Friday, 29 June 2012

Excitement levels build in preparation for Hop Farm

Combining the enjoyment that comes with camping and watching top music acts young and old, this year’s Hop Farm Music Festival is better than ever.
(Photo courtesy of chrissy polcino on Flickr)
Ever since it first started in 2008, this Kent-based weekend festival has attracted the best and brightest talents from the music world.
Did you know that it was actually set up by fans that were sick of going to other festivals and being treated by the organisers as little more than a source of income?
What’s unique about Hop Farm is that it has no branding, no sponsorship and no VIPs: this festival is simply about the fans and the music.
The fact that more music fans than ever are coming to this festival is reflected in this year’s stellar line-up, which, for the first time, has a stand-up comedy tent.
The three headliners for this year’s event are Bob Dylan, who plays on the Friday, the recently reformed Suede (Saturday) and on Sunday, Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra.
Among the other great acts featuring on the main stage include Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, former Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Patti Smith and Her Band, former Verve singer Richard Ashcroft and, rather surprisingly, veteran TV presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth.
Meanwhile, the Big Tent features acts such as Primal Scream and Gary Numan, while the Bread & Roses stage has Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook making his bow with The Light.
The Comedy stage is headlined by Russell Kane, while other attractions at Hop Farm include the Acoustic Tent, Power’s Bar Stage and Buskers Boulevard.
The Hop Farm Music Festival 2012 takes place from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July at Hop Farm, Paddock Wood in Kent. Despite its rural location, it’s easy to get to, and there are extra trains and coaches plus a courtesy shuttle that can get you to the festival site.
And don’t forget to check out our festival survival guide for a few tips to make sure you enjoy the whole festival experience.

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