Preview: Festibelly Festival 2014


In just a few weeks, Festibelly returns to the New Forest to delight and inspire music lovers across England. Set in the heart of the idyllic national park where horses and cows alike roam free, Festibelly has built up a reputation for grabbing great new artists before they hit it big. Not one to miss if you’re looking for a few new artists to add to your music collection this summer. If you’re looking for a friendly festival vibe without the price tag, give Festibelly a moment of your time. Returning for its 6th year in Lymington, Festibelly remains intimate and quirky, with aims to please the crowd rather than burn a hole in your pocket.

Re-appearing on the 11th and 12th of July after a 2013 hiatus, Festibelly holds exciting expectations after a fantastic year in 2012, where the undiscovered Bastille wowed the crowds in an afternoon set, Gold Panda got revellers moving in the evening and to top it off a silent disco with Rob Da Bank spinning some golden oldies in the disco tent. This small forest festival offers a lot for its price at £75 for an adult weekend ticket. Remaining brand and sponsorship free, Festibelly isn’t doing it for the big profits, just for your hungry ears.



Once you’ve arrived, having manoeuvred your vehicle around the various wild forest ponies who enjoy creating ‘New Forest traffic’ by standing in the middle of the roads, you’ll be relieved to find the festival, despite entering the tiny, bumpy road, has a large parking area close to the site. What’s more, a camping area so close to the festival, you won’t have to wonder far before you find yourself in the heart of the grassroots event. But don’t be fooled by the size- Festibelly has a reputation for grabbing upcoming acts and pleasing the crowd with new music. You might recognise a few names on the line up already, but if you haven’t, check out dance-pop group Mausi or the Lana Del Rey-like Laurel. Finally The Cuban Brothers and Hudson Taylor headline the Friday and Saturday night main stage, balancing festival favourites with a band tipped for big things over the next year.

In true British festival fashion however, music is not the only treat on the festival goer’s plate. Keeping things weird and wacky, in 2012 Festibelly entertained by offering a sing-along campfire, a DIY tie-dye T-shirt area, theatre productions and comedy, a roller disco-cum-silent disco and other surprise feats. There is no doubt that similar crafty, exciting events can be expected this year.

Thirsty or hungry? This year Festibelly also proudly presents a brand new bar, stocked with local ales to classy cocktails, as well as the chance to indulge in a three course feast hosted by New Forest foodie favourites. Culinary master classes and great British bake-offs are also offered for your inner chef. This all goes alongside all the other classic festival food stalls from pies to burritos, ensuring your tummy isn’t rumbling whilst you sit back and enjoy the sun and music at this idyllic little festival.

Festibelly Lineup

Festibelly Lineup


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