The UK’s nostalgia festival of the year Back 2 Festival is returning from Thursday 29th June – Sunday 2nd July with a mega Dance Arena line-up announced today. This year’s event will take place at Catton Park in Derbyshire, welcoming a plethora of back-to-the-noughties talent as well as a huge roster of dance music legends from the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s.

Heading up the Dance Arena across the four-day festival will be world-famous DJ Bryan Kearney; The Queen of Clubland - Cascada, founders of the UK Happy Hardcore scene, Hixxy, Fabio & Grooverider, DJ Hype amongst many more. Between them, this group of acts have helped create some of the world’s most iconic dance anthems, like ‘Take This’.

In addition to this stellar dance arena line-up, Birmingham’s oldest and largest LGBT venue, the Nightingale Club will be hosting Thursday 29th June with DJ Robbie Lewis. This pride party will be featuring all resident Nightingale DJs and The Nightingales Dancers blasting out classic dance and pop anthems from the likes of Basement Jaxx, Kylie Minogue, Fatboy Slim, and Britney Spears. Festival-goers can get ready for four days of non-stop dancing! 

The UK’s longest-running trance brand, Passion, has also been added to the line-up as host for Saturday night. Hosting trance and house parties since 1995, this clubbing personality is bringing international superstar DJ Bryan Kearney to the tent supported by British DJ and record producer Lange for a party and a good time.

Headlining the arena on Sunday is Cascada, the Queen of Clubland who boasts a phenomenal 5 top ten UK hits including her no.1 track, ‘Evacuate the Dancefloor’. Hosted by Klub Nation, other supporting acts include Hixxy - one of the founders of UK Happy Hardcore scene and creator of the label 'Raver Baby' and the Bonkers compilation albums.

Headliners across the four-day event include Boyzlife, Basshunter and Fabio & Grooverider. This year sees a total of four stages - with two brand-new stages for 2023. Challenge yourself to find the hidden entrance to The Secret Rave Arena, or take to our new Steel Yard Stage running dedicated themes each day.

Themes include the 100% Eighties Party, Pop Confessions, The Sh*t Wedding Disco and Back 2 the Future (Future Classics), to finish the festival in style. Catton Park, located next to local gem Catton Hall, is in the heart of the National Forest and equidistant from London, Manchester, and Norwich, making it the ideal location for festival-goers from across the UK.