Glastonbury 2022: Little Simz, Róisín Murphy and Bicep to headline West Holts Stage

Little Simz, Róisín Murphy and Bicep have been announced as the headliners of Glastonbury 2022’s West Holts Stage.

This line-up news is the latest to emerge from the Worthy Farm festival, which returns from June 22-26, following the reveal of the bills for the Park, Croissant Neuf, Acoustic Stage, GladeCommonLeft Field and Shangri-La areas.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis previously confirmed that Simz would top the bill on the festival’s West Holts Stage this year, and it’s now been announced that Murphy and Bicep will join the rapper in headlining the stage in 2022.

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The day splits for the West Holts Stage have also been confirmed this morning (May 24). Sleaford Mods, TLC and Bonobo will perform before Little Simz headlines on the Friday of the festival (June 24), while Black Midi, Caribou, Celeste and Leon Bridges will all play ahead of Murphy on the Saturday (June 25).

Bicep’s closing set on the Sunday (June 26) is preceded by performances from acts including Nubya Garcia, Emma-Jean Thackray, Koffee and Angélique Kidjo.

“West Holts is back, literally larger than ever and ready to take another musical trip through the best weekend of our lives,” a statement on Glastonbury’s website reads.

“West Holts hosts an outernational soundclash of beats, bass, rhythms and rhymes. It’s a place to catch some of the most lauded names in jazz, electronica, reggae, R&B, rap and beyond. At night it’s generally party central, but the days offer a finely curated mix of acts that swings from the familiar to the far out.

“It’s not just the music that pulls people to West Holts, though. The field always has a great vibe, assisted by a couple of choice bars and some of the best food stalls on site.”

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The official festival site map was shared earlier this month by Glastonbury organisers.

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Disclosure and Jessie Ware join packed MEO KALORAMA Festival line-up

Disclosure and Jessie Ware are among the latest additions to the line-up of the inaugural MEO KALORAMA Festival in Portugal.

The event, which will run from September 1-3, will take place in Bela Vista Park in Lisbon.

The Chemical Brothers and Arctic Monkeys will headline the first two nights of MEO KALORAMA (September 1 and 2 respectively), with the likes of Kraftwerk, James Blake, Bonobo, Róisín Murphy, Years & Years and Blossoms also on the bill.

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MEO KALORAMA have added more names to their line-up this week, with Disclosure set to top the bill on the festival’s final night (September 3).

Ware, Jake Shears, Crawlers and the Brazilian artist Marina Sena have also joined the line-up, which further includes Golden Slumbers, Xinobi Live, Club Makumba, Fred, D’Alva and Bruno Pernadas. You can see the updated bill for MEO KALORAMA Festival 2022 below.

MEO KALORAMA Festival 2022 line-up
MEO KALORAMA Festival 2022 line-up

You can find tickets for MEO KALORAMA Festival by heading here, and more information about this year’s festival here.

Jessie Ware will also perform at Glastonbury, The Mighty Hoopla, Parklife, The Isle Of Wight Festival and Primavera this summer.

Disclosure are set to make headline appearances at Boardmasters and All Point East Festival in August.

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MEO KALORAMA headliners Arctic Monkeys are expected to release new music later this year, with their drummer Matt Helders revealing earlier this week that the band’s next album will be in a similar vein to 2018’s ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’.

“I mean, it’s never gonna be like [2012 ‘AM’ single] ‘R U Mine?’ and all that stuff again, you know, the heavy riffs and stuff,” he said.

“But there are riffs in there and [it’s] a bit more up-tempo, even though it’s not loud… It’s hard to explain!”

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The Killers to headline Poland’s Open’er Festival 2022

The Killers have been announced as one of the headliners of Poland’s Open’er Festival 2022.

The indie rockers join dozens of acts already announced for the festival, which is held at Gdynia-Kosakowo airport, and will top the bill on July 2.

Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots, Playboi Carti, Martin Garrix, The Chemical Brothers, Måneskin, Megan Thee Stallion, Glass Animals, Gunna, Clairo, Tove Lo, Little Simz, Jessie Ware, Royal Blood, Years And Years, The Smile and Michael Kiwanuka are all booked for the festival, which runs from June 29-July 2.

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The Killers previously headlined the 2020 edition of the Polish festival.

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Open’er Festival is operating in solidarity with Ukraine and says it “will be a place of support for Ukrainians facing the barbaric Russian aggression of their country”.

A special initiative “Wspierajmy Ukrainę na koncertach / Support Ukraine at concerts” will take place during the festival to help the actions of Polish Center For International Aid. Find more information here.

Four-day tickets are priced at €150 (£126), while four-day tickets with camping cost €175 (£147). Two-day tickets cost €105 (£88), but with camping are priced at €125 (£105). One-day tickets cost €75 (£63). Tickets remain on sale until June 6 or while the promotional tickets stock lasts (depending on what takes place first). Buy here.

