MADE Festival was one of the very few festivals which took place last summer with organisers determined to deliver the festival and celebration that the West Midlands needed. It turned out to be an incredible event with thousands safely enjoying live music again in an electric atmosphere. 2022 will see 20,000 up-for-it party people descend on Dunstall Park to go one better and immerse themselves in a day and night of incredible music, urban arts, creative performance, delicious street food and friendly vibes.
Festival Director Pete Jordan said, “Putting on MADE last year took a titanic effort but it was worth it to see the enjoyment on people’s faces after enduring such a hard time. We’ve moved to a bigger home in Dunstall Park this year so we can step it up again. More space, more bars, more toilets, less queueing and really easy to get to. We want fans to focus on the music, the atmosphere, the incredible lineup we’ve been working so hard to put together, and on enjoying one of the friendliest festivals the UK has to offer.”
Headlining the MADE Stage is AJ Tracey – live and direct! His eponymous album crashed into the UK album charts at #3 in 2019 and was followed by platinum-selling, top 3 single ‘Ladbroke Grove’ shooting the London rapper into the mainstream consciousness. His second studio album ‘Flu Game’ was released in April last year and went one better, hitting #2 on the UK album charts. A renowned live performer, AJ Tracey is on fire, and he’s heading for MADE Festival this summer.
Pa Salieu’s track ‘Frontline’ was the most played track on BBC 1Xtra, Reprezent Radio and Rinse FM in 2020. In 2021 he won the BBC Sound Of poll and performed on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show’ in the US. This Coventry rapper is tipped for greatness and shouldn’t be missed. South London rapper Ms Banks has built a big reputation for live performance and soul searching lyrics, featuring on singles with Tinie Tempah, Little Mix, Mae Muller, Tinashe and more, and is set to blow up this year.
Festival fave Bru-C also steps up, fresh from collabs with the likes of Bad Boy Chiller Crew and Wilkinson. His new single ‘Paradise’ was premiered by Danny Howard on Radio 1 and, now signed to DefJam, the sky’s the limit for this ball of energy. Teenagers A1 x J1 celebrated their tune ‘Latest Trends’ being nominated for a BRIT Award by selling out the O2 Academy in Islington. Catch them at MADE.
British-Ghanaian rapper Shasimone has been making serious waves, culminating in a feature on Dave’s hit album ‘We’re All Alone In This Together’. Shae OT blew up off the back of over half a billion plays of his ‘Super Smash Bros Brawl Drill Beat’ on TikTok last year. After a major-label bidding war, this talented DJ / producer from London is taking off. More MADE Stage talent lines up in the form of local up and coming acts Girl Grind UK, Reepa From Wolves, and Vital Powers.
The Weird And Wonderful Stage presents a host of stars from DnB, bass and garage. DJ EZ is a technical master and has proven his ability to rock any festival stage. His breathtaking Boiler Room live stream is widely regarded as one of the greatest UK garage sets ever. Shy FX (ft Dynamite MC) is guaranteed to get the crowd jumping – a bonafide innovator with a string of classics to his name including ‘Original Nuttah’ and ‘Shake Ur Body’ as well as heading up seminal label, Digital Soundboy. TQD will perform – the cutting edge collab comprised of Royal–T, DJ Q and Flava D, mixes up UK garage, bass and everything in between. This stage will be rocking from the moment it opens with Sammy Virji B2B MPH, 24hr Garage Girls, Mr Traumatik, Jamie Duggan, Tom Shorterz and Joe Hunt.
Drum & Bass takes over the Weird Science Stage with the unrivalled Andy C taking the reins. How big is he? This superstar DJ / producer sells out Wembley Arena in minutes – always a MADE crowd favourite. They’ve played Glastonbury, Rampage, Boomtown, and released on Hospital Records, Ram Records, Metalheadz and more – Kings of the Rollers will raise the roof at MADE. DJ Zinc is a true originator. His career charts the evolution of electronic music and his sets always provide an unmissable ‘I was there’ moment. A.M.C has developed a unique position within drum & bass. The dark art of DJing might be lost in some quarters but for A.M.C it’s a way of life. More quality comes from TNA x P Money, K Motionz, Hedex, Georgie Riot, Luce, H.O.L, with hosting duties from Tonn Piper, Eksman, Phantom, IC3, Skywalker, Busta and RVS.
The Afta Dark Stage is for the house heads and this year’s lineup is massive. Eats Everything’s ability to rock the party is undeniable. The Edible Records label head has blazed a 10-year trail through dance music, a Radio 1 residency and every big dancefloor on the planet. The MADE crowds are in for a special night as they chow down on some edible beats. Leeds duo Prospa blew up with their track ‘Prayer’ making Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ in 2018. They are unmissable live. ALISHA is a Warehouse Project resident and has produced peak-time rollers on labels like Relief, Kaluki and Nothing Else Matters. She’s sure to bring them to Dunstall Park. Jaguar hosts ‘BBC Introducing’ on Radio 1 Dance, unearthing new talent every week. She has plenty of her own talent behind the decks and will prove it at MADE. With more special guests to be announced, the Afta Dark DJs will keep the House lovers happy.
Carnival Magnifico brings the carnival vibes, spiced up with jungle, reggae, dancehall and bass. Deekline headlines and the UK producer will showcase his party-starting bass-heavy flavours. Reggae Roast are signed to Trojan Records and brings one of the UK’s leading reggae/dancehall and jungle sound systems. Also spinning the tunes is eclectic selector Jamie Rodigan, whose father David has played at MADE on numerous occasions, dropping everything from rare groove to jungle. Look out for Birmingham’s finest Young Culture DJs, Mali and The Magnifico Performers.
The final stage announced is Police Rave Unit featuring a host of jungle and drum & bass pioneers including Nicky Blackmarket, Kenny Ken and Gray. The crowds will be bouncing to Mistress Mo & Boogieman, Frenetic, Court T and Police Rave Unit DJs.
MADE Festival has become an important cultural and economic event in the West Midlands, but even more than this, it represents a chance to come together with friends and like-minded music lovers to enjoy huge performances from serious talent, an unrivalled atmosphere, and cutting edge, cross-genre tunes. MADE Festival 2022 will bring 20,000 like-minded people together at its new home at Dunstall Park. It’s time to dance again in the sunshine.