THE UK’S BIGGEST RETRO FESTIVAL SERIES
HEADLINERS INCLUDE SQUEEZE (MAKING THEIR LET’S ROCK DEBUT), BILLY OCEAN, ADAM ANT, OMD, THE HUMAN LEAGUE & WET WET WET
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The UK’s biggest retro festival series Let’s Rock have announced their 2022 headliners and performers. In a line-up packed with pop icons, Let’s Rock 2022 headliners include Billy Ocean, Adam Ant, OMD, The Human League, Wet Wet Wet, and – making their Let’s Rock debut – Squeeze.
A celebration of all things pop and Eighties, Let’s Rock offers gloriously unpretentious non-stop fun, with legendary artists performing hit after hit to a crowd of all ages. Each of the fourteen one-day festivals features one or two headliner acts plus a host of stars from the era when pop ruled the world, including ABC, Level 42, Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), Nik Kershaw, Jason Donovan, Tony Hadley, Nick Heyward, The Selecter, Go West, Belinda Carlisle, Toyah, Scritti Politti, Johnny Hates Jazz, Bad Manners, Pigbag & many, many more.
“We’ve heard great things about Let’s Rock and are looking forward to making our debut next summer with a headline set,” say Squeeze, who took British new wave rock around the world with hits including “Cool For Cats”, “Up The Junction” and “Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)”, songs that still sound as fresh and original today as when they were written.
Returning to headline in 2022 are electropop pioneers OMD, whose frontman Andy McCluskey describes Let’s Rock as “The best music party with our best music friends!”, while fellow headliner and Let’s Rock legend Billy Ocean says, “I genuinely love playing Let’s Rock, the atmosphere is always brilliant. Ten thousand crazy fans singing your songs back to you – what could be better?!”
Also returning in 2022 are new romantic icons ABC whose singer Martin Fry adds, “Really looking forward to performing at the Let’s Rock festivals. Sunshine guaranteed. Last time round was incredible from the audience through to every act involved. See you there.”
Next year sees the return of a full schedule of Let’s Rock festivals, which run all over the UK & Eire from late May to early September. Despite the tremendous difficulties they faced Let’s Rock managed to successfully host eight festivals this year. Tickets for the summer 2021 events that had to be postponed – Let’s Rock The Moor, Let’s Rock Wales, Let’s Rock Essex, Let’s Rock Kent, Let’s Rock Northern Ireland and Let’s Rock Ireland – remain valid for 2022.
2019 was the last time Let’s Rock were able to run a full summer of festivals and they attracted a total audience of over 150,000 across twelve locations. With the addition of two more festival sites for 2022, next years’ Let’s Rock promises to be the biggest yet.
Let’s Rock organisers Nick Billinghurst & Matt Smith commented, “We’ve been humbled by the loyalty and passion of the Let’s Rock family who have stuck with us through what has been an incredibly challenging couple of years. We’re so excited to be back with a full summer of shows in 2022 with what we believe is our best ever line-up. We genuinely can’t wait to see you all there.”
Let’s Rock works with many amazing charities including official charity partner Child Bereavement UK, who support families and educate professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a family is facing bereavement. With their festivals unable to take place during 2020, Let’s Rock organised three online festivals which drew an estimated audience of three million and raised £200,000 for the charity.
