Preview: Blissfields Festival 2014

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Nestled in rural Hampshire, halfway between Winchester and Basingstoke lies Vicarage Farm, the home of Blissfields Festival.

From its humble beginnings as what was essentially a free party in a farmer’s field, Blissfields has flourished organically, growing in size (and legitimacy) ever since! With a capacity of 4000 it still retains its intimacy, with so much on offer including six stages of music both big and small, obvious and hidden, a spa, cinema, craft area, family field, discussion area about the natural world, beer festival and much, much more.

Blissfields has taken care to include plenty of local talent this year, including Southampton local heroes and SOTONIGHT favourites, Bitr8, Cholombian, Gang Colours and Morgan Hislop. Special mention has to go to Headsessions Soundsystem too, who as well as gracing the Hidden Hedge stage at Blissfields, selecting dub/reggae vinyls and bringing the soundsystem at our very own Graduation Boat party!

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Blissfields has a decent diverse variety of lineup, with a decent split of live acts and DJs, but given our affinity for the underground music scene here at SOTONIGHT here are a few of our top picks:

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2ManyDJs

Everyone’s favourite Belgian DJ duo (I bet you didn’t even know you had one), these brothers know how to work a main stage. Steven and David Dewaele are famed for their bootlegs and mashups of almost any pop genre you can think of. Whether they used a crowbar or a feather to get it into a dance music format you can be sure that whatever they’re playing, its gunna get the crowd moving. Be sure to warm yourself up with some Radio Soulwax in the meantime..!

Snakehips

Catapulted into the forefront of the Youtube music channel generation’s attention by their breakthrough track “On & on”, Snakehips will be bringing his smooth, sexy downtempo grooves to the Hustle Den this year. You’ve heard it on Majestic Casual, now hear it in the dance tent at Blissfields!

Kidnap Kid

Recently signed to Black Butter Records, Kidnap Kid aka Matt Relton has become a staple house booking on the UK club circuit. Edging a little closer to the pop-house genre than we normally do, Kidnap Kid has done it right, touring the US last year with Rudimental, TEED, AlunaGeorge & Disclosure. Catch him in the Hustle Den on the Friday night!

Gang Colours

Having just released his second album ‘Invisible In Your City’ on Brownswood recordings to much critical acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Southampton’s own Gang Colours will be bringing his subtle and eerily beautiful electronica to the most cleverly named Blisscotheque stage on Friday night.

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Dunstan is an Acoustical Engineering graduate from the University of Southampton. Whilst he's not helping get Wind Farms through planning applications, managing a band or snowboarding, he takes care of Press matters for SOTONIGHT.

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