5 You Might Have Missed on the 2023 Lineup for London’s Wide Awake Festival.

With the final lineup announced, we pick out a few names you may have missed in the deluge of great acts.

Nuha Ruby Ra by Louise Mason | Words: Lloyd Bolton

As we approach the luxuriously constant stream of May bank holidays, music-lovers in London and beyond are looking to crown it all in Brockwell Park at Wide Awake on 27th May. As we explored in our initial preview for the festival, it brings together a tantalising patchwork of outstanding acts across genres. We look forward to bouncing between Caroline Polacheck and Black Country, New Road and Osees and Shygirl. The lineup promises of a most wonderful form of chaos.

Though you will already most likely find yourself zipping between brilliant bands with hardly time to stop for a fresh can of Red Stripe, here are our picks of some acts to take a chance on if you find yourself with a spare half hour through the day.


Having initially drawn attention with their synthesis of danceable hooks and black midi quotes, O. have more recently developed into one of the most forcefully floor-filling acts on the circuit. Their hedonistic after hours set at Mutations Festival was undeniably a highlight of the weekend. Recent Speedy Wunderground single ‘OGO’ is just a short sample of the toe-tapping, head-banging depths they plunder.

Nuha Ruby Ra

The force of nature that is Nuha Ruby Ra commands any stage she takes to, whether living up to the grand scale of a festival or delighting in the uncomfortable intimacy of a barroom floor. Having unleashed the fearsome new EP ‘Machine Like Me’ back in March, this will be a potent moment to tap into her presentation of groove and rage.


The breakout Greek chamber pop artist who has made a virtue out of making her name difficult to search on Spotify (at least on an English keyboard) and who recently joined Sub Pop for new album ‘Up and Away’ graces the bill this summer. Incorporating Greek folk instrumentation and pop instincts that have drawn comparisons such as France Gall and Grigoris Bithikotsis, this will be a fun set well suited to the late-May sunshine.

Σtella by Dimitra Tzanou

Gretel Hänlyn

With support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Jack Saunders and over a million streams on recent single ‘Today (can’t help but cry)’, Gretel Hänlyn is hardly Wide Awake’s best kept secret. That said, as a recent addition to the lineup as part of the final drop of acts, it seems only fair to draw your attention to the irresistibly relatable, fast-rising singer.

Mary in the Junkyard

The incredibly new and decidedly refreshing Mary in the Junkyard are perhaps the youngest band on the bill, in collective age and in band lifetime. Their precocious songwriting and youthful wisdom is reminiscent of early Throwing Muses, dancing between chaotic experiments and shards of pop perfection. Since the end of last summer, they have rapidly gone from unknown newcomers to an in-demand band that everyone is keeping an eye on. Having just come off tour with the aforementioned Gretel Hänlyn and recently announced a string of festival slots including End of the Road, it’s about time you found out what all the hype is about.

Gretel Hänlyn

Wide Awake Tier 2 tickets are now sold out. Tier 3 tickets are on sale, along with Pre-2pm Entry, Group and VIP tickets. Available here.