Wonderfully wacky Balter Festival is back for its fifth instalment at Chepstow Racecourse this June. Born out of a genuine love of music from a like-minded group of friends who wanted to put on a good party, this seriously fun off-kilter event, has gone on to capture the heart and imagination of many musical thrill seekers around the UK.
Earlier today, the Buckfast enthusiasts revealed this year’s epic lineup which will feature over 200 artists spaced across 10 unique stages. As always there will be a strong Bristol contingent and acts will cover a wide range of genres ranging from garage, DnB, hardtek, disco and so much more.
Headliners include afro-beat and jazz band Nubiyan Twist, frantic turbo-folk band Pás de Problème, dub and reggae 8-piece Backbeat Soundsystem and long-time festival folk band 3 Daft Monkey’s. Even MC Devvo is coming out to enjoy the party, despite retiring a few years ago.
Jungle always has a strong foothold at Balter, with this side of the lineup represented by the likes of Remarc, Aries b2b Nicky Blackmarket and the Born on Road crew, who provided a guestmix for us to warm up for their soundclash last year, losing out to Rumble in the Jungle who return this year to face Bristol legends Tremor Soundsystem. On the more drums and bass side of things, you can catch Ed Rush and Audio, a big Critical Music takeover featuring The Upbeats, Kasra and QZB; and a Methlab takeover featuring Broken Note and Cause4Concern.
This funky area is getting a makeover this year, and it promises something bigger and better than ever
You can also see names like Koan Sound, Killa P and OffMeNut2 as well as Bristol’s finest 24hr Garage Girls who will be returning yet again with their infamous human carwash. But if, like many, you are more partial to a bit of cheese, Balter’s even got that sorted with their star attraction, Disco Ball. This funky area is getting a makeover this year, and it promises something bigger and better than ever.
Away from the music you can drink ridiculously cheap booze, eat delicious and sustainable food and indulge in a range of games and activities. Just don’t let the concept of a chapel, circus bikes and fancy dress lead you to a child-friendly sense of security, this badboy is strictly over 18s and not for the faint-hearted.
For the full lineup, head to balterfestival.com or stick around and see what we thought of last year’s Balter Festival.
8 –10 June – Balter Festival, Chepstow Racecourse