We’re going to be seeking these out for you this summer and first up is Farmfestival.
Farmfestival started in 2006 with a small group of friends native to Somerset hosted an intimate, cost-effective festival for their friends as an alternative to the events dominating the English Summer. Over the years through word of mouth the festival has grown from an initial 400 to its capped 4000 capacity.
Farmfestival is held at Gilcombe Farm in Bruton and to keep the prices low acts are of the ‘on the cusp of stardom’ variety, such as Friendly Fires, Egyptian Hip Hop and Man Like Me who have all played previously.
Farmfestival remains adamantly sponsor-free, the lo-fi DIY aesthetic combining with the genre busting music policy to create the unique atmosphere. Previously quoted as one of the UK’s best kept festival secrets (Dj Vadim / Venue Mag), the cat is slowly being let out of the bag.
The festival celebrates its surroundings with the best local fare and organic Somerset ciders and ales. This year they will also be screening the opening weekend of the Olympics for those keen to watch the sports, and for those who want to take part, we’ll be hosting the inaugural Farmfestival Farm Olympics, which everyone can get involved in. No qualifying times needed!
This year also sees a new mainstage, named after our dear friend, musical director and eternal Farmfest legend, Gavin Harry (1983-2011).
Adult weekend tickets for Friday 27th & Saturday 28th July are priced at a double dip recession busting £40, including free camping and parking. With profits donated to charities Practical Action, Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance and The British Stammering Association, you can’t say fairer than that.
Oh, and don’t forget to wear a hat, it’s compulsory (and the best hats gets free tickets to next year’s festival!).
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