Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Lounge on the Farm, Canterbury

Festivals in Kent seem to have had their ups and downs. When I ran the entertainment pages for the Kent Messenger's flagship paper, we were always invited to a plethora of events across the county. I cannot tell you how many Clubclass nights I went to (countless) and how many emerging artists I watched with a cider in hand.
I had a great few years reviewing bands, plays, comedy shows and the like and made some great friends along the way.

There have however, been a couple of howlers that spring to mind. Zoo8 was one of those gems. Mark Ronson and Scroobius Pip were awesome and I interviewed them both - charming. Acts not turning up however, not so charming. Dizzee Rascal was apparently told he wouldn't get a penny and following him, countless other joined the queue.
Electric Garden's debut was short lived in 2006-07 - an old friend worked on this event and it was a fantastic, well executed dance festival that had loads of ravers creeping out of their shells.
Lounge on the Farm rocked up in 2006 and has only got bigger and better.
Lounge on the Farm is an awesome tribute to the sights, sounds, tastes and brilliance of Kent. Featuring up an coming acts making their festival debut, interspersed with established acts like The Super Furry Animals, Mystery Jets and Roots Manuva.
Food comes in the form of locally produced genius and according to the website, suppliers include: Godmersham Game, The Butcher of Brogdale, Hedgers of Canterbury, The Goods Shed Butchery, Griggs of Hythe, Simon the Fish, Ripple Farm Organics, Monkshill Farm, Dumbrells, Hinxden Dairy, Dargate Dairy, Walmestone Growers and many more.......
I was lucky enough to attend in 2007 and 2008 and had the most amazing time. This year promises to be even bigger. The line-up includes: Ellie Golding. Katy B, The Streets, Echo and the Bunnymen, Devlin, The Vaccines, Cast Example, Annie Mac, DJ Zinc and the Scratch Perverts. Around 50 more acts are rocking the stages and with the introduction of a shiny new main stage, Lounge on the Farm can only get bigger.
I am beyond excited.

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