Mid-July and Festival season is well in full swing. Glastonbury is nearly a month behind, us Latitude is happening as we speak and it is still over a month until the Isle of Wight hosts Bestival in early September. So, if you’re looking for a musical weekend away you’re really not hard pressed for choice. But let’s explore one possibility that you may not have heard of, Farmfestival in Blurton, Somerset. Which for the keen Geography heads, is not too far from Glastonbury’s Worthy Farm at all.
In 2006, a small group of friends native to Somerset made the decision to host an intimate, cost-effective festival for their friends as an alternative to the events dominating the English summer. Farmfestival’s subsequent success has seen attendances grow organically through word of mouth, from an initial 400 to its capped 4500 capacity.
The weekend prides itself on being a genre-defying selection of music from emerging talents, cult heroes & local gems. To expand on that, in the past, this cosy Somerset event has played host to Friendly Fires, Ghost Poet & Submotion Orchestra. So the festival’s ears are firmly tuned into the right airwaves. This year, Alpines (below) and Public Service Broadcasting are the names to look out for. And because of the Somerset backdrop there is plenty of Local ales, ciders and bacon (and other foods) to feast yourself upon daily.
Adult weekend tickets for Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd August are priced at £53 (click here to buy), including free camping and parking. And we’ll be covering it all for you, eating lots of local food all for in the name of arts and culture.
And if you want some music right now The Kelly Twins have shared their Farmfest ‘Wildstyle’ mix and can be streamed and downloaded below (they play the festival on the Saturday).
Full details at www.farmfestival.co.uk