Wide Awake London announces first wave of 2023 acts

Wide Awake Festival, quickly becoming synonymous as one of London’s most unique festivals, situated in Brockwell Park, has announced an incredible first wave of acts for 2023. Taking place on May 27th 2023 the festival will see the likes of EROL ALKAN, A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, AROOJ AFTAB, HABIBI FUNK, SUNSET ROLLERCOASTER, GILLA BAND, LEBANON HANOVER, OSEES, TY SEGALL, GLASS BEAMS, MADMADMAD and ΣSTELLA perform, plus many more TBA.

Brought to life by some of Field Day’s original founders, Bad Vibrations, LNZRT and the creators behind some of London’s most iconic, small music venues: MOTH Club and The Shacklewell Arms this festival has been consummated through an adoration of music and a long history of exhilitating live shows across each of the sites.

Celebrated for their unmissable line-ups of leftfield indie, post punk, electronica, techno, and jazz curated by a selection of the capital’s most essential promoters. Wide Awake pride themselves at highlighting some of the best established and up and coming artists in the world today.

In-demand Taiwanese act SUNSET ROLLERCOASTER, renowned for their nostalgic vibes, will be performing alongside festival favourite EROL ALKAN and the explosive garage-punk band OSEES. Also joining the star studded bill is Irish noise rockers GILLA BAND, Berlin based HABIBI FUNK bringing with the eclectic sounds from the Arab world, legendary New York rockers A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS not to mention TY SEGALL, the Californian dreamer bringing his psych-influenced garage rock to this years event, with many more acts still to be announced.

Over the years the festival has played host to some of the most prestigious names in music and 2022’s line up was no exception to that, with the likes of Primal Scream present Screamadelica, Floating Points, Idles, Lena Willikens, black midi, Black Country, New Road, Fat White Family, Yard Act, Overmono, Fatoumata Diawara, Bicep, Caribou, Leon Vynehall, Working Men’s Club, Alewya, Call Super, Louise Chen, Moxie, Optimo and Young Marco dominating the festival.

There’s a feeling amongst us all at Wide Awake that the 2023 lineup is the most varied and interesting so far. Osees and Ty Segall are the types of catalysts that inspire a generation.

We’re lucky enough to also have the next gen with Glass Beams, Estella and a whole cohort of brilliant new acts we know you’ll all become massive fans of. And A Place To Bury Strangers represent everything about DIY music and that ethic. Wide Awake evolved out of a warehouse festival they played and we cannot wait to have them back.

The best thing? This is just the first announcement. We’ve got plenty more we’re really excited to share with you.

Keith Miller, Wide Awake Festival Booker & Co-Founder