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Travel: Farmfest, Somerset

PUBLISHED: 22:42 14 July 2016 | UPDATED: 22:48 14 July 2016

Farmfest takes place on July 29-30

Farmfest takes place on July 29-30


A crafted music and cultural festival that attracts a fun crowd to the beautiful Somerset countryside. No, not Glastonbury, this is Farmfest, with a charming laid-back, family-friendly ethos that its very big brother can only dream of these days - and great music to boot

New Orleans' The Hot 8 Brass Band bring their big funky jazz sound to the festivalNew Orleans' The Hot 8 Brass Band bring their big funky jazz sound to the festival

The genre-defying Farmfest on Gilcombe Farm, Somerset is a destination for lovers of music of all stripes. A two-day festival of musical exploration, you can find yourself dancing to an eight-piece brass band before heading to an electronic jazz duo, a multi-layered looped singer-songwriter or an Afrobeat, Flamenco or electro-rock band... you get the picture. It’s much more than a music festival though, this is a destination with comedy, theatre, poetry and film. And it’s one to head to with the family too as there’s loads for the kids, including dance, singing and craft workshops – check out the hat-making sessions (a favourite) – storytelling and more. There’s even a separate family camping area away from the crowds with its own stewards looking after campers.

Retaining its relaxed, everyone welcome ethos and a big talent for making, designing and reappropriating, this is very much a handcrafted festival that attracts a feelgood crowd. Great cider too.

Highlights at the festival this year include GoGo Penguin, Young Fathers, Errors, The Hot 8 Brass Band, Bentley Rythym Ace, Shilpa Ray, Giles Peterson and Afrique... but you’re likely to come across a gem almost anywhere.

Farmfest takes place on July 29 and 30, 2016. Go to for tickets and full details.


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