LET’S ROCK FESTIVAL SERIES 2022
(HEADLINERS IN BOLD)
MAY 21 LET’S ROCK THE MOOR – MARSH MEADOW, COOKHAM, BERKS
SQUEEZE + WET WET WET, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWOOD, GO WEST, PIGBAG, THE SELECTER, JASON DONOVAN, SCRITTI POLITTI, JOHNNY HATES JAZZ & MANY MORE
MAY 28 LET’S ROCK NORWICH – EARLHAM PARK, NORWICH
THE HUMAN LEAGUE, BILLY OCEAN + LEVEL 42, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, NIK KERSHAW, THE SELECTER, KID CREOLE, SCRITTI POLITTI & MANY MORE
JUNE 4 LET’S ROCK WALES – TREDEGAR PARK, NEWPORT
ADAM ANT, OMD + ABC, HOWARD JONES, KIM WILDE, JAKI GRAHAM, CHESNEY HAWKES, BETTY BOO, T’PAU, HUE & CRY & MANY MORE
JUNE 11 LET’S ROCK THE NORTH EAST – HERRINGTON COUNTRY PARK, SUNDERLAND
BILLY OCEAN, WET WET WET + LEVEL 42, TONY HADLEY, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, BAD MANNERS, SCRITTI POLITTI, JOHNNY HATES JAZZ, MUSICAL YOUTH & MANY MORE
JUNE 18 LET’S ROCK SCOTLAND – DALKEITH COUNTRY PARK, MIDLOTHIAN
OMD, SQUEEZE + LEVEL 42, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, PIGBAG, THE SELECTER, TOYAH, SCRITTI POLITTI, MUSICAL YOUTH & MANY MORE
JUNE 25 LET’S ROCK LEEDS – TEMPLE NEWSAM, LEEDS
WET WET WET, BILLY OCEAN + TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, GO WEST, NIK KERSHAW, BAD MANNERS, BELINDA CARLISLE, SCRITTI POLITTI, JOHNNY HATES JAZZ & MANY MORE
JULY 2 LET’S ROCK EXETER – POWDERHAM CASTLE, KENTON, EXETER
THE HUMAN LEAGUE, OMD + BILLY OCEAN, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, GO WEST, THE SELECTER, BELINDA CARLISLE, SCRITTI POLITTI & MANY MORE
JULY 9 LET’S ROCK SOUTHAMPTON – SOUTHAMPTON COMMON, SOUTHAMPTON
ADAM ANT, BILLY OCEAN + TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, TONY HADLEY, SCRITTI POLITTI, BAD MANNERS, BELINDA CARLISLE, ROLAND GIFT & MANY MORE
JULY 16 LET’S ROCK SHREWSBURY – THE QUARRY, SHREWSBURY
WET WET WET, BILLY OCEAN + TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, TONY HADLEY, SCRITTI POLITTI, BAD MANNERS, BELINDA CARLISLE, KID CREOLE & MANY MORE
JULY 30 LET’S ROCK LIVERPOOL – WAVERTREE PLAYING FIELDS (MYSTERY)
BILLY OCEAN, CO-HEADLINER TBA + LEVEL 42, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, GO WEST, BAD MANNERS, BELINDA CARLISLE, THE FARM, PIGBAG, JOHNNY HATES JAZZ & MANY MORE
AUGUST 6 LET’S ROCK NORTHERN IRELAND – WARD PARK, BANGOR
ADAM ANT, WET WET WET + ABC, HOWARD JONES, MARC ALMOND, SISTER SLEDGE, THE REAL THING, CHESNEY HAWKES, TOYAH, T’PAU & MANY MORE
AUGUST 13 LET’S ROCK IRELAND – FAIRYHOUSE RACECOURSE, COUNTY MEATH
ADAM ANT, BILLY OCEAN + ABC, HOWARD JONES, TONY HADLEY, SISTER SLEDGE, GO WEST, NIK KERSHAW & MANY MORE
SEPT 3 LET’S ROCK KENT – MOTE PARK, MAIDSTONE
WET WET WET, BANANARAMA + ABC, HOWARD JONES, SISTER SLEDGE, MIDGE URE, GO WEST, NIK KERSHAW, CHESNEY HAWKES, THE REAL THING & MANY MORE
SEPT 10 LET’S ROCK ESSEX – KINGS FARM, MARGARETTING ROAD, CHELMSFORD
ADAM ANT, OMD + ABC, HOWARD JONES, MARC ALMOND, HEATHER SMALL, PETE WYLIE, LIVING IN A BOX, TOYAH & MANY MORE