Feature Photo courtesy of Ginger Wesson
They’ve been teasing it for a couple weeks now, but alas, the much anticipated Hulaween lineup has finally dropped. Before we jump into the acts, i have two things to say. First, *chef’s kiss*. Second, Hula talent buyer, if you’re reading this, I hope you get that raise you so richly deserve. Now that that’s out of the way, lets dive a bit deeper into this gem of a lineup.
Your 2022 Hulaween Headliners include Louis The Child, Fisher, Portugal. The Man, and of course The String Cheese Incident! The lineup also boasts massive takeovers from Liquid Stranger and his Wakaan label, along with JAUZ and his label Off The Deep End. Last year we witnessed Zeds Dead and their label Deadbeats takeover the brand new Hulaween stage dubbed “The Hallows,” so I’m eager to see these two EDM powerhouse labels do the same! Since we’re on the topic of groups, this year we see Manic Focus with a Live band along with Gorgon City, STS9, & Desert Hearts (Mikey Lion, Porky, Marbs & Lee Reynolds). The name that absolutely caught my eye and who I’m most excited for, though, is none other than Gigantic NGHTMRE (collab between Big Gigantic and NGHTMRE). Fresh off of a killer performance at EDC Las Vegas a couple weeks ago and a performance at Red Rocks in the beginning of the year, it seems as if the group is looking to make it a more common show which I am absolutely here for. If you’re wondering if the two mesh well together, remember that they already have a collab track “Like That” that’s an absolute banger. I have no doubt this set will be one for the books!
Outside of electronic group acts, Hulaween does what it knows how to do best: diversify a lineup, from electronic, to funk, to rap, to bluegrass. One of my favorite things about Hulaween is that no matter how big it seems to get, they always seem to understand what their OG Hula crowd craves and they never stray away from their original roots. From rap sensation J.I.D, to some funk masters in The Main Squeeze to Kyle Hollingsworth Band, I am excited to get a taste of everything. As I’ve said before, and I’ll say it until my point is made… Don’t. Miss. Hula.