Wide Awake Festival 2022: Beyond The Headliners

Wide Awake Festival 2022: Beyond The Headliners

Wide Awake Festival 2022

Wide Awake Festival 2022

London, United Kingdom


After an award-winning debut edition at the tail end of 2021's festival season, Wide Awake Festival returns to Brixton's Brockwell Park in only a matter of weeks. 

Kickstarting London's summer of outdoor (and hopefully) sun-soaked music events, aficionados of the underground from all corners of the city will scurry southbound to see a smorgasbord of international, domestic, and very local DIY talent. 

Leading the lineup are the legendary Primal Scream, playing Screamadelica in full, and Belfast dance duo Bicep. But beneath the headliners there's plenty more weird and wonderful sounds from the left-field and beyond to entice you to hit up London's most imaginative blend of independent music. 

That said, here's five artists on the bill that are indicative of Wide Awake's diversity and make it an unmissable date on the festival calendar. 


Boy Harsher

Cult bands don't come quite as cinematic as Massachusetts' Boy Harsher, who are indebted more to Berlin's industrialist synth-punk lineage than any bands on their side of the pond. 

Taking their love for cinema to new levels by directing and soundtracking their first film, The Runner, earlier this year, expect moody and magnificent EBM in one of the festival's tent stages from the American duo. 

 

Faye Webster

The Atlantan former wunderkind Faye Webster is flying the flag for alternative folk in a city renowned for its rap and R&B exploits, but absorbs a surprise amount of inspiration from her rap peers despite her fragile exterior and penchant for sleek lap-steel. 

Her hushed vocals flit from wry humour to heartbreak effortlessly, and she's already fulfilled her early promise, releasing fourth album I Know I'm Funny Haha last year at the tender age of 24.

With an upcoming tour supporting HAIM, the big leagues are keeping tabs on the singer-songwriter. So should you. 

 

Elkka

Cardiff-born, London-based Elkka began her career as a singer-songwriter and has since fully morphed into an electronic music nerve-centre. Now a hyped DJ, producer extraordinaire, and label founder to boot (femme culture for your attention) her captivating cross-genre shows blend vibrant rave and hypnotic art performance.

Receiving plaudits from the likes of Annie Mac, Gilles Peterson and mainstays like Four Tet and Floating Points, her set is certain to be one of the weekend's most lauded.

 

Altin Gün

Revitalising one of the more niche music trends of the past fifty years - Anatolian rock and psychedelia - Amsterdam's Altin Gün are as authentic as they come, with the band's principals singers hailing from Turkish origins. The five-piece's efforts were recognised in the form of a Grammy nomination for second album Gece in 2019. 

Their seemingly insatiable fetish for analogue synths became more apparent on third album Yol, as they incorporated a more disco-rock aesthetic. Not that we're complaining about how infectiously fun they are.

 

Chubby and the Gang

At the forefront of London's 'Oi!' resurgence, it's been harder not to have heard of Chubby and the Gang since their signing to Partisan Records, given they seem to pop up on new gig poster and festival lineups on an almost daily basis.

Led by 'Chubby' Charles, their unrelenting live shows are indicative of the band's work ethic. Expect slurred gang vocals from back to front, with a hefty measure of moshing. 


Wide Awake Festival 2022 takes place on 27-28th May in Brixton, London. Book the final remaining tickets here

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