It seems like this summer, the Somerley Estate in Ringwood is the place to be as the grounds of Old Somerley House will play host to not one but two festivals in May. The team behind The Somerley Tea Party have announced that the one day festival will return again this coming year on Saturday 30th May, following The Somerley Soundclash at the beginning of the month. Acts are yet to be announced but with a date cofirmed and tickets on sale, further details are likely soon to follow.
The Somerley Tea Party was set up last year with the intention of delivering a bohemian get-away for dance music fans hoping to enjoy the atmosphere of a small scale festival, free from obtrusive coorporate branding and sponsorship. Organizers make use of the Somerley grounds to transform the countryside on the outskirts of the New Forrest into a stylish retreat for the day and at night put on one of the best parties on the South Coast. This year festival go-ers are in for a treat as the organizers boast of collaborations with the crew behind Bristol based festival Love Saves the Day, and the team responsible for the famously creative Secret Garden Party. With an even bigger scale of production than last year, organizers have opted to add an additional stage, devoted to reggae and hip hop, for a total of four separate stages.
The Festival’s debut last year was a well received effort, and with sets from Ben Pearce, Eats Everything, and Simian Mobile Disco among many others. The festival’s diversity was commendable, both in artist selection and production. The inflatable ‘Dome’ stage provided a heated arena for some hard hitting DnB from Rene LaVice and Chrissy Criss, whilst on the other side of the grounds you could groove in the eery shadows of ‘The Dog Kennel Woods’ during Ten Walls’ live set.
The festival has undeniably impreseed on its first outing, establishing a solid fanbas as first release tickets have already sold out after only just going on sale earlier today. The second release of tickets are priced at £25 each, and are available via this link.