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.
Year after year, loyal followers and newbies alike make their way down to its countryside home at Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, for the promise of wallet-friendly good times and acts on the cusp of stardom, acts such as Friendly Fires, Egyptian Hip Hop, Submotion Orchestra and Man Like Me, all of whom have played previously.
The festival 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. Families and kids are well catered for with their own camping space and plenty of activities to keep the little ones busy, including: Punch and Judy, magic shows, assault course, bouncy castle, crazy golf and the ever popular arts and crafts tent. And after the success of last year’s inaugural Farmfestival Olympics, children both young and old can expect plenty more surprises to keep them entertained throughout the weekend.
Adult weekend tickets for Friday 26th & Saturday 27th July are priced at a double dip recession busting 50 English pounds, 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 get free tickets to next year’s festival!). Check the official Farmfest website for more.
Weekend Tickets are just £50. Grab them here while you still can!
Price: Adult £50, Child £35, Campervan pass £25
Friday 26th – Saturday 27th July 2013
Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset, UK
Farmfestival UK 2013 Full Lineup
Son of Dave
The Lovely Eggs
Nimmo and the Gauntletts
The Fire Beneath The Sea
Three Kings High
Moscow Youth Cult
The Flamenco Thief
Francis & Boyd
Tula & The Blackgang
The Ukes of Hazard
Ich Bin Finn
The Idol Rich
Blue Skin Fever
Dj Woody (Big Phat 90’s AV Show)
Dj Louie Louie
COR Djs (COR Tent)
James ‘James Bell’ Bell