Dates: 4th - 7th July 2019
Location: Newnham Village, Hertfordshire
In 2009, a small group of friends met in the woods for a small gathering; and the Farr Festival was born. Set in an ‘uninhabited’ forest in the rolling Hertfordshire countryside, masses of people congregate here for a weekend of great electronic music, food, fancy dress and much, much, more. Though it has grown fast, the festival retains a personal, intimate touch.
The forest in which the festival is set started life as an orchard; it was planted in 1980 for wild animals and game cover during the winter period. Within this forest was found ‘the shack’ – an abandoned wooden caravan that inspired their first stage (known as – ‘The Shack”). Though this soon was danced to dusty death, it was enjoyed enormously by everyone and set the tone for the décor that was to follow. Now, entering the forest during this special weekend, you’ll find sparkling lights, colourful bunting and heaps of wild ‘Woodland Warriors’…
Musically, visitors can expect a wide range of electronic music; dubstep, deep house, electro and tech – and a few in between. With international as well as local DJs and performers, the sound experience at Farr is truly brilliant. With about seven different stages/venues from which to release their magic, the ‘warriors’ will be kept dancing all day and all night. Previous performers include DJ Koze, Mount Kimbie, Ame, Midland, Move D, Prosumer, Hunee, Tama Sumo, Bicep, Andrew Weatherall, George Fitzgerald, Daniel Avery, Jackmaster, Sophie, Heidi… the list goes on.
Beyond this, the organizers have also arranged any number of additional amusements for their festival-goers. If it’s arts and crafts you’re interested in – take a break from boogying and get involved. Or take part in some circus workshops – hula hooping and belly dancing classes are available. Alternatively, do some life drawings or mask making. You can also indulge in some retail therapy in case your festival ensemble just isn’t quite up to scratch – there are stalls selling fancy dress, sunglasses, vintage wear – you name it. There are also massages, body painting, a cinema and some gorgeous fairground rides.
Festival tickets can only be bought by people 18 and over; this is not a family-friendly event. The creators work closely with the local community in order to ensure that their success is shared and appreciated collectively. This also makes for a very warm and friendly atmosphere through all those involved; one that is palpable on arrival.
As many appreciative attendees have noted, one part of the festival’s success is the way there is strong sense of being part of a ‘family’ – though they have expanded their numbers, one does not feel anonymous or drowned out. This can be unusual when something that started small expands so rapidly, but they have held it together; as Crack magazine reported: “In its short lifespan, Farr has demonstrated a startling ability to progress rapidly and cohesively. With this considered approach, its progression, and the festivals burgeoning identity, will continue to improve.”
Glamping at Farr Festival is a superb way to further perfect your overall weekend experience. Affordable luxury camping options offer a superlative accommodation solution. Comfort, space, privacy; plus all the perks of the boutique campsite, you’d be mad choosing anything else!