Taking place in a beautiful woodland less than an hour from bustling London, Farr Festival is a mesmeric escape from reality. Now spread over four days at Bygrave Woods, the weekend-long adventure is a blend of cutting-edge music with real heart and soul, an edifying and enriching experience for the mind and body alike, sound-tracked by some of the most inspiring, challenging and creative artists across six stages.
🌳 THURSDAY - 5TH JULY 🌳
Farr Festival opens on Thursday 5th July with a captivating live set from Canadian producer Jacques Greene, who has collaborated with the likes of Jimmy Edgar to The XX. Bringing in some of the Motor City's vibrations, the lone masked prince of Detroit DJ Stingray is joined by Shanti Celeste to showcase their high velocity DJ skills.
Revered long-time selectors Prosumer, Tama Sumo, Lakuti, Dan Beaumont and newcomer Wes Baggaley are set to elevate Thursday’s emotions even higher, whilst Antepop, Ozel AB, Jacques Bon and Telfort bring things deeper than deep at the esteemed Campfire Headphase stage. Shadow City Soundsystem, Champagne Funk, GIRL and Kiara Scuro also step up to conclude Thursday’s offerings.
🌳 FRIDAY - 6TH JULY 🌳
On Friday 6th July, “Original Nuttah" Shy FX warms up the crowd at the Factory before Mount Kimbie are joined by a full band to perform their recent Krautrock inspired long player “Love What Survives”. Multi-instrumentalist Tom Misch also joins Friday’s proceedings with a live performance of his eagerly anticipated new album “Geography”, followed by a superlative DJ set from Daphni, the solo outing of Caribou.
Sure to bring maximal heat to the woods, stage host Mr G will step up with a pulsating live show, joined by techno heavy weight DVS1, sonic explorer Afrikan Sciences, jazz virtuoso Byron The Aquarius, New Jersey native Joey Anderson and Josey Rebelle.
Eclair Fifi, Body Hammer and a live performance from Kelly Lee Owens precede Veronica Vasicka’s high energy selection of industrial EBM and other synth-music oddities, whilst Optimo and Young Marco join forces for some unique back-to-back action. Call Super and Or:la will take over the woods before the Zenker Brothers go back-to-back with Skee Mask for a potent DJ assault.
Skee Mask will also play a solo live set at Campfire Headphase joined by a hotly tipped experimental lineup featuring The Trilogy Tapes production duo Rezzett, Workshop Records co-founder Even Tuell, L.I.E.S affiliate Terekke, rising Berlin selector Cera Khin, Meda Mury label boss Nick Williams, plus an ambient back-to-back set from Sofia Ilyas and Francis Redman. Campfire Headphase will close with a captivating live sunrise set from Chilean experimental beat producer Natureboy Flako.
🌳 SATURDAY - 7TH JULY 🌳
Saturday 7th July brings together some of the most on-point names in electronic music. Maribou State and George Fitzgerald will both perform live at The Factory, preceding dub aficionado Jah Shaka and Adrian Sherwood plus BBC Radio 1’s very own Benji B. Innervisions label boss Dixon will play a specially extended three-hour set at The Shack joined by Job Jobse, Running Back label founder Gerd Janson, Willow and Ma Dahu.
Roman Flügel and Salon Des Amateurs resident Lena Willikens promise to present a near out-of-body experience, whilst the enigmatic Paranoid London duo whip up a much anticipated analogue storm. They are joined by Bawrut, DEBONAIR, Marlon Hoffstadt and live sets from Timothy Clerkin and C.A.R. aka Chloé Raunet.
Campfire Headphase sees Galcher Lustwerk, DJ Richard and Vester Koza on the wheels of steel, whilst the man behind the all-time classic “Peace Of Mind”, Claro Intelecto, will ravish the audience with a rare appearance, followed by an ethereal live set at sunrise from Indole Records’ boss HOLOVR.
Terry Farley, Daren Nunes and Nancy Noise join long standing Trojan Records Sound System selector and serious Jamaican music connoisseur Earl Gateshead to complete Saturday’s offerings.
🌳 SUNDAY - 8TH JULY 🌳
Hunee is without doubt one of the most in-demand selectors in the world, weaving together everything from house and disco via soul, funk and further exotic escapades. He’ll be joined by Rush Hour head honcho Antal, who will be serving up a lifetime masterclass of house, techno, rare Afro funk, forgotten disco and everything in between.
Dan Shake is well known as the first non-Detroiter to ever see release on Moodymann’s Mahogani Music imprint, and with a debut at that. Whether it’s through his expertise behind the decks or his mood lifting, hard pounding productions, energy is certain in his presence. Next up is Amsterdam-based regular Interstellar Funk. Having recently launched his own imprint, he continuously deploys his unique digging-and-assembling savoir faire via the most demanding of dance floors.
Over in the woods Perlon co-founder Zip aka Thomas Franzmann plays an extended 4-hour set, offering minimal shifts within the 4/4 sphere. Revered analogue producer Digby drops in with a rare appearance and rising star Laylla Dane joins in on the fun serving up an eclectic and groove-ridden sound.
Debuting at Farr Festival for the first time, Bristol-based imprint Bokeh Versions are poised to explore the outer fringes of dub with a hypnotic live set from Athens native Jay Glass Dubs. Bristol staple and Bokeh newcomer Sunun will play live incorporating a hand harp, drums and ancient rhythms all fed through her mixing desk to achieve a ghostly and ethereal dubplate sound. Peng Sound affiliates Wilfy Rootikal and MC Rankin Snoopy promise to inject carnival vibes throughout.
Flux resident Archie takes things deeper, whilst Wallauer aims to weave together Afro, disco and techno. Pool Tax will explore everything from slow psychedelic disco to gnarled electro. Finally Balamii residents Puma Blue, Sean OD and Will Lister complete Sunday’s programming.
Further to Sunday’s announcement, we also welcome long-time Phonica Records stalwart and Meda Fury label boss Nick Williams to the Campfire Headphase stage. Whities affiliate Martin Josef joins the stage for some oddball electronics, whilst prolific Emotional Response kingpin Chuggy steps up for a three hour DJ set divulging his 15,000 strong record collection spanning ambient, new wave, post-punk, disco and house.
Finally we are beyond excited to present a Farr Festival debut in the form of a live reel-to-reel tape set from Ramjac Corporation. One of the UK's unsung electronic pioneers, known for his voltaic live shows during the heady days of the Summer of Love in 1988. Having performed on tour with Orbital, expect to be cast back to the halcyon sounds of acid house, breakbeat, jungle and dub all soundtracked through Ramjac’s own flavour of sampled beats from his Atari, Emulator and dual reel-to-reel tape recorders.
Adding artisanal food and drink, holistic activities; including workshops, yoga and meditation, plus hot tubs, talks and cocktail workshops, the ninth edition of Farr Festival offers a beautifully balanced extended weekend of music, arts, wellness and lots of fun in summer 2018, an essential destination for festival lovers which continues to flourish.