BLUES ON THE FARM
Location: Pump Bottom Farm, Sussex
This is a long weekend of blues music on 40 acres of a cider farm, in the Sussex Coastal plain of the Chichester countryside. It won ‘Best British Blues Festival’ in 2010, and has a heartfelt, family-friendly atmosphere. You can expect first-rate performances from a broad spectrum of highly talented blues musicians and bands.
2016 will mark the festival’s 25th anniversary; and they are ready with a fantastic line-up to really celebrate this special date. Every year they listen to feedback from their audiences, and make adaptions or additions that guarantee it gets better than the last. They format the program in such a way that the music is shaped around a general ‘mood’ – for instance, on the first day they’ll get music to get things going; on the Friday, things will start to hot up; Saturday is ‘party day’ and Sunday is ‘good quality happy music’ for the whole family.
Their aim is to build real relationships with the people who attend; to create a genuine holiday experience for those that return every year, and those coming for their first time. The Sunday Times once described it as “The friendliest festival in the UK”; you can be sure that you will feel warm and welcome from the moment you arrive.
To keep things spicy, they will also throw in a little soul, funk, swing and jazz – no blues overload here. There is also a dedicated beer tent; where there are on offer up to twenty different real ales, amongst your expected lager and stout, and, of course, Applegram Cider which is the award winning concoction made on Pump Bottom Farm itself. From a culinary perspective, you won’t be let down – be it hog roasts to curry or fish and chips, you’ll find plenty to keep you going.
Pump Bottom Farm is close to Chichester Harbour and the marina at Chichester Yacht Basin – a beautiful spot to go and have a look at. Just four miles down the road, there’s the gorgeous sandy beach of West Wittering – best spot in the summer sun. There are plenty of other attractions in the nearby area – including the historic cathedral town of Chichester itself – so if you need a break from the festival there’s a lot to do close by.
The campsites for the event are close to the main stages – so you don’t need to worry about long walks from your tent to the action. Of course, if you’re glamping, you’ll need to worry about much less beyond that too – no need to pack bedding, remember the spare tent pegs, your towels, etc. In the luxury tented accommodation you’ll want for nothing. So if you feel like a happy, long weekend listening to world-class musicians play the blues (and a little more besides…) then book now to make sure you get in. And don’t forget to book your bell tent.