Set amongst cornfields and woodlands of rural Hertfordhire, Farr festival has grown from what was initially an augmented private party for the Farr family and friends into one of the UK’s premier boutique electronic music festivals.
Don’t let the comparatively diminutive attendance figures fool you into thinking this isn’t going to shape up to the traditional behemoth events the UK festival scene has been known for, the magical intimacy and carefully curated lineup more than holds its own, and caters to the tastes of a new breed of more discerning festival goer.
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Now in its fourth year and boasting five stages, Farr has partnered up with a plethora of independent record labels and magazines to bring you a different host on each of the ancillary stages each night. This assures to keep the music policy as diverse and fresh as it can be since each member of this consortium will be vying to impress as they are placed alongside their peers. Not to mention Farr themselves taking full responsibility for the mainstage where you can find Mount Kimbie, Hercules & Love Affair and Âme.
Many people will tell you that it’s the little things that you appreciate in life, and the organisers of Farr feel the same way, with quirky touches like signage that points you to the artists rather than the stages and a silent cinema that may well have taken a leaf out of John Cage’s book for it’s auditory inspiration, letting the sounds of the festival soundtrack the visuals.
Here are a few of our top picks for the weekend, funnily enough all coming from the smaller label-hosted stages…
Dan Avery is seriously unmissable and our absolute top pick for Farr 2014. His debut LP Drone Logic is essentially the electronic music version of a rock band’s concept album and boasts some serious artistic merit. Ransom Note and Society bring him to the Badger Hole on Saturday Night
Headlining the stage their self-titled label is hosting, Bicep will be bringing their Irish brand of techno to the The Flying Circus on Friday night.
Appearing on w&o Street Tracks’ stage, Detroit Swindle will be playing the Fox Hole on Saturday Night.
Found on the Main Stage on Friday Night, Mount Kimbie are an amazing and experimental duo with a really solid live set. And by live, we don’t just mean re-arranging Ableton stems either!
Special mention goes to Rubadub soundsystem, bringing the sounds of the Manchester dub scene down to wobble the eardrums of their southern-fairy counterparts. If you need a drop in tempo this is where to head, but don’t equate that to partying any less hard as these guys really give it some.