Farmfestival Preview

Editor July 17, 2011 0
Farmfestival Preview

Farmfestival takes place on the 29th & 30th July in Bruton, Somerset

The most independent music festival in the UK returns for its 6th consecutive year featuring Dodgy, Pete and the Pirates, Man Like Me, Fiction, DJ Vadim and Soul of Man.

Taking place on the 29th & 30th July on an Organic Farm against the beautiful backdrop of the Somerset countryside, Farmfestival is set for its biggest, best and most fun year yet. At £35 for a full camping ticket, Farmfestival remains the festival bargain of the summer.

Farmfestival is expanding, for this year there will be; three live stages, two dance tents, children’s tent and stalls, eco rides, and much else.

Mixing the old and the new, nineties favourites Dodgy headline the Saturday night, 16 years after their legendary set to a packed out Other Stage at neighbouring Glastonbury, with Man Like Me set to carry on their “best live UK act” reputation when they headline the Friday night against the beautiful Somerset vista.

More breaking talent comes in the form of Fiction, whose single, ‘Big Things’ has been on heavy rotation on BBC 6music. Doyle & the Fourfathers; a band who headlined the aforementioned radio station’s successful ‘Save 6music Day’ are also booked. Two bands on the cusp of breaking through and making it big this year, Brighton’s Pope Joan and Barcelona’s hottest new export Polock, will be sharing the main stage on Saturday, with plenty more acts yet to be announced.

Battle of the Bands winner Presuming Ed will be playing the Main Stage, and the third stage featuring local artists, The Joe Public, Josh Thorner, Damages, Inbredz, b.e_cooling among others will be new for this year.

And it’s not just breaking bands at this year’s Farmfestival; two heavyweight breaks DJs will be headlining consecutive nights in the Farmfestival marquee. The Legendary DJ Vadim graces the decks on the Friday night bringing his inimitable blend of hip hop, D&B, reggae and electronica.  Saturday night will see none other than Finger Lickin’ Records’ (Krafty Kuts, A-Skillz, and The Plump DJs) head Justin Rushmore, aka Soul Of Man; graces Farmfestival.

Planned in 2005, Farmfestival has become an important date for new bands and festival goers alike. This is due to its forward thinking attitude to music (previous acts such as Friendly Fires, Egyptian Hip Hop, Wild Palms, ExLovers, Ice Black Birds and Post War Years played Farmfestival before many other events), and it’s amiable atmosphere, with locals and young families all happily contributing to the mix.

Held on an organic farm the festival offers an intimate, laid-back alternative to large commercial festivals. Featuring stalls, a delicious hog-roast, cider from a local community orchard, crazy golf, Punch & Judy and a Children’s Tent, the weekend is as relaxing as it is fun.

Farmfestival is run by volunteers. The festival was not set up to make money, but to create an event that stood up to the growing number of over-priced and overly corporate festivals dominating the U.K every summer. Every year donations are made to the charity Practical Action and local organisations including Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Tickets for Farmfestival 2011

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(Advance Adult Weekend £35 – same price as last year)

Reviews

‘Gorgeous and Intimate’ Top 25 UK Independent Festivals (2011)

‘One of the best bargains of the festival season’ 
Sunday Times, The Top 100 Festivals (2010)

‘Best budget festival’ London Evening Standard (2009)

‘Farmfestival is a brilliant bargain’ The Guardian Guide (2009)

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