Following 2021’s triumphant, sold-out spectacular, Kaleidoscope Festival will return on Saturday 23 July with a stellar line-up that promises more crowd-pleasing live music, DJs and comedy at London’s highest festival.
With a backdrop that takes in sweeping views across the whole city, acres of parkland to explore, plus access to some of the hidden corners of the iconic Palace, this is a summer festival like no other. For fans, families and fun-seekers, Kaleidoscope is hard to beat, and this year’s line-up demonstrates it’s a favourite for artists too.
On the main Hilltop Stage, ORBITAL promise to bring proceedings to a scintillating climax following the inimitable Manchester sound of HAPPY MONDAYS. DAVID RODIGAN MBE will play a signature set featuring the very best Reggae to raise the temperature after CHARLOTTE CHURCH’S LATE NIGHT POP DUNGEON delivers a medley of bangers as the sun begins to set. THE MAGIC NUMBERS and HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR will have crowds of all ages dancing through the afternoon.
Over on the DJ Stage - Cloud 10 - the line-up is equally mouth-watering with CRAZY P SOUNDSYSTEM, CRAIG CHARLES, DJ YODA, ZERO 7, PBR STREETGANG all performing on the terrace decks, plus THE CUBAN BROTHERS will ramp up the party atmosphere. The Palace’s West Hall features the legendary Creation Records founder and music industry visionary ALAN MCGEE in conversation; plus comedy from DOM JOLY, ED BYRNE, JESSICA FOSTEKEW, HUGE DAVIES and rising star SINDHU VEE.
There will ALSO be a host of entertainment for families around the festival site, including interactive theatre, workshops and music. The fun will be provided by SPARE ROOM ARTS, BEAUTIFUL MAGICIANS’ CLUB, ONFIRE & RESCUED and GO APE’S MINI LAND ROVER ADVENTURE. Meanwhile, the Palace’s secret Victorian Basements hideaway will be opened up for people to discover the debauched and fantastical, strange and bizarre world of THE MIDNIGHT MOON HOTEL deep below the historic building.
Simon Fell, Kaleidoscope Director, says: “We can’t wait to welcome everyone up to the Palace for this year’s festival. The festival site is arguably one of the most beautiful anywhere, offering a chance to head inside the iconic Palace and roam around our beautiful Park, with stunning views across the whole of London spreading out like a blanket behind the main stage. With an epic line-up, there can’t be many better places to dance away a hot, balmy, Saturday in July.
“We worked non-stop to host Kaleidoscope 2021 safely amid the backdrop of pandemic restrictions. And now, like much of the industry, we’ve had to get creative to get a stellar set-up sorted in 2022. We’re ready to go - and we want you all to be part of it.”
A young festival in the grand scheme of things, this is Kaleidoscope’s third year, with previous years being headlined by Flaming Lips and Groove Armada. With a comfortable 11,000 capacity, increased from 10k in 2021, this one-day event has been a huge hit, particularly for Londoners - no long journey, no camping, no brainer. The summer of 2022 at Ally Pally is set to be one giant ‘Kaleidoscopic’ celebration and an unforgettable experience for everyone who visits.
“A superb one-dayer that stands out from the crowd...” “Wondrous grounds of North London’s Grade II listed Alexandra Palace”
“Stepping out onto a broad dark promenade where the whole of London is laid out beneath you like a glittering circuit board. As a sight, Kaleidoscope was unbeatable.”
“It would be safe to deem Kaleidoscope 2018 a roaring success as it managed to carve its own niche out of the bustling London festival season with a programme packed with fun, culture and one seriously good view”
“In the glistening sunshine, what went down was, in no uncertain terms, an afternoon of sheer festival brilliance”
“The roadside posters on the journey here promised a “kaleidoscopic voyage through music and the arts”, and as the sun dips below the horizon and the last confetti hits the grass, that’s exactly what we get.”
“As dusk fell standing further back to get the full skyline it was truly a magical Kaleidoscopic experience."
“Main stage set just below the palace, looking towards central London creating the most spectacular of skylines… With the best sight-lines I’ve ever seen at a festival for headliner”