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The small festival big on atmosphere Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th July Bradley Farm, Hampshire Take a trip to Bradley Farm for this small but perfectly formed event won the 2007 award for Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards. Blissfields has an intimate capacity of 1,250 people, but cuts no corners by offering four stages of music, chill out areas, cafes and art installations as well as excellent camping facilities, camp-fires and late night DJing. This year’s headliners will be the Stereo MCs - pioneers of British hip-hop. Worth going because: you won’t find a camping festival as intimate and calming at Blissfields – it’s even a tonic for post-Glastonbury revellers who want a getaway after the hectic five days on Worthy Farm. To see what Mean Fiddler’s founder is up to now For the people who love food as much as music Friday 9th - Sunday 11th July Merton Farm in Canterbury, Kent Named “Best Festival for Foodies” by The Guardian in 2008 and winner of Best Line-up at the UK Festival Awards 2009, Lounge on the Farm celebrates its fifth anniversary this year with an eye on proving quality not quantity counts. Motown giants Martha Reeves & The Vandellas will be joined by reggae greats Toots & The Maytals deck-master DJ Yoda, jazz from Courtney Pine and folktronic tour de force Tunng. Camden’s The Flowerpot is decamping to Kent to host the Farm Folk tent and you’ll be able to tuck into fine food from the Garden of England. Worth going because: Lounge on the Farm’s reputation is their proudest feature so its organisers will want to maintain their exceptionally high standards. For a festival that’ll diversify your tastes Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th September Moseley Park, Birmingham Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd July The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent Billed as the stripped-back festival with no sponsorship and no branding where everyone can enjoy the music in the same way, however they’ve paid for their ticket, The Hop Farm Festival is Vince Power’s festival baby. Carrying his name, the Mean Fiddler founder has assembled a line-up including headliners Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Blondie, Ray Davis and Mumford & Sons to ensure it’s an event he can be proud of. Worth going because: the headliners would be just as at home on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury as at this Hop Farm. Showcasing unsigned acts alongside established international makes for an exciting line-up of traditional, contemporary and downright experimental folk and acoustic music at this festival in Brum. For its fifth year, there will be performances out beyond the tree-lined boundaries of the park into a choice selection of Moseley Village’s finest pubs where you’ll find sessions, dancing and an array of talented musicians. The Divine Comedy, Turin Brakes, Donovan and The Ukulele Orchestra are just some of the eclectic highlights to look forward to this September. Worth going because: this is one festival featuring acts you won’t see on television all summer long. 59

The Kaje - Issue 2 (June 2010)

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