A fond farewell: Fieldview Festival on their final send off

Known fondly as Wiltshire’s biggest little festival, Fieldview Festival will this weekend celebrate its 12th and final year, set within its rural location in Wiltshire. Opening on Thursday evening  through to Sunday, Fieldview Festival 2018 looks set to be a scorcher. And with the sun set to be blazing too, it will no doubt be an incredible send off for the festival.

The festival’s humble beginnings as little more than a garden party thrown by the Cameron brothers (co-founders and now directors of Fieldview), is held dearly in the hearts of most of those who attend. Despite its growth – today attracting around 3000 people – this festival has, unlike many others, managed to retain the quaint family vibe it’s so well known for. 

As the countdown to the festival approaches, James Cameron and I sit down to talk Fieldview Festival 2018. He tells me he’s well prepared and committed to getting that all-important rest in before the madness begins. ‘If I’ve learnt anything over the past 12 years, it’s to get a few early nights in before it all begins!’ Some worthy advice from a man who knows how to do a festival! 

With the festival’s eclectic array of musical flair, the booking team at Fieldview has become well known for spotting future talents. This year’s big name headliners are The Mouse Outfit and Jenna and the Gs, but the act James has his eyes on are The Blinders. 

‘I’m most excited for the headliners of our second stage – The Blinders – they’re kind of a psychedelic-punk-rock and roll band and they’re my band of this year. They have a new album out in October and are really starting to make waves. They kind of remind me of Nirvana. I also can’t wait for Harvey Causon; both acts are really different but exciting’.

Other artists to watch out for include the supporting headliners Jono Mcleery – an acoustic, new jazz and folk artist, along with Afrikan Boy who will support The Mouse Outfit with their part grime, part afro-beat vibes.

The Cameron brothers booked a still-relatively-unknown Ben Howard back in 2010

The Cameron brothers booked a still-relatively-unknown Ben Howard back in 2010, a move James cites as the thing that really kicked things off for Fieldview Festival. ‘It all changed the year Ben Howard got involved. We had been listening to him on MySpace and were totally besotted with him. We managed to book him to headline our Friday night and after that everything just went mental, basically! From that point onwards it was in-at-the-deep-end, and the beginning of a change of mentality for us’.

A key signifier of the attitude of Fieldview Festival and why it feels like such a special place to be each year is their absolute refusal to commercialise the festival and take a profit for themselves. The festival is run entirely by volunteers and every penny of profit goes straight to charities and good causes – a figure that so far exceeds £30,000.     

A key signifier of the attitude of Fieldview Festival and why it feels like such a special place to be each year is their absolute refusal to commercialise the festival and take a profit for themselves

This year, the chosen cause is the Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity. And in keeping,  Fieldview 2018’s fancy dress theme – strongly adhered to on the festival Saturday – is The Natural World (take a look at Fieldview’s theme mood board for some inspiration).   

‘We want to help people love nature and minimise their impact upon it. All the media hype around plastic in the oceans recently is a really great thing and brings attention to the need for change. We want to support care of the oceans and that includes plastic impact, so it seemed fitting that we support the Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity this year.’

With this being Fieldview Festival’s final year, James and the Fieldview team really want to see as many faces, old and new, at this year’s send off. So if Fieldview Festival has given you some special memories over the years or you’ve always meant to check it out, don’t sleep on your last chance to be a part of this truly special little festival.

don’t sleep on your last chance to be a part of this truly special little festival

The festivals reliance on volunteers is what allows the profits to be donated to charity, thus their dedication has been hugely pivotal to the success of the festival.

‘It’s all because of the volunteers that we’ve progressed so far. We get such an incredible mix of backgrounds wanting to be involved. I think it’s what’s protected that community atmosphere that Fieldview Festival has become so well-known for. It affects the atmosphere of the place, ‘cause everyone knows that all that additional money is going straight to a good cause. 

‘Everyone gives their time freely and without any motives other than to have a great time. Everyone comes and lets their barriers down and it embodies what all festivals are trying to create – which is essentially a freedom from everyday life and the ability to let your worries go for a weekend.

Everyone gives their time freely and without any motives other than to have a great time

‘It’s going to be another classic year of Fieldview Festival. Up and coming bands like The Blinders and Harvey Causon, as well as more well-known artists like The Mouse Outfit. Overall, it’s just gonna be a really great weekend and an amazing send off for Fieldview Festival’.

Tickets are still available for the festival this weekend, and if your purse strings are a little stretched, our friends at Nitelife magazine have a special discount code that will give you massive 20% off.

Words by Sarah MacPherson

Fieldview Festival takes place in Wiltshire from 2 – 5 August 2018. For full lineup, festival info and tickets head over to fieldviewfestival.co.uk.