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Music festivals are going bigger and better than ever for 2022 – City A.M.

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Roaring from the campsite to the main stage, you take a swig from a friend’s hip flask before the two of you notice that – uh oh – that group over there have the same fancy dress on. Briefly stop, have a chat, compare outfits – then form a lifelong friendship or two. And then onwards, into the night.
Festivals have for thousands of years acted as cultural glue, binding us together over music, arts and food and drink in safe spaces where we can bombastically celebrate life. We don’t have to worry about trains, buses, or getting home – we can fall into a tent to sleep (with or without a festival dalliance to cosy up with in our sleeping bag.)
While a handful of lucky festivals went ahead last year, silence loomed over many fields these past 24 months as lockdowns hit – fields that should have been filled by glorious rackets from electric guitars, drunk punters and chefs cooking up fine food (it isn’t all just music, you know).
But as we approach what we’re hoping will be the first summer of normality since 2019, UK festival runners are realising there’s an opportunity for change. Whether by expanding their offerings, bringing back old favourite events or birthing new festivals, 2022 is an exciting time to be spending the summer in a field.
“We’ve really crammed the line-up full this year,” says Keith Miller, founder of Wide Awake festival taking place in Brockwell Park from 27-28 May.
Wide Awake is one of a cohort of festivals upping the anti in a bid to stand out in a crowded festival market in the first proper year post C-word. They’ve expanded to a two-day event for the first time and they aren’t alone. Another London festival, Gala, 2 – 4 June, has gone three-day, and LGBTQ festival Mighty Hoopla, 3 – 4 June, also runs over two days for the first time. “There are so many bands that haven’t had a chance to play, so many new DJs that have got music out, let’s try and get the industry going,” adds Miller.
Festival die-hards may be most excited by the return of Secret Garden Party on 21 – 24 July this year. Launched in 2003 as an antidote to the music-focussed festivals, SGP offered something different – immersive art installations, 2am worse-for-wear punt trips across a pitch-black lake and, one year, a fake portaloo door led into a field of sunflowers where punters could run free.
After bowing out of the festival scene permanently in 2017, they promised never to return – but the pandemic seems to have changed their fortune. “That’s nostalgia,” says Miller, commenting on SGP’s return. “After having two years off, there’s an appetite for people just wanting to have a really fun time.”
On the opposite side of the coin, Risen is a brand new festival for 2022. Taking place on 9 April and staged in venues across Hackney Wick, founders Kitty Bartlett and Alice Franklin are taking things further, not only championing new artists who were holed up due to Covid but a wholly non-male line-up of women and gender diverse people. “We have some people doing their first ever festival sets, which is really exciting,” says Bartlett. “It’s actually given us more room to be creative with the line-up, instead of just going and booking your [famous techno DJ] Blessed Madonna’s, etcetera…”
“We’ve focused on and championed our UK scene around us,” says Franklin. “International restrictions give us more of an opportunity to do that.”
The return of the world’s best festival, Glastonbury (taking place 22 – 26 June) for the first time in three years is the biggest news, but if you haven’t got tickets for that – who has? – then get in line for equally creative efforts elsewhere. Boomtown, running from 10 – 14 August, takes a more experimental, immersive approach to the punter experience than Glastonbury: expect to be dragged away from your friends by a Boomtown ‘resident’ festooned with barmy clothes and hauled behind a secret doorway to experience some weird offbeat cabaret experience. Standing by a main stage and waiting for a famous band to come on this is not.
In fact, for the first time ever – are you sensing a trend here? – Boomtown is exploiting the chance to do things differently by not announcing their music line-up until days before the event, taking the emphasis away from big acts and onto the broader experience on site.
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If being accosted by actors sounds more like hell than hedonism, try Bigfoot, which had its first year last year and, remarkably, was also the first music festival to welcome campers back since before, yep, before that whole saga. “We launched with social distancing being the name of the game” says Greg Wells of Bigfoot, which this year takes place 17 – 19 June. “Now we can build Bigfoot as we envisaged. Our new site is perfect, centred around a lake and forest, and means we can entwine music, brewery festival taprooms, and food around all the camping.”
Casting his mind back to the inaugural festival last year Wells adds: “The joy and emotion was intense – we are social animals and what better way to forget lockdowns than the world’s first craft beer music festival?”
We’ll drink to that.
Fancy music festivals to book for a luxurious experience
Wilderness
Adam Handling, Will Devlin and Niklas Ekstedt are three of the Michelin-starred chefs cooking at Wilderness festival in Oxfordshire this year, which takes lavish banquet festing just as seriously as its music programming. Best book the dining experiences ahead of time, or face the risk of David Cameron – remember when he was pictured here? – nabbing the last seat before you.
Lost Village
A bit like Wilderness but up north in Lincolnshire, Lost Village has an impressive gastronomic line-up and the chefs are cooking around a lovely lake at one end of the festival site. Again, book ahead, and make sure to pop into the offbeat circus and cabaret area to feel like you’ve stepped back in time to entertainment’s past.
Standon Calling
There’s a dog show at this beautiful Hertfordshire festival, which is particularly focussed around families. It’s the UK’s only festival with a heated swimming pool too (!) – but don’t worry, the nightlife makes just as big a splash on the line-up.
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Eurovision 2023: The running order of the semifinals has been revealed!

