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Festival Review

FarmFest review

So another summer is over and the weather is turning colder. The wooly jumpers are coming out, we are all heading back to our studies and reminiscing about our amazing times at this years festivals.

You may have jumped about like crazy to the Foo Fighters at Reading, danced your socks off to Tinie Tempah and Example at the Isle of Wight festival or grooved with your friends to Stevie Wonder at Bestival.

A select few however were lucky enough to experience FarmFest.

Held on the 27th and 28th July at Gilcombe Farm in Somerset and at only £35 a ticket, this 7 year young festival is going from strength to strength.

In their own words “We’re a festival that doesn’t believe in queues and inflated prices. We believe in our favourite selection of alternative music, local produce, local charities and good honest fun set to the backdrop of a beautiful Somerset vista”.

They are not wrong, the farm is beautiful with rolling hills all around, the food (all locally sourced) was amazing and for a festival pretty reasonably priced.

Family friendly, there was a ridiculously fun inflatable obstacle course, a wrestling ring with a great bunch of wrestlers playing up to the crowds watching, and the local newspaper had a stall where you could decorate your own t-shirt, bags and have your face painted.

Now to the most important part of any festival – no not the Somerset cider which there was plenty of – the music.

With a great selection of bands and DJ’s there really was something for everyone. Looking at the line up you may not recognise many of the bands but there were many hidden gems there.

A few noticeable bands they you should definitely look up were, Black Friday (an Irish folk punk rock great band), Submotion Orchestra (a trip hop jazz dubstep beautiful band) and The Lovely Eggs (an underground punk rock duo).

None of these however blew me away more the The Standards. With their original mix of punk, pop, country, dirty rock and roll they were the clear stand out band of the weekend.

The lads had a great and funny chemistry on stage and have a tightness in their live show that can only prove that they clearly love what they do. I even got a chance (along with about 50 others) to get onstage with them for a mini invasion, all instigated by the guys themselves.

Don’t believe me? Check them and their new album out yourselves.

When the bands were done for the day is when Gilcombe Farm got down and dirty. What looked like a normal shop front hid a night of hedonistic dance. Civilisation Of The Rough are well known for putting on some of the most epic nights in Southsea, and because of their growing reputation they were asked if they would like their own tent at FarmFest. Jumping at the chance they did not disappoint.

As you walked into their shop you are greeted by an enthusiastic member of the COR crew, after helping you select a fancy dress from the racks and racks of clothes they guide you through the back curtain and into another world.

Here you can lose yourself for hours dancing to the awesome tunes blasting you in the chest. With special guest and legendary DJ Graeme Park, The COR tent was a must for anyone up for an unmissable orgasm of the senses.

Here’s hoping FarmFest lives on for many years to come and I for one will be there every year it is from now on.

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