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Preview: Farr Festival 2016


On the 14th July, Farr Festival makes a greatly anticipated return to Bygrave Woods in Hertfordshire. The festival has always prided itself on being located just 40 minutes from London, and its handy location has proved popular with the fans it has amassed over its 7 years in the running. Although by no means a landmark UK festival, Farr has popped up on the radar of electronic music fans from across the country and really made a name for itself. The line-up for 2016 is stellar and makes Farr an unmissable festival this summer.

The likes of John Talabot, Palms Trax and Jungle all appear in the woods this July. Palms Trax’s recent appearance in York was one of the best bookings of the year for this historic city and so seeing the German producer play again at Farr would be an experience not to be wasted. Hunee also appears at Farr after his brief but memorable stint in Fibbers this year. Festival organisers have cannily booked pop outfit Jungle to give a light touch to the otherwise more underground scene of Farr’s line up.

This ‘underground scene’ is the key attractive feature of Farr as a festival and keeps fans coming back for more each year. Ben UFO, Midland and Joy Orbison are set to play a 6 hour back to back set which remains exclusive to Farr. This sets Farr apart from other festivals where the same DJs are playing. Who would want to go to Lost Village or Parklife when you can see Ben UFO making such a unique appearance at Farr? Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston also return to Farr for special 8-hour sets, presenting an experienced tinge to the young festival. Farr plays host to debuts from some of the most exciting new names in dance music. Francis Inferno Music, Dorisburg, Olaf Stutt and Funkineven are just some of those playing. Paranoid London are, for me, one of the most intriguing bookings for the festival. The duo’s gritty acid beats are concealed behind a lack of press and marketing and so seeing a live set will be unmissable. They are due to play the Adventures in Success stage on Saturday 16th.

Tickets are in their fourth phase of booking so are selling out quickly. Farr’s mega bookings and unique live sets, as well as its mystical woodland location, means it is a festival not to be overlooked this summer.

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