You go to enough shows and you start to notice not just the way culture moves and shifts, but the way certain acts also explode into and fade out of relevance. In that respect, Wanderland Magic is like an anomaly concert, with retro and modern acts sharing the stage in what will be Wanderland’s first ever two-day festival.
We’ll be regressing back to our early 2010s selves with The Kooks and Two Door Cinema Club — everybody’s musical gateways into the wider world of indie pop and rock, back when Tumblr was still a thing and Helvetica was the pinnacle of typography. Going forward in time we’ve got more contemporary acts coming in, with Honne, Joan, and SG Lewis singing the body electronic; and Masego, JMSN and Mac Ayres bringing rhythm and blues to the show. The likes of Prep, Alina Baraz, Gabrielle Aplin and YouTube algorithm queen Clairo are also lineup highlights, their work in pop actively blurring the (some would say meaningless) line between indie and mainstream.