Preview: Farmfest 2017

After sellout years in 2015 and ’16, Farmfest is returning for a 12th installment, bringing their particular brand of fun and frolics to Gilcombe Farm once again.

The event is well known for its humble beginnings and strong green ethos, with much care and thought put in to locally sourcing food and drink and keeping their carbon footprint minimal by reusing and recycling whenever and wherever they can. They also work closely with charitable ticket selling platform Party for the People, raising and donating over £5,000 last year.

Farmfest 2017 preview

With the bar set pretty high by last year’s lineup, we excitedly awaited the announcement of this year’s musical offerings and I’m pleased to say we weren’t disappointed…

Fridays headline act Shobaleader One is the latest project from IDM legend Tom Jenkinson (aka Squarepusher) who is well known for his creative exploration into all things electronica. The set will be a full band portrayal of some squarepusher classics all from his new album Elektrac, with promises of mind bending light shows and performances.

Farmfest 2017 preview

Another stand out name on the roster is Roots Manuva, a titan of UK rap who will be headlining the mainstage on Saturday with his alternative brand of hip hop as part of his 2017 tour. Performing with a live band and with two years since the release of his last studio album Bleeds, we think we can expect a journey through his back catalogue, with some hand-picked classics fit to make any festival crowd drool.

As well as the big names, the lineup is littered with lesser known gems making a name for themselves on the festival circuit, like Elder Island and Cousin Kula – two bands out of Bristol who are starting to look very much at home on any festival lineup, having already featured on more than a few already this year.

Farmfest 2017 preview Dj YODA

There’s also an array of DJs to carry your night through to the morning including Farmfest favourites Nightmares on Wax, DJ Yoda and the usual take overs from Bristol’s Shapes crew and Late Night Tales.

While providing a suitable bassline to keep most people occupied throughout the night, the festival also aims to provide a range of alternative entertainment throughout the day, which can help a lot when it comes to keeping the little nippers entertained.

As well as the Kids’ Kingdom there’s plenty of workshops designed to entertain people of all ages ranging from yoga and couples massages, to costume making and ink marbling.

It’s also worth noting that the festival will not be taking place in 2018 – taking a well deserved year out – so your next chance to witness the magic that is Farmfest will be summer 2019.

Farmfest takes place 28th & 29th July, Bruton, Somerset. For tickets and more information visit the website.