Over 40+ names added to the R&L lineup
40+ new artists have been added to the 2022 line-up, including Ashnikko, Cassyette, Barns Courtney, Luude, and HO99O9 amongst many more, the 2022 BBC Introducing stage line-up has also been revealed, featuring the most exciting upcoming talent in rock, indie, alternative, hip-hop and dance. Offering a tour-de-force of cutting-edge and enthralling names in every genre, the three-day festival takes place on 26-28 August 2022, returning to Leeds.
Ashnikko is the blue haired pop provocateur whose music ricochets around themes of empowerment, vengeance and sexual positivity. She released her debut mixtape DEMIDEVIL last year, which swung punches at the patriarchy and turned the male gaze on itself again and again. Taking inspiration from trap, hyper-pop and gossamer, over-saturated imagery to formulate Ashnikko’s character, her genuine, bubble-gum persona has seen her infinitely shareable tracks rise to fame.
Promising to bring some heaviness to the bank holiday weekend are alt-rock trio Beauty School Dropout, who weave anthemic choruses and hip-hop sensibilities, alongside edgy, pop-rock personality PHEM and Brooklyn emo-punk Caspr. Also announced are the colossal Dublin six-piece Thumper, rock’n’roll revivalists The Skinner Brothers and garage-rock artist Taipei Houston. Fast-rising nu gen breakout star Cassyette, US rap-punk duo H09909, bluesy musician Barns Courtney, Gen Z punk-pop fire starter Daisy Brain, and Liverpudlians noise merchants Stone will also be playing, showcasing their fervent brand of fresh rock. From across the globe and holding the flag for their native Texas will be rap-rocker De’Wayne and bedroom DIY pop innovator Dayglow.
For pop earworms and singalong indie are charming indie Plymouth locals The Native alongside Australian pop daydreamer Mallrat, whose buoyant hooks have earnt her opening spots for Post Malone and Conan Gray. Cyber-pop sensation Glaive will also appear, having recently collaborated with pop-punk hero Machine Gun Kelly on the morbid ‘more than life’. The bank holiday weekend also welcomes the secretive 80s pop-influenced Police Car Collective, who infuse cerebral psych into their cloying love songs, in addition to TikTok pop superstar DYLAN.
Championing the freshest in hip-hop, the Reading and Leeds 2022 line-up also sees the addition of jazz-influenced grime artist Jords, viral ‘4am’ star JBee, and the grime-punk crossover of Joe Unknown. Multi-hyphenate Wes Nelson will also be making an appearance, showcasing his thrilling afrobeat-influenced bars.
BBC Introducing have also announced their stage line-up for 2022, showcasing an assortment of exciting new talent that they have supported over the last year. Kicking off with the announcement of left-field indie-psych outfit Honeyglaze, they are joined by CISI and the opinionated post-punkers DEADLETTER. Caity Baser will follow with her empowering retro soul, and Dolores Forever promises to floor audiences with their catchy pop-rock. Later, jangly indie heroes, Priestgate will whip up a storm before tongue-in-cheek indie purveyors BILK turn the storm into a tempest. Finally, alt-pop hitmaker and Berkshire local Dan D’Lion will headline the acclaimed stage.
Amidst the new wave of burgeoning acts occupying this lauded stage is Liverpool post punk four-piece Courting, spritely indie-pop quartet Corella, joined by talented songwriter Gabe Coulter, dreamy alt-pop singer Flowerovlove, the ever-relatable R&B of Jazmine Flowers, and Dublin trio Just Wondering. Radio 1 Live Lounge competition winners Uninvited’s fledgling indie will also be on show, alongside Nigerian-born Ayrshire-based hip-hop talent BEMZ. Non-binary ‘Queer + Black’ star Grove also joins, and Brockhampton co-signed Christian Alexander brings his acoustic melodies to the UK. The smooth neo-soul of Joesef acts as a hype-builder for the ever-enamouring Alissic, who promises a show to remember.
The mind-whirring Meduulla opens the Introducing Stage on Sunday, waking up the hazy arena with her earworm flow. Harking from Belfast, EMBY follows with his Mancunian drill and happy-go-lucky Cardiff outfit Panic Shack flirts willingly with a bleary-eyed audience. Things ramp up as ambitious pop challenger Claudia Valentina turns on the charm and the youthful, yet extremely festival-ready Anorak Patch bring their fresh indie to the stage. Lastly the glorious leftfield producer and vocalist Miso Extra will invite fans into her ‘Misoverse’ before embracing the sought-after headline slot, closing the festival’s stage for the night.
No Music On A Dead Planet
Alongside the huge announcement of artists joining the bill, Reading & Leeds’ organisers Festival Republic have announced that they are to fund a new research project within Music Declares Emergency. The project aims to drive grid connections to UK festivals and begin the transition of the UK outdoor live sector to grid power. Such a transition will ultimately reduce carbon emissions for the sector in relation to temporary power generation. Under the No Music On A Dead Planet banner, this grant marks a key moment in the transformation of the UK outdoor live music portfolio, and reinforces the commitment of Festival Republic to playing a leading role in creating a greener and more sustainable future for live music in the UK and beyond.