Greece’s song for Eurovision 2023, by Victor Vernicos, was released a few days ago with the title “What They Say”!

The Eurovisionfun team once again watched and reacted to the official video clip of the country’s entry for the upcoming Eurovision contest! Enjoy Apostolos, Paschalis, Stella and Apostolis in a Reaction video with detailed commentary on Greece‘s participation, for 2023!.

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The analyzes of the fans and not only for a few minutes have been on fire, since the theories based on the prehistory of the countries in the contest, are a first picture of how passable is the qualification to the final or not. In other words, it’s time to make our predictions about who will advance to the final and who are the favorites to say goodbye to Liverpool early…

Turin will host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest from May 9th to 13th at the Liverpool Arena. The motto of this year’s event, as chosen by the organizers is “The Sound of Beauty”.

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Beyonce UK Renaissance Tour 2023: Dates & How To Get Tickets

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Calling all members of the Bey Hive! The time has finally come. Beyoncé has announced that she will be touring her latest album, ‘Renaissance’, released in July last year. Much to our delight, the superstar confirmed the live dates were happening at the Wearable Art Gala in California on October 22, when two tickets and a full backstage pass were put on auction.

Although the rumours of the 2023 tour have been confirmed, there still remains a lot of speculation around the dates of the UK leg, as well as whether Beyonce will be joining Elton John as a headliner at Glastonbury 2023. There is a lot of hype around Bey returning to British shores and a lot of fans will be trying to secure their seats to see her perform. We expect that when the tickets drop for ‘Renaissance’ in the UK they will sell out mega fast, so make sure to keep an eye out.

If you want to find out how to cuff your tickets to the ‘Renaissance’ tour then keep reading. Here is everything you need to know about Beyoncé’s 2023 UK shows.

The singer has been very secretive with any news of her tour and is yet to release any dates of pre-sale or general sale tickets. In true Bey fashion, she is keeping the Bey Hive very much on its toes.

No tickets have been released yet, so we don’t know exactly how much the ‘Renaissance’ tickets will cost. However, it is likely that the price will depend on where you sit.

For her ‘Formation’ tour shows in the UK, Beyonce’s tickets ranged from £77.50 to £385. It can only be assumed that tickets for this much-awaited tour won’t come cheap and may be much higher than that.

The ‘Break My Soul’ singer is yet to release any dates or venues for her ‘Renaissance’ tour and could announce them at any moment.

During her previous tours of the UK, Beyonce has made recurring visits to venues in London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester. We can only hope that she will be making a return to these areas in her upcoming tour.

Now that the tour has been announced, there has been a lot of speculation around who Bey will be choosing to follow her around the world to open the show for her.

There have been rumours that Beyoncé has been considering British girl group Flo, who will receive the Rising Star Award at the 2023 Brit Awards. Other potential openers who will join Bey on stage are the Nigerian singer Tems, as well as English singer and rapper Bree Runway.
Beyonce’s last tour in the UK was back in 2018 with her husband Jay-Z for her show ‘On The Run II’. The couple performed a total of six acts that included a mix of both of the stars’ songs such as ‘Crazy in Love’, ‘99 Problems’ and ‘Run the World (Girls)’.

They started the tour in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London before moving onto the rest of Europe and finishing the tour back in the USA.

Before that, Bey toured the UK in 2016 with The Formation World Tour in support of her album ‘Lemonade’.

