Lounge on the Farm Festival 2011 July 8th – 10th Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent
aaamusic | On 30, Jun 2011
Lounge on the Farm are pleased to reveal the line up for the Silent Disco which is a new addition to this year’s festival. Open till 4am, it will be a place for those night owls to continue partying. Silent disco will feature a selection of DJs over the weekend including Sombrero Sound System, resident DJs at Sunday Best and Bestival are bringing their ultimate party playlist to go head-to-head with Rus Cuban – former DJ with The Cuban Brothers whose blend of hip hop, latin beats, twisted funk and pop is sure to get people’s feet moving.
Straightola – who cut his teeth on the Manchester party scene and now regularly DJs at Village Underground in London, local heroes Wax Hands and Sam Pepper – a hyperactive DJ that has played Snowbombing, Bestival, Get Loaded in the Park and Lovebox, toured with Pendulum, DJ Zinc, Kissy Sell Out and Alex Metric – have also been confirmed for the Silent Disco line up.
They will be playing alongside the swoonsome duo Beats in Abundance – a perfect accompaniment to Lounge on the Farm’s eclectic and eccentric sensibility, Get Low Cartel, Cuddles and Curls, Archielo, Blonde Ambition – behind the London Lovesick parties she recently made her Glastonbury DJ debut, POW!, Urban Knights, Ollie Russian, and Ronnie Joice who in the past has DJ’d for Babyshambles, Kate Moss and Noel Fielding.
Combining surf guitar and southern gospel into bleak soundscapes, London based The Bookhouse Boys have also just been confirmed to headline The Farmhouse Bar on Friday evening
As previously announced – The Streets, Ellie Goulding and Echo & The Bunnymen are confirmed as main headliners for the July festival. Example, Katy B, Graham Coxon, Annie Mac, Everything Everything, Jamie Woon, The Joy Formidable, The Vaccines, Johnny Flynn and Cornershop will all be joining them.
The festival is also pouring energy into its newest stage addition the Meadows Stage. Joined by the Furthur team, whose visual stylings are notoriously unique and fresh, this collaboration sees a true union of creative forces and is bound to sum up contemporary Canterbury in a whirlwind of fun and frolics amongst the maize.
One of the most successful Canterbury bands, prog rock legends Caravan have also been confirmed for the festival, with the re-release of the seminal album In the Land of Grey and Pink due this summer, they will play the new Meadows stage.
Having carved itself out a niche as a festival known for its unique location on a real life, working farm (with real animals roaming about), plus a strong focus on delicious food, family friendly atmosphere and reputable line-up, Lounge on the Farm Festival will double its capacity in 2011 to 10,000 people and also cement itself as one of the key boutique UK festivals for the summer. At just 55 mins on a train from Kings Cross, this is an easy festival to get to for Londoners and is fast securing the hottest line up of the summer.
2011 sees Lounge on the Farm introduce its new Main Stage (capacity 4000), a move that will see the festival grow to new heights whilst preserving its core ethos – booking a line up that mixes new bands from across the board with classic heritage acts.
Meanwhile, The Cowshed – formerly the main stage of the festival – becomes The Hoe Down. The 2000 capacity tent, kitted out with state of the art sound systems, will turn into the most unique dance arena in the country, keeping the party going till the early hours.
The newest addition to the festival this year is The Meadows Stage, replacing The Furthur Stage; it will remain a haven for an eclectic mix of bands across the musical spectrum.
The first seeds of the festival were sown in the spring of 2004, due to chance meeting between ‘Lounge Original’ Sean Baker and the son of a farmer. Together they watched a band perform aboard a lorry in Canterbury – ideas were exchanged and a telephone number was hastily jotted on a pack of Marlboros.
2006 saw the birth of Lounge on the Farm and since then it has been going from strength to strength, including winning the “Best Line Up” at the 2009 UK Festival Awards and the “Sustainability” award at the 2008 Greener Festival Awards.
Lounge on the Farm was built around the desire to do something different, to bring a unique slant to the packed and competitive UK summer festival market. Located on the gorgeous and invariably sun drenched landscape of Merton Farm, LOTF combines the very best elements for the ultimate British Summertime. With a line-up that represents a mixture of chart-topping acts, hot new bands, DJs and local talent, there will be something for everyone, plus plenty more to discover as well.
All food and drink at The Meadows is locally sourced, including the delicious ales and ciders and traders sell everything from kippers to scones. The cows are raised all year on Merton Farm to become the superb burgers and steaks served on site.
“Vibrant, rustic affair with exquisite food, hay bales and a farmer who patrols with his dogs” The Telegraph
“Enjoy the quaint setting, laid-back beats, locally sourced food” The Guardian Guide
“Lounge on the Farm is an expert as showcasing superb new talent set to blow up” Clash Music
“With sumptuous weather every year, Lounge on the Farm has created a niche for itself as a gorgeous countryside getaway.” Drowned In Sound
“Top 50 Things To Do This Summer” The Sunday Times Style
“Top 10 Boutique Festivals” The Times Travel
“Top 20 Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of” The Observer Travel
Adult ‘Farmer’ day/weekend tickets – £45/£105
Family ‘Farmers’ day/weekend tickets – £80/£190
Youth ‘Farmer’ (13-17 years) day/weekend tickets – £35/£82.50
Child ‘Farmer’ (0-12 years) day/weekend tickets – FREE
Student ‘Farmer’ weekend tickets – £95
Student group ‘Farmers’ ticket (for 10) – £850
Teacher ‘Famer’ weekend ticket – £95
Campervan/Mobile Car – £45
Please note, new reduced Child and Family ticket prices – for those festival goers who have already purchased their Family and Child tickets, refunds for the additional cost will be given.