Festival acts you won’t want to miss this summer
MONTHLY MUSIC1 May 2022
May Monthly Music
Every generation has its “Summer of Love”. First came the psychedelic, free-loving O.G. of 1967, then the raving revolution in ‘88, and then there was that heady summer when Love Island was really good and football nearly, nearly came home in 2018.
Then the pandemic happened and things started to get out of hand. 2021 was labelled 'Hot Girl Summer' as restrictions were lifted, and now 2022 looks set to go one bigger. Why? Festivals. Loads of them. Not only is Glastonbury back after two long years but it’s also celebrating its 50th anniversary. That’s right, 50. As you can imagine, the line-up for this very special year is suitably spectacular.
Check out our top picks of the best acts to look forward to on the fields this summer.
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The six festival acts to watch out for this summer
Aside from his work on the Black Panther album, and his stand-out appearance at this year’s Super Bowl Half-Time show, King Kendrick has been eerily quiet these past few years. Well, loyal subjects, the wait is finally over. No, we’re not talking about the Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper's highly anticipated new album Mr Morale & The Big Steppers; after originally being booked to headline Glastonbury Festival in 2020, Kendrick Lamar will finally be making his Worthy Farm debut in June, closing out the Pyramid Stage on Sunday night. What a finale.
Sam Fender has had quite the year: his second studio album Seventeen Going Under picked up Best Album at the NME Awards, he won another BRIT and his UK arena tour sold out as soon as the tickets went on sale. But there’s no time to rest – Fender’s summer is set to look even bigger. On top of supporting The Killers for their UK and Ireland dates in June, the North Shields artist will be headlining a number of festivals, including Radio 1’s Big Weekend in May; Finsbury Park, Tramlines and Truck Festival in July; and Victorious Festival in August. Oh, and he’s playing at Glastonbury too. Time for a lie down…
Playing the Sunday teatime Legend slot at Glastonbury means following in the footsteps of such superstars such as Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and Tom Jones. While headlining Worthy Farm might be a big deal, taking this prestigious slot on the Pyramid Stage is quite another. This year, for Glastonbury’s 50th birthday, the honour goes to Motown icon Diana Ross. Heading to Glasto as part of her “Thank You” UK tour, this will be the first time Ross has performed in the UK since 2008. You Can’t Hurry Legends.
Chase & Status
To celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June, we'll be toasting Her Maj's 70-year reign with a decadent four-day Bank Holiday weekend. Of course, if you're a Bristolian, that weekend marks another milestone of great importance: the 10th anniversary of Love Saves The Day. And who better to headline a two-day party at Bristol's biggest music festival than DnB behemoths Chase & Status? But don't worry if you're tangled up in bunting that weekend; in August, the trailblazing duo will be firing up another Bank Holiday weekend at London's Electric City. Expect a taste of their new sixth studio album What Came Before alongside beloved bangers like Blind Faith and End Credits.
Becky Hill has come a long way since The Voice UK. This February, the singer picked up her very first BRIT award for Best Dance Act and has released tune after tune with some of the biggest names in the genre. In the first few months of 2022 alone, she’s teamed up with the likes of Galantis, Wilkinson and David Guetta to add to her already-impressive catalogue of floor-fillers. This summer, Hill’s hits will fill the fields instead as she takes to the stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in May and Creamfields in August.
Billie Eilish’s records are countless — and we’re not just talking about her world records. Not only is she the youngest person to win an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe, but she’s also the only woman in history to sweep all four major Grammy categories. After winning Best Original Song for No Time To Die at this year’s Oscars, she became the first Academy-Award winner to be born in the 21st century too. So it’s only fitting, then, that she breaks another record this summer by becoming the youngest-ever solo headliner at Glastonbury. The 20-year-old artist will top the bill on Friday night this June.
Missed out on the chance to see these artists play at festivals this summer? No problem.
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