Moovin Festival returns August Bank Holiday 2022 with their biggest line up yet – Orbital, Roy Ayers, Louie Vega, Moodymann, Sugar Hill Gang & more headline

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The much loved, independent, countercultural weekend long fiesta that is Moovin Festival is back: “Once Manchester’s best kept secret, it has now established itself as the place to party over the August Bank holiday weekend .”  This year sees Moovin’s biggest line up to date, mixing familiar faces, living legends and groundbreaking greats, with a unique sense of quirky, hedonistic madness plus plenty of surprises. Moovin Festival is a laid back way to catch an eclectic mix of favourite acts as well as exciting new artists and so much more. We had a quick chat with the organisers to find out more……

What was the ethos behind the festival? 
Well the first “official” Moovin in 2015 was done by Herbie who created a really great dance party with a relaxed free party vibe. Then when we came on board the next year we wanted to keep that vibe but introduce live music and make it the best festival we could imagine in every way including booking the music and acts that we loved. A vague ethos sum up would be…fabulous, feel good, jump up music with lots of fun and festival surprises in a beautiful place surrounded by beautiful things.

Who is it aimed at? 
Anyone who likes good music, dancing, smiling, laughing, having fun, being silly and lying around in fields (hopefully in the sun).

What’s makes this festival different? 
It’s small and friendly with a lovely, relaxed feel but also has massive acts on, all the music is outstanding, beautiful decor made from fabric and willow instead of plastic, a fire to sit round and chat when its dark, a giant morning gong bath, yoga, magic and quirky twists and surprises like parades of drummers, harpists in the campsite and random alice in wonderland tea parties popping up.

What about the location and how do we get there? 
It’s literally in the middle of Etherow Country Park in Stockport so even the walk/drive in to the site is beautiful.  You have to park off site but then we have shuttle buses to take you in or you can do the 20 minute walk which is a delight in itself.

Do we need wellies or a tent? 
Wellies, hard to say but hopefully not – we have always been quite lucky with the weather but if you don’t bring your wellies you are almost guaranteed to need them!  There is a store on site that sells them so you could always get some there if the flip flops turned out to be too hopeful, but if it’s raining then get your wellies on! If you’re staying over then your definitely need a tent, though there are bell tents you can hire that are put up for you, with memory foam mattreses, cushions, lamps and tables if you fancied a bit of luxury.

Tell us about the headliners? 
Every year we put the festival on we are always in love with the line up but this year I am going to be seriously struggling with how to be at every stage at once.  So many absolute legends of different genres, Orbital, Shy FX, Roy Ayers, Sugarhill Gang, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Moodymann, Sister Nancy, the B2B breakbeats of Krafty Kuts, Freestylers and Plump Djs, I want to be at at all of them. I think our line up is so good that you’re halfway down the poster and are still in headliner act territory. I’m a junglist so Micky Finn, DJ Randall, North Base and Dillinja are all headliners for me, personal favourites are Graeme Park, Mark XTC, Jon Da Silva, Rich Reason and of course Herbie Saccani, DJ Woodys AV set is going to be amazing, honestly I can’t choose who to mention, I feel like I need to just list the who line up to tell you about the headliners, I’ve missed so many out!

What new bands do we need to make sure we don’t miss? 
We only book bands that we think are brilliant so actually all of them, but I am going to make a special effort to get to Slamboree because their show blew my mind when I saw them, Lewis Floyd Henry because I missed him last time and he is amazing, my friend was convinced he had channeled Hendrix.  I am also going to do my best to catch Psychederek, I really like his sound, and I would also say TC and the Groove Family featuring Franz Von, but really wherever you are and whenever, you will see something great.

What are we eating and drinking? 

We have 8 different caterers – from stone baked pizzas, aberdeen angus burgers and tacos to, thai, tibetan and caribbean.  Each caterer offers a vegetarian or vegan option and we also have a vegetarian and vegan caterer selling a wide range of food.  All meat sold is ethically sourced, all chicken and eggs are free range.  There are five bars on site including a gin bar and ale bar; prosecco, cocktails and pimms and lemonade are all available in addition to the usual bar offerings and it’s all reasonably priced.  There’s a coffee trailer selling proper coffee and hot chocolates, including boozy options, a juice bar doing fresh juices, they even serve some in cut out half melons, theres a stall dedicated to delicious desserts, there’s ice cream (including vegan), cakes and a general store if you just want a quick snack

Any else we need to know? Fancy dress? Charity fest? Theme? 
Fancy dress of any kind is always welcome though we don’t have a specific theme, we definitely encourage dressing up in any way, you can also get glittered at one of our stalls on site.  Charity wise, all guest list donations go to charity and when booking your ticket you can pay an extra £1 to plant a tree.

Where do we get our tickets?