Farmony Festival at a farm near Bristol, 16/08 feat. Hail! Perestroika, Lukas, Strychnine, Joe90 & m
The Barn – the main stage
The Mangled Wurzels
Dance Against Disaster
Too many DJs not enough Mikes
Fetch a bucket my acoustic is on fire.
Late, late night sing along for when all else is still. See in the new day curled up in the warmth of the bonfire to the sound of good ol’ campfire songs. Guitars, fiddles, kazoos, harmonicas, bagpipes – whatever it is, bring it along.
More about the music
The Mad Cows
With a reputation across British festivals as “notorious party animals”. The Mad Cows can only be described as the Finest Funk in the field. In 2007 The Mad Cows flung themselves into the limelight with an amazing live BBC Radio 2 session with the renowned British composer Charles Hazelwood.
This year, pumping out a melodic mix of bovine smut funk and melodic marvels, the Mad Cows combination of audience participation and infectious grooves recently sent the Rabbit Hole Stage at Glastonbury spiralling out of control.
The Mangled Wurzels
Hedge Cutter & The Mangled Wurzels are a three piece scrumpy and western band from Somerset celebrating the full range of infectious music this beautiful part of the world has to offer your ears. The rural brilliance of this merry troupe provide what every Summer Festival should have - west country knees-up sing alongs. All together… “I’ve got a brand new combine harvester!”
After years of fighting an evil empire in the farthest corners of space and the deepest mists of the future, Hail! Perestroika have been sucked back through the very fabric of space-time to ensure the happiness of you, you’re children, you’re children’s children etc. via the medium of bouncing beats, rocking riffs and gleeful harmonies.
They are: Luke “The-Tweed-Tsunami” Fussell and Ken “The-Green-Tornado” Hayes. Their mission: dance-floor disco mayhem to move mountains and bring down governments. Brian Blessed says about Hail! Perestroika “It would be foolhardy to even contemplate missing this show.” Put on your dancing space shoes - it’s about to get seriously funky. Sonic Boom!
The Dance Against Disaster Tent
Joe90 is the man behind the Bristol institution that is Futureboogie. He’s played The Big Chill Festival, Bestival, Hospital Records’ Hospitality night in London, Rainer Truby’s acclaimed Rootdown night in Germany and a host of other legendary nights around Europe. Futureboogie now holds residencies at The Big Chill Bar (in conjunction with Tru Thoughts), and at The Big Chill House.
Joe90’s Futureboogie Radio Show goes out every Sunday night at 9 on Kiss 101 and has been nominated for the Sony Radio Awards. The success and reputation of the Futureboogie nights has seen Joe90 play along side some of the biggest names around: Bugz in the Attic, Gilles Peterson, 4Hero and many more.
Upbeat and uplifting are two words, towel and platypus are two more, whatever your lollipop this will be a truly unique opportunity to hear what Joe90 has to offer.
Lukas plays a mixture of avant garde grooves in a inimitable extronic wildstyle and is the man behind the legendary Buoyancy. His involvement with music began way before he had any say in the matter. The son of a Jazz guitarist, and grandson to the head of a touring orchestra, sound has always played on the mind of the lad.
Lukas is in house designer, DJ and promoter of the Buoyancy operation. Now legendary across Bristol for putting on pretty much the best parties anyone who isn’t a personal friend of Keith Richards will ever experience.
Too many Djs not enough Mikes
The man behind Back By Lack of Demand is well known for spinning field sized cloths of cool over dancing Bristolites. Just Mike to his friends, the man has spent the last 6 months living in a burrow in the Farmony orchard coming out at night to hoot, howl and hit hollow logs. This curious night time behaviour has lead to Mike having a shaman like prescience of how every beat, melody or trumpet lick will reverberate round the orchard. All this just to make sure you tap your feet and shake your groove thing – truly a special guy.
Dr. Fish has been mixing and scratching away for 8 years a mixture of styles such as Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, Breaks, Electro, and Dubstep, and anything else. Mash Up is the word dancing’s the game!
Dr. Fish spent his formative years touring Europe before settling in the UK playing free parties/clubs/festivals such as Ministry Of Sound, Herbal, and Babalou joining the likes of Eric Morillo, Dub Pistols, Loose Cannons, Far Too Loud, Slyde, Vandal and many more.
In November 2007 Dr Fish triumphed over Europe’s finest to win the biggest and most respected House and Breaks DJ competition ‘DJoust’. To find out what the hypes about check out Dr. Fish’s show on brap.fm or go to www.myspace.com/drfishmusic
Timmy P and his wheels of steel
For those of you that don’t know your extronic from extraterrestrial DJ Timmy P will be serving night fever burgers with extra cheese. We’re talking 70’s grooves, disco hits and wedding reception classics. It’s time to dance like your aunty and uncle.
The Dance Against Disaster tent will also be home to the Bollocks to Poverty campaign during the day.
In the Court Farm orchard there’ll be a load of activates and events for you cheer on or get involved in. Here’s a list of the main ones:
- Farm walks with farmer Jim
- Capoiera master class
- Island in the orchard - kids area
- Barn painting
- Jim’ll Fix It look-a-like competition
- Bollocks to Poverty on tour
- Lunar Eclipse
- Lots of games and merriment including tug of war, the stocks and raffle
Farm walks – stroll up the hedge and round the pastures with Farmer Jim Twine or one of the Soil Association’s organic experts. A rare opportunity to find out how Jim runs his organic farm in harmony with nature to produce some of the most amazing beef and lamb in the country.
