We’re Now Just Around The Corner From One Of London’s Most Exciting Festivals • Wide Awake

We’re a real sucker for Summer festivals here at Secret London – I mean who isn’t – and that’s why we’re so psyched for Wide Awake, which kickstarts what promises to be one hell of a good Summer on Saturday May 27.

A group of friends enjoying the sunshine at Wide Awake festival
Photo: Luke Dyson

Continuing to curate future-facing lineups, both musically and culturally, the independent Wide Awake prides itself on their dynamic celebration of independent music and counter-culture, featuring everything from leftfield indie to post-punk, and from electronica to techno.

As always, their festival line-up supports ‘Keychange’, the equal gender bill, and has a completely equal gender split – and 2023 will see them work further on their sustainable ‘Positive Policy’, which was set up to change the way live music events affect our planet.

The lineup poster for Wide Awake festival in Brixton
Photo: Wide Awake

Featuring on the roster this year at the Brixton-based festival is headliner and all-around global sensation Caroline Polachek, who’s latest LP ‘Desire, I Want to Turn Into You’ was released back in February to major critical acclaim. Playing alongside her is English rapper, DJ, singer-songwriter and record label head Shygirl, dancefloor connoisseur Joy Orbison, electronic legend Daniel Avery, the visionary duo Jockstrap and techno duo Two Shell in their only London festival appearance.

Add in Alex G, Viagra Boys, Black Country, New Road, Tirzah, Los Bitchos, Civic, Wasted Youth, Clamm, Nice Biscuit, Jjuuujjuu and Warmduscher and you can see why we’re so hyped for this one!

Two DJs performing at Wide Awake festival in South London
Photo: Luke Dyson

But it’s not all about the music at Wide Awake. Political and social activists Hate Zine will have a physical presence this year at the festival with a focus on POC, LGBTQ+, political and environmental publications alongside a programme of workshops and panel discussions on a range of topics from renters unions, climate activism, immigration and support for women in music.

Crowds of people enjoying themselves at Wide Awake festival in London
Photo: Anna Castaldi

Rough Trade will be back in the field with a killer line-up of album and vinyl signings, and the London Brewers Market will be back on site once again. Run by the Five Points Brewing Co., you’ll be able to sip your way through a whole host of incredible brews and learn all about the lively independent brewing scene in London.

A band performing at the beloved Wide Awake festival in Brockwell Park
Photo: Anna Castaldi

Plus, Wide Awake will be supporting the charity ‘Something To Look Forward To’ this year, who run a website for people with cancer and their families to access a variety of gifts generously donated by people and companies. They’ll be offering tickets to the platform and giving a donation too, and are also supporting the charity ‘Music Minds Matter’, who provide access to mental health resources and support for both artists and crew on the road.