An Insider’s Guide to the 2022 Wicked Woods Music Festival – EDM.com
Wicked Woods, an intimate electronic music festival in British Columbia, is gearing up for its 12th edition next month. The event will return to the heart of the Columbia Valley, an area in the Rocky Mountain Trench, just minutes from Fairmont Hot Springs, May 26-28.
Whether it’s your first time attending or you’re coming back for more, we’ve put together a comprehensive insider’s guide with everything you need to know ahead of Wicked Woods 2022. We’re here to help you figure out what to bring, where to find the festival, how to navigate the terrain and more.
In case you spend a little too much time planning your outfits and forget the rest, here’s a reminder. From the essentials to the little things, check out Wicked Woods’ Recommended Packing List and Prohibited Items Overview.
Insider tip #1: “Bring more socks than you think you need, and always an extra pair of shoes,” says Cassiopeia, team leader of social media and photography. “Try to have day shoes and evening shoes, that way if one pair gets wet it can hopefully get dry wearing other pairs.”
Insider Tip #2: “Bring outfits with layers,” adds festival patron Phoenix Crowther. “The temperature will constantly change and there’s nothing worse than being too cold or being smothered in your outfit.”
- Anything that can be considered a weapon
- open flames
- Drug paraphernalia
- Illegal substances
- Laser pointers
- Aerial drones/UAVs
- Renegade Stages
- bad vibes
- Any item that may pose a potential risk to the safety or security of staff or guests.
On that note, here is the Wicked Woods Music Festival Code of Conduct as well as the Code of Conduct for Volunteers and Crew Members.
Insider Tip #3: “Keep your basic needs at the top of your priority list,” says Melissa, team leader at Sanctuary and Harm Deduction. “H2O, EAT, SLEEP, they all keep you energized, energized, emotionally regulated, present and ready to rave.”
Now that you know what to bring and what not to bring, let’s take a closer look at where you’ll be spending the weekend. As mentioned above, Wicked Woods is located in the Columbia Valley, about four minutes north of Fairmont Hot Springs, BC at 3901 Kootenay Hwy 93/95.
Parking and Camping
There are four areas where you can safely park your vehicle for the duration of the festival.
1. Juniper Lot (car/truck and RV passes are sold out)
2. Raven Lot (car/truck and RV passes are sold out)
3. Hidden Ridge (Car/truck passes available)
4. Free parking
To park in Juniper Lot, Raven Lot, or Hidden Ridge, you must purchase a parking pass. These three areas are where you can camp with your vehicle or RV. It is important to note that RV passes are sold out and will not be available before or during the event.
If you purchased an RV pass, you do not need to purchase a car/truck pass for your tow vehicle unless you need your tow vehicle to be with your camp. You can park your tractor vehicle in the free parking area after locating yourself.
Car and truck passes are always available for the Hidden Ridge camping area. No camping is allowed in the free parking lot, so you’ll have to park and hike with your gear. But don’t worry, it’s a short 15 minute walk from one end of the grounds to the other, with well-lit walking paths.
Wicked Woods offers glamping. Designed for two people, the Glamping Camp package includes a fully set up five meter diameter bell tent, queen size mattress with basic linens, mirror, table and water jug. A parking pass is included in the package, but not a festival ticket.
You can take a look at the Wicked Woods festival site below.
Insider Tip #4: “The location is unparalleled,” says Cassiopeia. “The pitch overlooks the Windermere Valley, surrounded by mountains, incredible sunrises and stunning sunsets. Two of the stages are surrounded by forest and trees, and one also overlooks the valley.”
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Scenes from Wicked Woods
Wicked Woods 2022 will feature three nights of music from 130 artists. Its three stages are The Hallow, Ursus and The Unicorn Lounge.
The Hallow stage is a twisted cabin in the woods, surrounded by forest. This year, The Hallow is set to host performances from Stylust, Neon Steve, The Funk Hunters, JPOD and more. Prepare to be grounded in sacred ground and awaken your senses with carefully curated acts from around the world.
Insider Tip #5: “There are so many local Canadian artists, as well as some big names, and thanks to local talent, so many people know about so many more, and it really feels like a giant reunion,” Cassiopeia said. “Wicked Woods is more than a festival, it’s a family.”
The Hallow is powered by PK Sound, with visionary productions courtesy of INEO Studios.
The Ursus stage is located just outside the forest, overlooking the Columbia Valley. According to the website, “Ursus invites you to join our celebration of all things wooden and wicked, with live acts of all shapes and sizes.”
Catch performances by the Lazy Syrup Orchestra, Jodie B, Five Alarm Funk and more here. On Saturday, Ursus will host a yoga class at 10 a.m., as well as a fashion show at 4 p.m., among other activities.
Insider Tip #6: “Wicked Woods is a must for music fans as we welcome artists who are also your good friends and who are more than happy to meet you and dance with you,” says Ryan Frampton, stage manager of Ursus.
The Unicorn Lounge
True to its name, The Unicorn Lounge invites festival-goers to discover an uplifting and colorful space. Here you are invited to express your inner unicorn. Benanas, Burchill, Ben Fox, Fort Knox Five, RUMPUS, Average Citizens and more will bring the show to life this year.
Insider Tip #7: “Don’t forget the filtered earplugs,” says Cory DP, Stage Production Volunteer.
The Unicorn Lounge is powered by Sleazy Listening Sound.
Who is playing Wicked Woods 2022?
Insider Tip #8: “I discovered so many artists and styles of music by going to Wicked Woods,” admits Phoenix Crowther. “While the lineup is appealing, I’m not here specifically for any particular artist. I’m here for the whole experience and to see artists that I may have never heard of before. And wouldn’t have not the chance to see elsewhere.
You can view the full lineup by day below.
WICKED WOODS 2022 RANGE: THURSDAY MAY 26
WICKED WOODS 2022 RANGE: FRIDAY MAY 27
WICKED WOODS 2022 PROGRAM: SATURDAY MAY 28
Wicked Woods Tickets
Tickets for the postponed event, originally scheduled for September 2021, are being honored for the upcoming Wicked Woods Music Festival May 26-28, 2022. There are a very limited number of tickets remaining for the May event. For more information or to purchase tickets, browse here.