Valley Fest 2019Ethical Arts & Fashion News & Features
This article first appeared in our winter ’19 issue of MyGreenPod Magazine, The Love Revolution, distributed with the Guardian on 22 February 2018. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox
Valley Fest (02-04 August 2019), the best-tasting music festival in the South West, has announced Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Razorlight and Tom Odell as headliners.
The music festival, which overlooks the stunning Chew Valley Lake, also showcases the region’s finest produce. From charcuterie to cheddars and ciders to sausages, it’s hedge-to-hedge Somerset sizzle.
A Basement Jaxx DJ set will get the party started on Friday night; with more than three million album sales under their belt, two BRIT awards (Best Dance Act) and a GRAMMY, they certainly know how to fill a dance floor. Chart-toppers Razorlight will play on Saturday night, so expect thumping, high-energy rock ‘n’ roll. Piano virtuoso Tom Odell, Critics’ Choice Award winner at the BRITs, will take to the Lake Stage on the final night.
Tipis, talks and that view
Now in its fifth year, Valley Fest’s lineup has always featured big names alongside talented rising stars – but consistently, the biggest crowd-pleaser of all is the view. Chew Valley Lake provides the sparkling backdrop, framed by the rolling Mendip Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Held on an organic working farm and spread across one gently sloping lakeside meadow, the event is perfect for food lovers, first-time festivalgoers and young and maturing families. There are no long treks across the site and plenty of activities for everyone. There will be workshops galore plus more street food than you can shake a stick at.
New developments this year include the Tuck Inn, which will be housed in the iconic tipis. It will include a packed programme of talks, tastings and regionally sourced tapas, cooked by Annie Coplestone of The Monmouth Table, Moro, River Cottage and River Café fame.
Artisan markets will showcase butchers, bakers and plenty of cheesemakers. Somerset, the sparkling jewel in the UK’s food crown, is the perfect place to enjoy fantastic local produce – and there couldn’t be a more beautiful spot to do it.
The Community Farm
Valley Fest is held in the fields that neighbour The Community Farm, which provides organic vegetable boxes to around 700 customers in the area. At Valley Fest you can have a tour of the farm, get involved in food and farming workshops and join hugely popular bee and wildlife walks.
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Luke Hasell set up the festival in 2014 in honour of his parents, who both died within a short time of each other. They had a huge lust for life and, having farmed for generations, cared enormously for the land and community around it. Their spirit and joie de vivre runs deeply through the festival.
‘I’m so excited about our lineup’, Luke said. ‘Basement Jaxx are going to get the weekend off to a flying start. Razorlight are going to bring the rock ‘n’ roll and Tom Odell’s showmanship is something to behold. My parents would have loved it.’
Valley Fest is West Country wildness at its best. Everyone is advised to arrive hungry.
Valley Fest 2019 tickets
Adult Weekend: £118.80 Sunday: £43.20
Teen (13-17) Weekend: £48.60 Sunday: £16.20
Kids (6-12) Weekend: £27.00 Sunday: £10.80
Nippers(3-5) Weekend: £16.20 Sunday: £5.40
Camper van Pass: £64.80
Car Pass: £10.80
Ticket prices shown include booking fee. Tickets can be bought in instalments to spread the payment.