The most independent music festival in the UK returns for its 6th consecutive year featuring Dodgy, Man Like Me, Fiction, Doyle and the Fourfathers.
Taking place on the 29th & 30th July at its home, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Farmfestival is set for its biggest, best and most fun year. Three live stages, two dance tents and at £35 for a full camping ticket, free parking and camping, Farmfestival remains the festival bargain of the summer.
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 against the beautiful Somerset night.
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 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.
Battle of the Bands winner 2010, Presuming Ed will be playing the Main Stage and the Battle of the Bands Stage itself will be featuring local artists, The Joe Public, Josh Thorner, Damages, Inbredz, b.e_cooling among others and will be new for this year.
Planned in 2005, Farmfestival has become an important date for new bands and festival goers alike. Farmfestival’s team picks breaking bands year on year, (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).
Held on an organic farm the festival offers an intimate, laid-back alternative to large commercial festivals. Featuring stalls, organic food meat and vegetarian, organic 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.