A significant portion of Bristol is once again decamping to a field in Somerset this July, with Farmfest a mere eight days away. This will be the festival’s 12th year – and their last until 2019, with organisers taking a well-earned year out.
July 28-29 will see many artists leave their urban motherland behind and swap the heady sights and sounds of Bristol’s streets for the small-scale festival frolics and party antics that only an intimate shindig like Farmfest can offer.
Farmfest’s organisers have put together a lineup of emerging and established left-of-mainstream artists
Mixing genres like no other, Farmfest’s organisers have put together a lineup of emerging and established left-of-mainstream artists, alongside an entertainment programme that’s packed to the rafters with things to be getting busy with, including comedians, poets, dance competitions, a circus, crazy golf, acrobatics, body and mind sessions, art workshops, yoga, spoken word, and a whole lot of quality food and drink to wash it all down with.
Festival headliner Roots Manuva – the nine-album behemoth of the UK rap scene – will be taking to the stage for a truly memorable show with his live band in tow, as part of his 2017 tour. Mixing trip hop, jazzy beats and a heavy helping of soundsystem culture, Roots is one of our must-sees of the weekend.
Roots Manuva – the nine-album behemoth of the UK rap scene – will be taking to the stage for a truly memorable show with his live band in tow
Other highlights include Squarepusher’s latest project Shobaleader One, Late Night Tales and Farmfest favourite Nightmares on Wax. But let’s talk about the artists representing Bristol for the weekend…
Farmfest’s guest-curated tent is being taken over one again by Bristol’s Shapes crew, bringing all-day-and-night house and techno vibes to the weekend’s proceedings. The lineup also welcomes fellow Bristol natives Dropout Disco and Bristol-London queer party throwers PLU (People Like Us), two DJ collectives who between them will be ticking off the disco, funk and nu-wave side of things for the weekend.
Firm Bristol favourite and dubstep legend Pinch is going solo this year without lefthand man Sherwood by his side, putting down what will no doubt all be heavy floor fillers.
Dubstep legend Pinch is going solo this year, without lefthand man Sherwood by his side, putting down what will no doubt all be heavy floor fillers
Aside from dance music – which we know Bristol is good at – other Bristol acts representing at the festival include multi-intrumentallist and rapper Dizreali, experimental alt indie man Oliver Wilde, and live electronic trio Elder Island.
Whatever your reason for going, whether it’s the expertly crafted lineup, or to immerse yourself in world of a small but fun-loving festival, we’ll see you there.
Words by Alex Moreton