A new festival of punk, post-punk, electronica, techno and jazz will take over Brockwell Park in Brixton this summer.
Wide Awake festival is a collaborative creation from the original founders of festivals Field Day and LNZRT, as well as some of London’s best small underground music venues such as MOTH Club, The Shacklewell Arms, The Waiting Room and Peckham Audio.
And this year they are bringing in some big names with the latest round of line-up announcements from some of the most appealing sub-cultures across left field indie, post punk and electronica.
Acts announced include Mancunion post punk outfit, A Certain Ratio, genre-blending fan favourites Metronomy, the ethereal experimental textures of Charlotte Adigery, psyched out math pop from Squid, driving industrial punk from Dublin-based band The Murder Capital, and avant-pop dark wavers Shortparis bring the electronic sounds.
Metronomy lead singer, Joseph Mount, said: “Super psyched to be headlining Wide Awake festival 2020. It’s the coolest festival in the coolest city in the least cool country on the coolest continent in coolest known world.”
Other highlight acts include black midi, The Comet Is Coming, Crack Cloud, Daniel Avery, Drab Majesty, Dream Wife, Girl Band, Goat Girl, Lena Willikens, Los Bitchos and The Mauskovic Dance Band.
Wide Awake festival director, Marcus Weedon, said: “We’re ecstatic to be announcing the next wave of incredible artists that we have taken huge pleasure in supporting since their early days.
“Wide Awake is set to not only provide the platform for brilliant new bands, but also to pay homage to the established bands who have also supported us as independent venues.”
Taking place on June 5 2020, Wide Awake festival promises to delve into the underground scene to create a festival for underground music fans.
Wide Awake has also committed to zero waste in landfill sites and say they will leave no trace of litter.
They have banned single-use plastic and will only allow compostable packaging and cutlery onsite.
All traders and back-of-house waste will be recycled and the stage effects will be biodegradable.
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