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Last month The Killers debuted several songs for the first time in Las Vegas.

The group kicked off their ‘Imploding The Mirage’ tour in Vegas and opened with the live debut of ‘My Own Soul’s Warning’, later followed by ‘Running Towards A Place’, ‘Fire In Bone’ and ‘The Getting By II’.

Elsewhere, the 21-strong set contained hits from throughout their career including ‘Mr Brightside’, ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ and ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’.

The band’s most recent album is ‘Pressure Machine’ – check out NME‘s four-star review here.

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Red Velvet, EXO’s Suho, and Chung Ha lead London’s MIK Festival 2022 line-up

Red Velvet, EXO’s Suho, Chung Ha and more have been confirmed for MIK Festival 2022, which will take place in London.

The one-day event, whose name stands for Made In Korea Festival,  is billed as “the biggest outdoor K-pop festival in Europe ever”.

SM Entertainment girl group Red Velvet will top the bill in Southwark Park on July 30, joined by acts including Suho, Chung Ha, Pentagon and Golden Child. Newer artists, such as VIVIZ – the new group from GFriend’s SinB, Eunha and Umji – FNC Entertainment’s Cherry Bullet and rookie girl group Billlie, will also appear.

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More acts are still to be announced for the festival, which will run from 12pm to 9pm. Tickets are yet to go on sale but will be priced at £108 for general admission and £168 for golden circle, according to MIK’s Instagram.

The festival will also feature K-fashion, K-lifestyle, K-culture, street food, drinks, dance, flash mobs and more. You can find more information on the MIK Festival website.

MIK Festival follows the announcement that HallyuPopFest, which launched in Singapore in 2018, will be held in London this year. That event will take place at the OVO Arena Wembley between July 9-10, with acts including Hwasa, Kai, KEP1ER, CRAVITY, EVERGLOW, P1Harmony and more.

Red Velvet released their latest mini-album ‘The ReVe Festival 2022 – Feel My Rhythm’ in March. In a three-star review, NME said: “[The record] feels considerably substandard, if only because of its repetitive flavours and unimaginative spins on genres.

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“Compared to their earlier outputs, this one is less an inviting carnival and more a festival that you’ve been to one too many times – save for the occasional new attraction, it’s nothing you’ve never seen before.”

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Ukraine’s 2021 Eurovision entry to perform at Glastonbury

Ukraine’s 2021 Eurovision entry Go-A are set to play Glastonbury Festival next month, according to the band.

The electro-folk band were selected to represent their country in 2020, but competed in 2021 instead after the previous competition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. They placed fifth at the event in Rotterdam with their song ‘SHUM’.

Posting on Facebook last week (May 13), Go-A self-confirmed themselves for a slot at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. “Friends, we have extraordinary news!” They wrote. “We are coming to Glastonbury!

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“We’ll be playing the legendary Glastonbury British Festival this summer. This fest is one of the largest music events, bringing hundreds of thousands of people from all over the planet. Glastonbury’s 50-year history featured all of the world’s most famous artists on a stage. We are incredibly honoured to have our band name featured in this year’s lineup.”

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They went on to reveal they would be performing on the John Peel Stage, highlighting the stage’s legacy as one that introduces future legends to the world including the likes of “Florence + The Machine, The xx, Daughter, The Killers, London Grammar and more”. “Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?” They wrote. “See you on June 25 at Glastonbury Festivals. Let’s make music history together!”

The band also called on promoters in the UK to book them for additional concerts around the festival, promising to give the proceeds from any shows to “support the Ukrainian army”.

Go-A UK concerts
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Go-A formed in 2012 and won the title of Best Track in Ukraine in 2015 for their single ‘Vesnianka’. They have released one album so far, 2016’s ‘Іди на звук’ or ‘Follow The Tune’.

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Meanwhile, Ukraine won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest last night (May 14) with Kalush Orchestra’s ‘Stefania’. The group has since shared an official video for the track, which was shot in the cities of Bucha, Irpin, Borodyanka and Hostomel, all of which were bombed during the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

At the end of the video, a message reads: “This video was filmed in Bucha, Irpin, Borodyanka, Hostomel, cities near Kyiv that suffered the horrors of Russian occupation. Dedicated to the brave Ukrainian people, to the mothers protecting their children, to all those who gave their lives for our freedom. Every man, every woman, every innocent child.

“The war in Ukraine has multiple faces, but it is our mother’s face that keeps our hearts alive in the darkest times. Stand with Ukraine!”

You can donate here to the Red Cross to help those affected by the conflict in Ukraine, or via a number of other ways through Choose Love.

In other Glastonbury news, festival organisers have slowly been confirming the line-ups for individual stages, including the Acoustic Stage, The Glade, The Common and Croissant Neuf. The festival will take place at Worthy Farm between June 22-26.

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