Summoned by Wolves : The Return of the Rock Festival
Call of the Wild Festival, Lincolnshire Showground, 19th – 22nd May 2022
Header shot: These Wicked Rivers
The Call Of The Wild sounded loud and clear, beckoning the faithful from across the land for only the second time.
Just days before the festival was due to open in 2021, the government once again altered their restrictions and, despite everyone’s best efforts, the festival was cancelled. This year, the organisers were poised and ready to go with vengeance and passion!
With 4 days of outstanding rock/punk/metal music, offering variation enough to delight festival goers of any age, an incredible 70+ bands delighted the crowd between Thursday afternoon and late Sunday evening in (almost) perfect festival weather.
Top: The Howling Tides
Bottom: Raging Speedhorn
Lincolnshire Showground provides a top backdrop for a music festival with camping availability, shower/toilet blocks and a perfect performance arena with access for all. A compact site, offering parallel stages, traditional music festival market stalls, merch tent, a well-considered selection of food vendors catering for any pallet and a third (smaller) stage serving fantastic coffees for the duration of the weekend meant that everything was to hand.
The roll call for this year’s Call Of The Wild Festival featured immense talent including a number of incredible bands from The States and Scandinavia. A quality line-up attractive enough to have a huge draw for festival goers who have missed out on so much for the past couple of years, desperate for the return of live music. Major weekend headliners, ex-Motorhead’s Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, Reckless Love, Massive Wagons and The Treatment did not disappoint delivering loud, wild, exciting sets, absolutely right for the end of the night!
Dallas & Drizzle – The L.A.Maybe
Personal highlights included Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders’ favourite, Ricky Warwick and the Fighting Hearts, who rocked even the hardest souls of the few who had reluctantly ‘come along with the other half,’ and breath–taking Bournemouth-based hard rockers, South Of Salem, who brought the ‘Slipknot’ vibe and gave a show (complete with pyrotechnics) ensuring their right to be much further up on festival posters in the 12 months ahead.
Call Of The Wild is still a ‘young ‘un’ on the live music scene, but this year it’s pulled on its big pants and is now steaming ahead to knock more established events sideways.
For an unforgettable festival, check out Call Of The Wild on all social media platforms to see what you missed and to discover how to get on it for next time. You won’t regret it!
Tickets are already on sale for next year’s festival, with VIP packages almost sold out: Call Of The Wild: Lincolnshire Showground, 26th – 28th May 2023
Words and photos by Tina Sherwood at All The Ts Photography
30th May 2022