages dotted about the site.

Not forgetting the centrepiece of the park, the Ashton Memorial s arguably the most iconic landmark in Lancaster and it’ll overlook every moment of ecstasy you have over the weekend.

Big Family Day Out

Each year, Highest Point goes out with a bang by hosting the Big Family Day Out, which is a vivid celebration that the whole family can get involved with. There are so many activities throughout the day and you can visit the mini zoo as well as the famous Butterfly House. 

This will be a fantastic day full of bright colours and a joyous atmosphere that will see everyone in high spirits. The music will still be flowing too and you can expect the sounds of Disco down in the woods and much more. The Big Family Day Out emphasises creativity and wonder.

Secure your tickets for Highest Point Festival now on Skiddle to see Hacienda Classical, Sub Focus, K-Klass, House Gospel Choir, Girls Don’t Sync, Anne-Marie and so many other incredible artists this May. Click or tap here for tickets.

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