Watchet Festival 2022 confirmed...First Act Announced

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Having enjoyed a triumphant return in 2021 after a COVID-enforced hiatus, the Queen’s Award-winning Watchet Festival will again return to its beautiful West Somerset site in 2022.

With full weekend camping tickets costing less than £100, Watchet Festival remains one of the very best value festivals in the UK.

Making her debut appearance on the festival’s hallowed main stage, Friday’s headliner is none other than 80’s pop legend and recent Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, Belinda Carlisle. With a career spanning over forty years, covering stints in both the Go-Go’s (one of the most successful all female alt-bands of all time), and as a hugely successful solo artist, Belinda Carlisle will dazzle the Watchet Festival crowd with hit after hit, including the utterly iconic, ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’.

Returning to Watchet due to massive popular demand are Friday’s co-headliners Scouting For Girls. Scouting For Girls are responsible for a huge number of indie-pop classics such as She So Lovely’, ‘Elvis Aint Dead’ and This Ain't a Love Song.

They’ve sold over 2,000,000 records and have been nominated for no less than four Brit Awards and an Ivor Novello.

Also returning to Watchet after barnstorming performances in previous years are the mighty Dreadzone, the self-titled ‘Greatest Show On Earth (in tank-tops)’ aka the Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican; and Alabama 3, the Brixton-based ‘acid-country’ band best known for writing the legendary theme from The Sopranos.

Acts joining the always eclectic Watchet line up for the first time include Bristol’s very own hip-hop & funk infused 8-piece brass band Cut Capers who will bring the festival to a close, headlining the Udder Stage on Sunday night.

Folk-punk troubadours Skinny Lister will tear up the main stage on Saturday evening with the same blast of high octane energy that has powered them for hundreds of live shows across the UK, Europe and the US – including a prestigious slot at Coachella.

With numerous main stage acts, including both Saturday and Sunday’s major name headliners still to be announced, 2022 is gearing up to be the biggest line up in Watchet Festival’s history.

Watchet Festival is a not-for-profit family festival with amazing views of the West Somerset coastline and beyond. Three live stages host more than 100 live acts, bringing a wide range of high-calibre musical acts not normally found performing in West Somerset, at a very affordable price. Full Adult weekend camping tickets are under £100, less than half the cost of many comparable festivals.

Watchet 2022 is set to continue the festival’s tradition of completely selling out in advance. The traditional discounted early-bird release sold out in minutes, and half of the festival full capacity have been sold, this incudes 75% of the camping allocation. Campervan tickets have already sold out.

Alongside an incredible line up and a wide variety of high-quality food stalls, the extensive in-house Cider and Real Ale prices are kept as low as possible, providing one of the best-value refreshments offerings to be found at any event in the UK.

Watchet LIVE Festival will once again support a wide variety of local charities, including Elliott’s Touch, Freddie Pring Memorial Trust, and Mind Mental Health.    

Published on 20 February 2022 by Ben Robinson

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