Get ready to enter the world of “The Bizarre”
Through the years, Blissfields has become an iconic event within the UK festival calendar. This year, the festival is on from 6-8 July, the perfect time in the middle of the summer. Crafted around sunshine, music and meadows, this low-key festival has, to this date, neverexperienced a rainy day since they started quietly operating back in 2001. Known for its laid-back, easy-going aura, the two-day festival attracts all ages, in particular families, with attractions and facilities to accommodate all walks of life. If you’re living in the memory of long lost fetes and garden parties in an England that perhaps never was, then this could be the festival for you!
As with all previous Blissfields, this year’s event hosts the theme; “The Bizarre”. Their website reads; “In July 2017 the very fabric of your perception in warping beneath Vicarage Farm as Blissfields breaks through to the underside. What will we find together, exploring both the very real and the very unreal of the bizarre. A tunnel through the fantastic, via fantasy and freakshow, will see the festival celebrate and fearfully poke the unknown. Blissfields will be the gateway into new frontiers where only the unexpected can be assumed.”
Keeping with the bizarre theme, the stage and set designs at Blissfields are some of the wackiest and weirdest in the world. The “Hidden Hedge” stage won the “Most Unique Festival Arena In The UK” award in 2015. With everything from secret entrances, fire pits, chill-out zones and elaborate art installations, you almost forget about the music… Almost.
Lacking the budget and pulling power of the larger festivals does not seem to be an obstacle when booking acts in at Blissfields. Following the release of their second consecutive top-20 album, 2016’s “Summer 08”, Metronomy have well and truly placed themselves at the top of the crossover electronic pop hierarchy. As one of the most exciting new wave groups of this generation, they headline alongside the Cinematic Orchestra.
The just 5,000 capacity event will also be welcoming “Queens Speech” freestyle rapper Lady Leshurr to the main stage, as well as BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Sian Anderson who will be headlining the Blisscotheque – a double decker bus designed to give you the ride of your life!
There’s a welcome return this year to festival favourites and Blissfields regulars Beans on Toast and Dub Pistols. Sundara Karma, whose debut album “Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect” was released at the start of this year, return to Vicarage Farm for a second time. The album received heaps of praise from The Independent, Line of Best Fit and DIY Magazine, who state; “chant-a-long choruses are a guaranteed.”
New arrivals to the event include The Japanese House, who at the start of the year, reached number four in NME’s essential new music for 2017 poll. Being compared to the melodic sound of Tame Impala’s chilled moments crossed with Jamie xx’s desirable rhythms.
Despite being around for nearly 20 years, Blissfields is really starting to make a name for itself and 2017 is looking like it could be the best one yet! Don’t think downsized, think more exclusive and niche, with a site that can be traipsed through in a matter of minutes, as opposed to fighting with hundreds across a boggy field for up to an hour. Expect plenty of novelties including DJs playing from the top of busses, all wrapped up with the right amount of serious and silly. Winner of the Best Small Festival prize at the UK festival awards for a reason, make sure that you book now to avoid disappointment!
Buy tickets here: http://www.blissfields.co.uk/tickets