Each year hundreds of thousands of people across the UK head to music festivals to spend time relaxing, listening to music and catching up with friends.

2022 sees the music festival season back in full tempo with a packed season from May through to September and dozens of music festivals of all sizes happening each weekend.

Music festivals are an amazing opportunity for the church to share that Jesus Loves Festivals and ROC’s Festival Angels are part of a movement doing just that.

In 2011 Festival Angels started life as a Prayer Tent at Leeds Festival with twelve volunteers from the church community in Thorner (the village next to Bramham Park where Leeds Festival happens). In year two the name changed from Prayer Tent to Festival Angels and the volunteer team and hours of operating the Prayer Cafe increased. By year three, 2013, operations expanded with the running of the Lost Property and detached teams, similar to Street Angels, who wander across the festival site.

The team at Leeds Festival has continued to grow and because Festival Angels works so well other Festivals have approached us over the years asking for us to replicate Festival Angels at different festivals. Over the years we have had Festival Angels at various festivals including: BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, Big Church Day Out, various Belfast Festivals, Boardmasters, Creamfields, Eastern Electrics, Edinburgh Festival, Kendal Calling, Looe Music Festival, Mint, Montrose Festival, Royal Ascot, Tunes in the Dunes, Upton-on-Severn town festivals, YNot, Wildfires and smaller local festivals who use the Festival Angels model. We have also connected with and supported other festival teams in the UK and Spain.

Whilst each Festival Angels team looks very different, according to the needs and request of the festival organisers, the heart and ethos is always to share that Jesus Loves Festivals in very practical ways to the thousands of festival goers.

In 2022 Festival Angels will be at:

Upton-upon-Severn Town Festivals (Safe Place) – various over the summer

Tunes in the Dunes (Detached) – 24th – 26th June

Love All Serve All, Wimbledon Tennis Queues – 27th July – 10th August 2022

Kendal Calling (Safe Hubs, Detached) – 28th July – 31st July 2022

Leeds (Prayer Cafe, Lost Property, Detached) – 24th – 28th August 2022

Creamfields (We Are Church at Creamfields Safe Place) – 25th – 28th August 2022

To find out more visit festivalangels.org.uk