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Headline Farmfest 16 with Young Fathers, Gilles Peterson, GoGo Penguin, Errors, The Hot 8 Brass Band, DJ Format & Abdominal, Pearson Sound b2b Kowton, Lone (live) + more
29th & 30th July Gilcombe Farm Somerset UK
“Perfectly timed jazz funk goodness” – Shortlist Magazine
On another plane of the jazz spectrum sit legendary New Orleans outfit The Hot 8 Brass Band who have been blowing for over 20 years. They are among the very best exponents of big brass jazz, blending classic covers with new and funk-fuelled original tunes, and are one massive hoot!
Scottish ‘post-electro’ protagonists Errors, signed to Mogwai’s label Rock Action, have been knocking out electronic rock gems for over a decade, developing a scintillating live show along the way. Last year’s offering Lease of Life is arguably their best effort to date by some margin suggesting they have plenty left in the synth tank.
Flamingods make an exceptional noise with instruments collected from around the world. Following an unlikely band template this five-piece produce their music by transferring files over the internet. What could lead to a dislocation of sounds comes out of the melting pot as an otherworldly cacophony of bliss.
Anchorsong‘s incredibly creative and forward thinking beats are starting to garner the reputation they deserve with heavy rotation on BBC 6 Music this year. The Japanese artist’s mesmerising live shows are spellbinding, “The producer’s commitment to live performance is reaching truly groundbreaking levels” – Clash Magazine.
Pumarosa have recently burst onto the scene with the bewitching Priestess, a track produced by Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bat for Lashes), that mesmerises for a full 7 and a half minutes and garnered support from Zane Lowe. Roseaudropped her debut album, Salt, on Big Dada last year and shortly after supported Lianne La Havas on a UK tour. Her delicate compositions meander gently over the expected bass that often accompanies this fine label’s output. South London’s Peluché concoct a delightful ramshackle of sounds. Their first few releases are full of pleasant surprises and quirky ditties, describing their sound as an ’80’s punk bubble bath’, perfect for a sunny afternoon. Belgium’s Stuff. also bring a cross-genre groove but in a quite different way spanning broken hiphop, electronic and jazz influenced future funk. Their live jams will lock you in and leave you exhausted but gasping for more.
On the DJ side of things, Farmfest have also announced Pearson Sound b2b Kowton, San Proper, Auntie Flo, Baba Stiltz, Toby Tobias, Glowing Palms and DJ Format & Abdominal.
Pearson Sound drops in to accompany Kowton for an extended 3hr back to back set. The Hessle Audio honcho is renowned as one of UK dance music’s most innovative producers, a notoriety which has seen him garner worldwide fame and crank up the air miles to deliver sets of heavy bass driven rhythms to fans across the globe. Likewise, Auntie Flo has similar worldwide appeal, no surprise given his ‘afro-futurist’ sound is a unique fusion of electronic and world influences, a sound that gained recent recognition with a set at BBC 6 Music festival alongside Gilles Peterson. He’ll be headlining Bristol crew Shapes‘ offering, alongside Amsterdam legend San Proper, praised for his sumptuously eclectic sets skilfully blending house, and disco, acid and afro-beat.
Swedish producer Baba Stiltz jets in to headline the Crucial & Fresh Saturday takeover bringing his blend of low-slung and sultry house rhythms. Joining him will be cutting edge connoisseurs Glowing Palms and Toby Tobias plus General Public (Flaxman) & Colm K.
After 10 years apart DJ Format & Abdominal are back with a bang. Their reunion tour at the end of last year was the hottest hip hop ticket in town and the duo proved they can still cut it with the very best showcasing new material alongside their huge hits ‘Ill Culinary Behavior’, ‘Vicious Battle Raps’ & ‘Ugly Brothers’.
Wild Beer are back!
All of these wondrous groove providers are clearly going to encourage a thirst, and so it is a welcome announcement that Wild Beer will be returning to Farmfest 2016, bringing with them their glorious craft beer offering brewed just a hop, skip and jump from the festival site. Famed for extravagant, flavoursome brews, their bar and their beer were a massive hit at Ff 2015.
More acts and DJs will be announced over the coming months ahead of the festival at the end of July.
Full list of confirmed acts to date:
The Hot 8 Brass Band (US)
DJ Format & Abdominal
Bentley Rhythm Ace
My Baby (Holland)
Shilpa Ray (US)
Desert Sound Colony
Holy Two (France)
Plastic Mermaids (Isle of Wight)
Afriquoi (DJ set)
The Flamenco Thief
Passion Bel Canon
Farrmfest Pres The Den:
Gilles Peterson (w/ Earl Zinger)
Pearson Sound b2b Kowton
Kayla Painter (live & DJ)
Admin B2B Harri Pepper
Will Lister (Phonica Records)
Boogie Cafe DJs
Joe & Si (Farmfest)
San Proper (Holland)
Desert Sound Colony (DJ Set)
The Banoffee Bunch (Banoffee Pies)
People Like Us
K.E.T FM (live)
Will Telford & Neal Cunningham
Crucial & Fresh takeover featuring:
Baba Stiltz (Sweden)
General Public (Flaxman) & Colm K
Crucial & Fresh
– Late Night Tales DJs
– Unwanted Family
– The Civilisation of the Rough
– The High Grade Rockers Dub Soundsystem
– Vintage Mobile Disco ‘Soul Express’ stage
Date: Friday 29th & Saturday 30th July 2016
Location: Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset
Price: 4th Release tickets: Adult Weekend £76 / 13-17yrs Weekend £57 / Campervan Pass £30
The Farmfest Ethos
Farmfestival started as a party for friends and has stayed that way 11 years on. We’re a festival that doesn’t believe in hype or inflated prices. What we do believe in is a genre-defying selection of music from emerging talents, cult heroes & local gems, inspiring arts activities, amazing charities and great local produce, set to a beautiful Somerset vista. Or to put it simply: good music, good causes, good times.
In 2006, a small group of friends native to Somerset made the decision to host an intimate, cost-effective festival for their friends as an alternative to the events dominating the English summer. Farmfestival’s subsequent success has seen attendances grow organically through word of mouth, from an initial 400 to its intentionally capped 5000 capacity.
Farmfestival remains adamantly sponsor-free, with an unflinching commitment to affordability and value for money – criteria integral to the unique and wonderful atmosphere that has been created. Never resting on its laurels, the curation of music, arts and activities for the whole family is pushed year on year, ensuring a freshness of approach and plenty of surprises for the many people who return again and again.
The festival celebrates its surroundings with the best local fare and organic Somerset ciders and ales. Families and children are well catered for and looked after with their own camping space and plenty of activities to keep the little ones busy.
4th Release Adult Weekend tickets are rebelliously well priced at £76, including free camping and parking. Each year profits are donated to a range of charities, both national and local. Charities that have received donations over the years include Send a Cow, Practical Action, Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance and The British Stammering Association.