Guelph's Hillside Festival 2022 Gets Anyway Gang, Cadence Weapon, Dan Mangan, Allison Russell

Bahamas, Luna Li, Le Ren, NOBRO, OMBIIGIZI, TEKE::TEKE, Sauna, Donovan Woods and more will also perform

BY Allie GregoryPublished Apr 22, 2022

Guelph's annual Hillside Festival will resume its business-as-usual, in-person festivities in 2022, with the event now announcing its massive lineup of artists heading to Guelph Lake from July 22 to 24.

Among this year's performers are several Canadian faves, including the ready-to-tour Anyway Gang, Polaris Prize winner Cadence Weapon, all-around good dude Dan Mangan, Outside Child mastermind and Barack Obama's favourite Allison Russell, official Sad Hunk Bahamas, alt-country maven Le Ren, Toronto punks NOBRO, moccasingazers OMBIIGIZI, indie supergroup Sauna, Pink MountaintopsDonovan WoodsTEKE::TEKE and many, many more.

The lineup is rounded out by a massive roster of local gems, including (in alphabetical order):

Adrian Raso, Allison Lupton Band, Aoife O'Donovan, Bedouine, Boy Golden, Briana Doyle, Cat Clyde, Christina Hutt, cleopatrick, DakhaBrakha, Danny Michel, DJ Shub, Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra, Eivør, Gangstagrass, George Elliott Clarke, Habibi, Hyd, I, the Mountain, Ifriqiyya Electrique, Jon Brooks, Julian Taylor, King Hannah, Kinnie Star, Kobo Town, Kyshona, Laurel Tubman and Friends, Leela Gilday, Lizzie No, Luna Li, Mames Babegenush, Melissa Brizuela, Michael Barclay, Michelle Munroe, Missy Bauman, Myriam Gendron, Nathan Lawr, Nicolette & the Nobodies, Paula Sofía, Royal Canoe, Sam Polley and the Old Tomorrows, Shane Koyczan with the Short Story Long, Shannon Gault, Spencer Burton, Stephen Lewis & the Big Band of Fun, Tami Neilson, Tania Joy, Texas King, the Blue and Gold, the Human Rights, Vivalda Ndula and Wesli.

Those who held on to passes secured back in 2020 — before the pandemic dashed all of our in-person festival-season hopes and dreams — will have their tickets honoured at Hillside's new dates. Newbies can get weekend passes at, with current Tier 2 tickets running for $139 plus tax and fees. That price goes up to $149 on May 1, so act quick!

Hillside is currently previewing the weekend schedule here.

As for COVID, here's what organizers have to say about festival health and safety measures:

We are committed to keeping our community safe. We remain hopeful that we can gather on the weekend of July 2224, 2022 to finally celebrate together in person. We are aware, however, that things can change quickly, so while our Plan A is to have a summer festival at Guelph Lake Conservation Area, we have several other plans as back-up in case that cannot happen. We are working with Public Health and will make a decision by April 27 with regard to the lifting of restrictions. We anticipate that we will follow provincial Public Health guidelines.

Watch the festival's 2022 trailer below.

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