22 May 2024
Department – from warehouse party to under-the-bridge celebration
Festivals Music

Department – from warehouse party to under-the-bridge celebration

Department 2022 röyksopp

The festival which originated in the depts of the “Meatpacking district” as a huge climate positive warehouse party, has now for the second year in a row, taken place under the bridge on the island of Långholmen in Stockholm.

The 2022 edition, which took place on June 4th and 5th, was headlined by big names of the electronic music scene, like Four Tet, Röyksopp and Maceo Plex. Apart from continuing with its mission of being a climate-positive festival, this year all the profits were donated to UNHCR’s work helping people fleeing war-torn Ukraine.

Mace Plex at Deparment 2022
Mace Plex at Deparment 2022
Sebastian Mullaert & Johanna Knutsson Live at Department 2022
Sebastian Mullaert & Johanna Knutsson Live at Department 2022

For two warm days and nights, Sweden’s most summery club event kept the Department visitors dancing.

Maceo Plex, one of America’s major house and techno producers, was in charge of curating the line-up on Saturday, June 4th. Maceo Plex with almost 20 years of career and several celebrated singles and albums, closed the first night of the festival on Långholmen.

Ukrainian-American Alinka rocked the entire bridge with her infectious beats during her performance, which hit a perfect balance between house and techno.

Another high point was the appearance of the Norwegian duo Röyksopp with a DJ set that delivered proper electronic bangers and classics.

But the party did not end on Långholmen, as festival goers continued the party at Debaser to Alma and Off The Meds.

Mace Plex at Deparment 2022
Mace Plex at Deparment 2022
Röyksopp at Department 2022
Röyksopp at Department 2022
Off The Meds at Department 2022
Off The Meds at Department 2022
Festival goers in their happiest of moods

Department’s second day, June 5th, was curated by the already legendary Four Tet, and he also had the honour of being the culmination of this year’s edition of the festival, with his first Swedish gig in almost a decade.

At Debaser, Viggo Dyst and Dj Seinfeld played their sets to keep the techno beats pumping.




We also have to mention that scattered around the park there were art creations in glass, cardboard and light decorating the festival grounds and adding up to the visual experience. You could also find performers dancing and entangling themselves in spiderwebs of cords hanging from trees and the bridge itself.

Together with Zero Mission, the festival continues to invest in local UN-led projects for the conservation of rainforests in Indonesia.

Four Tet at Department festival (Photo by Deparment)
Department’s art
Department’s performers
Department’s mood

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