The Farmfest arena is a positively bustling cornucopia of music, arts and entertainment with 7 music stages, workshop areas, entertainment big top and kids tent, each featuring fantastically imagined and lovingly crafted sets creating the perfect backdrop for our performers and crowd to fully immerse themselves.
Home to the big name headliners and so much more. A showcase for a vivid and varied selection of music from across the globe and spanning genres, from up and coming names gaining reputations to established acts outside of the mainstream. With a relaxed atmosphere, space to dance or to let the kids roam, and with a tingle of excitement in the air it’s given us some magical moments.
From folk to hip-hop to big brass bands, world music to mystifying electronica, it’s all happening under the big blue sky. With a unique atmosphere and an intimacy that belies its size, the Big Blue is a jovial place where elegant singer-songwriters nestle alongside devastating beatboxers, traditional 12-piece Columbian bands are joined by samba drummers from Bath, and where the distinction between performer and audience can often get a little blurred!
Championing local talent is an important part of Farmfest and for many years The Sett has been integral to this, providing a platform for the best acts that the region has to offer, perfectly re-imagining those great nights down the pub where you discover your new favourite band. With a new look in store and some incredible headliners taking to the stage, The Sett is ready for its best year yet.
DJs from across the world of dance music spin from our vintage combine harvester in a patchwork den of duvets. It’s not all four to the floor in here, an eclectic array of fine music purveyors blend tunes from decades past to future white-labels, disco, funk, soul, beats and breaks, and stuff that doesn’t even have a name. It also plays host to a highlight of the weekend, the Farmfest closing party, with residents Joe & Si and the Farmfest family.
Our guest-curated DJ tent has Bristol’s Shapes crew in residence and has been known to swallow many a reveller for the duration of the festival with a hypnotic and irresistible blend of house and techno. If you’ve lost your mate, this may well be where they are!
The arts & entertainments offering at Farmfest has grown from strength to strength over the past few years culminating with the emergence of a brand new venue, The Palladium. Located at the top of the hill, nestled alongside the village of traders and overlooking The Green, it is the perfect place to take a load off and witness some extraordinary performances from a veritable smorgasboard of comedians, poets, theatre makers as well as film-screenings.
We’ve workshops aplenty, so come get busy and creative or just chilled out and rested! Tune in to the rhythms of samba, wield a can of spray paint, massage your partner into a state of bliss, or find your own peace with some yoga. You’ll find it next door to The Palladium.
The famous kids tent is forever bursting at the seams with arts and crafts activities for toddlers to tweenies and this year will be no exception. Carnival make-and-take sessions, musical workshops, African story-telling and discos, it’s all here for the little ones. Just a hop, skip and a jump from family campsite, overlooking The Green.
Where all the fun and games and silliness take place! Head here with your creations for The Farmfest Hat Competition and the Farmfest Carnival and any time you feel like burning off some steam!
Old Faithful, the old main stage re-incarnate will once again host those most affable Vintage Mobile Disco chaps, playing 7″ vinyl that has to be at least 30 years old. If you were one of the many to enjoy them in the giant pinata last year and are prepping yourselves to head straight for the multi-coloured realm, you’ll have to keep your wits about you as Old Faithful will once again be reborn with a brand new form. And to make it extra special Fleetmac Wood, a party dedicated to the music of one of the greatest bands of our time will also be making a guest appearance.
The Dub Tent is the High Grade Rockers dub soundsystem, playing the best of roots, reggae and dub. Occupying a corner of Farmfest for more years than we can remember High Grade Rockers are both a very firm, yet slightly wobbly favourite!
Doing exactly what The Sett does for local talent but with less plugs and a slightly more genteel bent. A nice, comfy spot to chill amongst the village at the top of the hill.
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