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Review: Detonate Festival 2022

11 June 22 words: Katie Lyle
photos: Hayden Perrior, Jak Howard and Sami Taylor

Nottingham’s outdoor electronic music festival Detonate returned last weekend to the grounds of Colwick Park bringing some of the biggest names in electronic music right now…

Last weekend Detonate Festival returned once again, bringing one of the most exciting days of the year for electronic music lovers in Notts and beyond. Bringing a range of fantastic sets from the very best in drum and bass, techno, bassline, house and more, the festival was brought to life once again for a day of raving. 

Spread across five picturesque stages set amongst the stunning woodland and lakes of Colwick Park, the setting was lively as usual. With all the stages well thought out and reflective of the outdoor space, and a range of genres represented throughout them. 

We spent a large portion of the day in one of my favourite stages, the Hidden Woodland, tucked away in the woods and covered by a large canopy, DJ Seinfeld was the first act we caught there for the day, performing an incredibly expansive set that featured deep progressive house, with groovy 80s influences spread throughout. The crowd felt energetic, ecstatic to finally be back in festival season.  


Year after year The Pontoon stage is one of the most unique to Detonate, a floating stage positioned on the lake enveloped in bright flowers. The DJs actually arrive to this stage via boat which is entertaining in itself. Crazy P Soundsystem was one of the highlights for the day here, with a sensational hometown set featuring funky live vocals and synths. 

Nia Archives brought her own unique jungle and garage set centre stage to The Clearing, the largest stage of the festival. Layering her stunning vocals over top, Nia's sound is unique and progressive, and certainly making its mark on the industry right now. 

We spent the final hours of our time at the Festival catching the phenomenal Meg Ward bring her unique sound to The Hidden Woodland, performing a set bursting with energy as usual. Her set ended way too quickly, but we finished the day with an amazing set from the guys over at Ozo who had taken over the stage for the evening. 

The independent Notts-based team always manage to create top-tier events that feel massive, yet still underground. Year after year Colwick Park is so perfectly transformed into what we see as Detonate Festival, and it's always a memorable day of the summer that seems to go way too quickly. 

Overall Detonate continues to be one of Nottingham's best parties and I can’t wait to head down to next years event and any upcoming events too.

Detonate Festival took place on Saturday 4 June 2022.

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