Tug of War - A call has gone out across the land for people strong in arm to organise for the Farmony tug of war championship.
rope swing (and cold plunge), ronuders, obstacle course sack race, the farmony stocks (bring some rotten veg), giant swing ball, raffle – your ticket gets you free entry to the Farmony raffle with some amazing prizes donated by the great and the good (and even the not so good, and to be honest their prizes are more fun.)
Capoiera Master Class – there will be a demonstration by Claudio Campos and the Bristol Beribazu Group followed by an introductory lesson for people that want to give it a go (Court Farm’s wise old owl says: “Cider doesn’t always improve flexibility”.)
Island in the orchard – we will be building an island of cushions, blankets and other soft things for kids to roll around on. There’ll be story telling, face paints and a tractor tire sand pit. (Well behaved big people also welcome.)
Barn Painting – we’re going to be white washing the barn and during the day some of those responsible for Bristol’s finest street art will be performing a cow shed make over so to speak.
Jim’ll Fix It look-a-like extravaganza – Now then, now then don’t all rush to the shell suit factory at once. Entrants will be judged on track suit glare, silver barnet, accessories and, of course, being able to impersonate the star himself. The winner will be presented with a prize by a mystery 80’s TV legend, all I can say is it will be a whole lotta fun.
Bollocks to Poverty on tour was started by ActionAid to give people an opportunity to take action in an accessible and empowering way - individual action to achieve big change.
This year Bollocks to Poverty on tour are building on the success of last years HungerFREE campaign. In 2007 thousands of people across 30 countries signed paper plates reminding the world’s politicians that eating isn’t a privilege, it’s a basic human right. The paper plates were sent to the UN in 2007 to demand countries do much more to meet the Millennium Development Goal of halving world hunger by 2015.
Howling at the moon – I’d love to say we planned the festival for the evening of the lunar eclipse but we just picked a Saturday this Summer and it so happened that most of the moon will pass inside the Earth’s umbral shadow at just before midnight. Of those still dancing at the witching hour some will call it a sign, others will just think it looks cool.
What its all for
Where the money is going:
Farmony is about being in a field or a barn with your friends and having a good time. That doesn’t mean there can’t be some good stuff come out of it too. A large chunk of all proceeds from the ticket are being donated to the Martin and Sandra Hasell Memorial Fund. This charitable trust was set up locally to raise money and contribute to a range of good causes, the three main beneficiaries of the fund are:
- British Heart Foundation
- CLIC Sargent, caring for children with cancer
Making this significant contribution to the charitable trust is possible because the Twine family has very generously given Court Farm to us without fee for the weekend and, the organisers and the helpers you’ll see around on the day have given their time and energy for free.
Thanks Jim and the team!
Food and drink
There will be a feast of scrumptious organic food and drink from around and about the West Country all very reasonable priced.
The most local organic beef and lamb roast ever – from the very next the field. A couple of local chefs and an organic pioneer, Francis Blake, will be overseeing a lamb spit roast, an Argentinean asado and a beef pit roast all seasoned with lovely herbs and spices.
Delicious vegetarian festival fare by Cipri, tea and a cake sale for VSO volunteers helping with a Rwandan women’s project.
Moo Baa - The World’s first completely organic bar. Sponsored by Bath Ales the Moo Baa will be serving fine organic real ales, lagers, west country ciders, spirits, juices and soft drinks. At £2 a pint it’s possibly the cheapest pint you’ll find at any festival this year.
On Sunday morning campers can refuel with a replenishing organic breakfast, (Court Farm’s wise old owl says: “Bacon rolls taste best when you’ve not been to bed.”)
Camping is included in the ticket and for the more sedate there will be a list of local B&Bs up on the website shortly.
How to get there
Court Farm, Winford, Bristol – Roughly half an hour South of Bristol.
Farmony Bus (public transport to Bristol)
We will be putting on a bus from Bristol and back (Saturday night and Sunday morning) to minimise disruption to the local village and emissions for the planet. There will be a nominal fee for the bus just to cover costs hopefully cheaper and definitely less stressful than driving.
Cycling – if you want to cycle out to the farm we will be happy to take your bags on the bus. It has to be said, for most of the route through South Bristol it isn’t amazingly picturesque and roads can be busy so proficient cyclists only. We’re trying to work out the best route, hopefully with a watering hole on route, which will be posted it here shortly.
Driving – there will be parking at the farm. It would be great if you can get as many people in each car as possible. We will be asking for a voluntary donation to go towards the local community.
Tickets - £20 each
Kids under 16 come free (all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult)
We have decided not to go with an on-line booking service simply because we were a bit horrified at the percentage they wanted to take. We totted up what this would mean for the amount we could raise for the Hasell Memorial Fund and decided paypal would survive fine without Farmony. Unfortunately this does mean we don’t have the most accessible booking service on the planet.
If you’re interested in coming drop us an [e-mail] with how many tickets you would like and we’ll send you the details of how to transfer payments across. If you don’t know how to do that electronically give us a call and we can sort out an alternative.
Once we have received payment we’ll send you an e-mail and you can collect the tickets on the gate.
We’ll try our best to get confirmation as quickly as possible. If there are any concerns or questions, no matter how small, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone.
Tickets are limited.