Preview: Somerley Tea Party 2015

Following a reputable debut, Bournemouth based promoters Tea Party Matter are back for a second outing of The Somerley Tea Party. Situated in the stately grounds of the magnificent Old Somerly House, the festival’s creative team have crafted a on the outskirts of the New Forrest. This year, the one-day festival will take place on Saturday 30th May.

In only its second year, organised have surpassed themselves with the calibre of acts that they have been able to call upon to put together this year’s lineup. A tireless taste-maker, and joker in equal measure, everbody’s favorite eccentric, Seth Troxler sits atop the packed bill that also includes the likes of Route 94, Âme, Heidi, Dusky and Redlight.

With a carefully curated aesthetic and DIY stage builds, the organisers have put a lot of effort into ensuring that the Somerley Tea Party stands out amid the competitive festival market. This year the team have been working alongside the Secret Garden Party to bring their unique Warp Drive stage to the walled garden. Yet again in the Dog Kennel Woods, the team have constructed a fantastic wonderland, the perfect playground to lose yourself in after dark.

Elsewhere Drum and Bass fanatics are well catered to with their own dedicated stage, The Dome. This inflatable contraption provides the perfect enclosure for the likes of Hazard and Carlyx & Teebee. New additions to the festival this year include a miniature fairground, complete with dodgems, and a brand new stage called The Rabbit Hole.

The team at Junk will be teaming up with STP to provide a Southampton afterparty with Miguel Campbell under their Spill The Milk brand. Bournemouth locals also have their own afterparty to look forward to with Âme and a special guest hosting Somerley Tea Party After Hours at Orange Rooms Bournemouth.

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Day tickets are still on sale and return coach options from Southampton, Bournemouth and further afield are all available from the Big Green Coach.


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