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11 Best Music Festivals of 2022 – Esquire

You may have missed Coachella but there are plenty of open air raves left to be had this year.
Back in 2020, many didn’t believe that we’d be rubbing shoulders with fellow-music lovers and screaming lyrics to our favorite songs at music venues together. With .css-umdwtv{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;text-decoration-thickness:.0625rem;text-decoration-color:#FF3A30;text-underline-offset:0.25rem;color:inherit;-webkit-transition:background 0.4s;transition:background 0.4s;background:linear-gradient(#ffffff, #ffffff 50%, #d5dbe3 50%, #d5dbe3);-webkit-background-size:100% 200%;background-size:100% 200%;}.css-umdwtv:hover{color:#000000;text-decoration-color:border-link-body-hover;-webkit-background-position:100% 100%;background-position:100% 100%;}Coachella back this year, one thing is clear for 2022: music festivals have been normalized again. Maybe you went and are desperate for more, wondering what to do with that leftover festival fever. Maybe you didn’t and the jealousy is too much to bear. Either way, don’t fret, Esquire complied a list of music festivals taking place the rest of the year.
Miami, FL – May 20-22
Minneapolis, MN – June 18-19
Afropunk is back again this year and is bringing with it the usual: groundbreaking arts, fashion and music from the Black community. Ari Lennox, Noname and Mereba are all set to perform at the festival, which will take place in Miami in May, and in Minneapolis over Juneteenth weekend, marking the first ever Afropunk event in the Midwest.
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Boston, MA
May 27-29

Boston Calling Music Festival is looking to make Memorial Day weekend one to remember. Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes and Metallica are all set to headline the three-day festival. The former are joined by impressive acts such as Haim, Weezer, Avril Lavigne, Black Pumas and more.
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New York, NY
June 10-12

Governors Ball, as always, will deliver another year incredible music, and some of the best NYC eats. This year festival-goers will be heading to Citi Field Lots, Queens to see the likes of Kid Cudi, Halsey and J-Cole, Roddy Ricch, Glass Animals, among others.
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Manchester, TN
June 16-19

Described as «the most positive place on this planet,» Bonnaroo is the place to be this summer. This year’s acts include Ludacris, 100 Gecs, and Marc Rebillet. There’s also a ton of electronic and pop punk acts set to perform at Bonnaroo. If you’ve never experienced Bonnaroo, it may be time for you to put on your camping shoes and head to Tennessee.
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Chicago, IL
July 15-16

If you’re wondering where all of the cool alternative artists will be this summer, you can find them at Pitchfork. For years, Pitchfork has been tagging themselves as «the most trusted voice in music.» Based on this year’s line-up, Pitchfork definitely has a taste for great music. Artists such as The National, Mitski and The Roots will be headlining the three-day weekend, where they’ll be followed by a slew of talented acts like Japanese Breakfast, Earl Sweatshirt, Tierra Whack, Amber Mark and more.
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Newport, RI
July 22-24

Being one of the first modern music festivals in the US with a 60-year-run, you can expect Newport Festival to be nothing short of extraordinary. For decades the festival has boasted renowned performances and an astounding cultural atmosphere. This year is no different, with artists all the way from Clairo to Beebadoobee, Buffalo Nichols, Maren Morris and more set to take the stage in Rhode Island.
Tickets are currently sold out, but there is an option to join the waitlist.
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Chicago, IL
July 28-31

LollaPalooza, the Chicago-based festival, is back this year with Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Green Day, Lil Baby, Kygo and many others. Alongside a myriad of colorful outfits, you can expect to find incredible restaurants in the Windy City.
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Las Vegas, NV
September 16-18

Life is Beautiful festival coming to the Las Vegas area this September. Alongside music, the festival also offers culinary, art, and learning experiences in Downtown Vegas. This seems like a wonderful bonus to an incredible lineup. Artists like Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Jack Harlow and more are set to perform.
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Los Angeles, CA
September 16-18

After being canceled for the past two years, due to COVID-19, Primavera Sound is ready to shake American audiences. Artists such as James Blake, Nine Inch Nails, Cigarettes After Sex, Lorde, King Krule and many others are booked for the festival’s 2022 debut.
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Franklin, TN
September 24-25

The multi-genre weekend festival is set to make its eight year return this September. Chris Stapleton and Brandi Carlisle, who both received Grammy nominations this year, are set to headline the festival. Another Grammy winner on the bill is Jon Batiste, who actually earned the highest number of nominations by the Recording Academy this year. The complete line-up also features a number of other impressive musicians like The Avett Brothers, Elle King, Lennon Stella, Lake Street Drive and more.
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Las Vegas, NV
October 22-29

Emo and Pop-Punk fans can rejoice because all of your favorite artists are set to take the stage in Las Vegas this Fall with the When We Were Young Festival. The new festival boast an impeccable set list, which is already sold out. Artists such as Bring Me To the Horizon, Pierce the Veil, Avril Lavigne, Sleeping With Sirens are set to perform. Paramore and My Chemical Romance will be the festival’s headliners.
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Ammal Hassan is a writer and Esquire’s Snapchat Editor. She covers all things culture with a focus on music and pop culture. She is from Nairobi, Kenya and lives in New York City. 
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