Like-mindedness. There’s something to be said about a festival where you find yourself in a crowd with Amber Run and Rhodes, all sharing a moment of connection to the sound of Jack Garratt. In this moment of truth, beloved Barn on the Farm festival meets everyone’s dreams of a summer to remember. A summer sound-tracked by new acoustic discoveries, old folk favourites and memorable melodies.
With music at the heart of the festival, it is heartfelt attention to detail that helps to recognise Barn on the Farm as the UK’s best independent festival. Everything from the ostriches you pass on the way in, to the cafe serving up homemade pancakes, there’s no denying the beauty and love found at Over Farm.
People who attend this festival love it with all their hearts. They seem to love each other too. Crowds are considerate, smiles are contagious and as far as festival toilets go, these are kindly well-kept. This year, musical proceedings kicked off on Friday, with the festival delivering on the promise of a truly intimate evening. Already we have surprise headliner Gabrielle Aplin sharing the stage for a sing-a-long with Hudson Taylor, Hannah Grace and Joe Keogh.
In terms of discovering exceptional new talent across the weekend, it was Alex Vargas who completely stole our breathe away. Our chosen one to watch, Alex has a powerful way with delivering emotion, and it’s hypnotising to watch.
Amber Run stop to soak in the atmosphere as they draw in a huge crowd for their honourable headline slot on the New Stage. Elsewhere Foy Vance sends shivers through the Wooden Barn, before Saturday is eventually put to bed by The Staves who tell us what we already know: you’ve picked a good festival.
Barn On The Farm is renowned as one of the best festivals for discovering hotly tipped talent, and when a hot piece of talent returns to the festival, something truly magical happens. James Bay first played Barn On The Farm back in 2013. This year saw James return for his first ever headline festival performance. It is safe to say that we saw one of his best live performances to date, and James himself seems to agree: By far one of the best festivals of the summer so far. Insane.
For more information on Barn on the Farm festival, you can visit the official website here.