110 Above goes above and beyond for the rising and upcoming stars specifically in the indie music scene. The hidden gem in the middle of the town of Atherstone in Leicestershire oversaw another successful 4 days of live music for the 1000 capacity audience.
The festival kicked off on Thursday evening for the most eager attendees, which was headlined by Palace.
From speaking to attendees, some of the most highly-rated performances on Friday were from Leeds duo Lucky Iris and Croydon singer-songwriter Rachel Chinouriri on the Gopsall Inn stage.
There was certainly no shortage of quality on the Elizabeth stage either, with the likes of The Academic, Saint Raymond & the headliners The Amazons in succession in the evening.
Any hangovers were cured on the Saturday with a late-afternoon performance from Dutch Criminal Record, adored by their 500k and counting TikTok fanbase and regarded by many as the greatest band in the world – the south coast natives made their first appearance at 110 Above, and next head out on a UK tour with Brighton band Fur in September.
The Elizabeth stage (the newest stage at the festival) was the place to be throughout Saturday too, with yet another sprinkling of indie goodness with Jaws playing near to home, a rousing and crowd-pleasing live band in Red Rum Club, the always funky Kawala, alt-pop artist Baby Queen and indie-rock all-stars Everything Everything.
The Gopsall Inn was also popping off, with highly energetic and fun-filled performances from Manchester greats The Covasettes – with Chris, the bands frontman turning up later in the evening to play Take On Me by A-ha for Deco’s annual late night session.
Deco packed out the Gopsall Inn with a vast selection of their fan-favourite originals and sing-along 80s covers including ‘Careless Whisper’ by George Michael, ‘A Little Respect’ by Erasure and ‘Don’t You Want Me’ by The Human League’, it was one of the fan-favourite and most memorable of highlights for 110 Above for certain.
After a cracking three days, Sunday, the final day of the festival came around – where Scottish artist Bow Anderson played a compelling set on The Commune stage. Followed up by Swim Deep, who were drafted into Leicestershire as a late fill in / replacement – dropouts is never easy for festivals to contend, but 110 Above excelled with their top-quality replacement acts.
Sea Girls headlined 110 Above for the first ever time, and they were the final fireworks to celebrate another amazing year of 110 Above – putting on a heart-thumping, pulse-racing set with their set full of their biggest bangers.
With 30 degree heat and constant sunshine throughout the entire weekend you couldn’t fault 2022’s edition of 110 Above.
As always, the credit must go to founder Michael Laine, red hat wearing organiser Rob Ball, as well as Rebecca May and the many others in the 110 Above team and the army of volunteers who contribute in making the festival a super friendly and fun weekend escape for all attendees.