Known for its perfect balance of relaxation and revelry, and exceptionally friendly atmosphere, alongside a funky lineup that’s perfect for the beginning of summer; Shindig Weekender has earned a place in many festival lovers’ hearts as something intimate, unique and truly special.
Known for its perfect balance of relaxation and revelry
Set in the rolling hills of Somerset at Gilcombe Farm in Bruton, Shindig Weekender takes place over the May bank holiday. Brought to you by the multi-award winning record label and party-throwers the Ghetto Funk team, Shindig continues to step up its game with new elements thrown into the mix this year such as comedy from Mark Thomas and Phill Jupitus, poetry, Britain’s leading high wire walkers and talks from the BBC producers of awe-inspiring programmes Blue Planet and Planet Earth.
Shindiggers will be spoilt for choice as the festival promises to deliver a healthy dose of funkativity, as well as a jam-packed programme of entertainment for all ages, ranging from The Kid’s Kingdom to The Healing Field, kitted out with hot tubs and saunas.
a jam-packed programme of entertainment for all ages, ranging from The Kid’s Kingdom to The Healing Field, kitted out with hot tubs and saunas
With this its fifth year, Shindig’s lineup is yet to disappoint, with this year being no exception. Across 11 themed areas, guests can expect live performances from the likes of British hip-hop outfit Stereo MCs and music royalty the Jungle Brothers, as well as Bristol’s own Gardna and Eva Lazarus.
You can get your groove on during Mr Scruff’s and Norman Jay’s extended 3-hour sets or bust a move to Shindig stalwarts Stanton Warriors, A Skillz or Crazy P Soundsystem. There will also be plenty for house heads with big names from Ibiza such as Alfredo and Luke Solomon, as well as bounce and bass from the artists such as Deekline and Ed Solo.
WBBL and Father Funk from the Ghetto Funk label will be bringing big dirty chunks of funk with whomping bass lines as, once again, Shindig caters for everyone’s musical needs.
Fancy dress is always heartily encouraged and with this year’s theme being ‘Over the Rainbow’, come prepared to be bright and beautiful
Fancy dress is always heartily encouraged and with this year’s theme being ‘Over the Rainbow’, come prepared to be bright and beautiful. If you’re a first timer, you can check out our review of last year’s festival for an idea of what to expect.
If you grab your ticket before the end of January, you can snag a weekend ticket for £99, before they go up to £115. For the full lineup and tickets, head to shindigfestival.co.uk.
25 – 27 May – Shindig Weekender, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton
Words by Georgie Partington
Photos by Sarah Koury and Graham Wynne