FARMFEST about themselves:
From the practical stuff, to the artistic stuff to the downright odd stuff dotted about the site, pretty much everything you will see at Farmfest will have been hand-made, re-appropriated, designed, painted, built by one of the team, a collaborator, or one of our many volunteers.
Take our trusty main stage (a converted lorry trailer bought for 50p on ebay in 2006), engineered by Dejan and friends and still serving us well. Or the many wonderful creations that have adorned the marquees over the years, all designed, produced and installed (using very long, scary ladders) by our resident artists Rachel and Marie. Or the sheer bravery of Hazel who keeps the kids entertained all weekend with many a recycled item in the Arts & Crafts tent. We do as much of the work that goes into creating Farmfest as is humanly possible ourselves. And it’s not just the fun stuff, our flooring in the marquees – made from reclaimed plywood roofing – had to be de-nailed and repainted last year and just about every member of our team had a hand in the process!
This creative bargain hunting, the transformation of discarded and disused items and the willingness to put in the hours and make the most of what we have is not only a sensible way to live life of course, but in combination with keeping the festival nice and small, it allows us to keep our prices as affordable as possible. And creating a fantastic and affordable festival is what we’re all about.
We want great music from across the board, we want cool stuff to do when our ears need a rest, we want a relaxed atmosphere where everyone is welcome and we want to dance the night away and wake up to a hearty breakfast, sip on a thirst quenching local cider and start all over again.
We want all these things at a price that is not extortionate, we want to enjoy them in a beautiful setting in glorious countryside and we want to donate money to good causes. Farmfest is all of these things and that’s why we made it.
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.
Submotion Orchestra are huge fans of the festival, and agreed to craft a special mix in its honour. Focussing on their own decade long journey, it opens with the soul of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings before leaping into the butter-smooth hip hop production of J Dilla.
2005: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – ‘How Long Do I Have To Wait For You Baby’
2006: J Dilla – ‘So Far To Go’
2007: Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band – ‘The World (Is Going Up In Flames)’
2008: Ruckspin and Quark – ‘Sunshine’
2009: Orlando Julius – ‘Disco High Life’
2010: Trilogy – ‘Brother Don’t Cry’
2011: Submotion Orchestra – ‘All Yours’
2012: Antibalas – ‘Dirty Money’
2013: Author – ‘After Time’
2014: Kwabs – ‘Perfect Ruin’
2015: Gentlemens Dub Club – ‘Music is the Girl I Love’ (Prince Fatty Remix)