Farr is regarded as a boutique festival; young in its years yet mature in its design. Acknowledgments definitely go to it’s carefully selected performers that have done well to seamlessly blend underground acclaimed artist with established house, techno and electronica. The rustic and natural style environmental setting of Farr gave character to stages with names like the badger and fox hole although not quite the bohemia of gottwood or the charm of secret garden its nonetheless a well crafted eccentric circus for almost half the price.
As the festival got under way South London Ordnance built momentum at the eminent ‘Badger Hole’ bringing Farr into its own techy realms. With the sunsets under the cloudy skies, SLO fired off with some dark/acid baselines from his recently released Contact EP priming everyone for the foreseeable raving, only to be cut off due to a large but distant thunderstorm and health & safety procedures that we have experienced all too many times. Alas, the good vibes returned with some uplifting reggae vibes from the Channel One Sound system, the MC’s positive preaching’s, and the introduction of the Troupe DJ’s giving festival go-ers some revitalisation needless to say it was much needed after Friday’s early woods shut down.
Farr does boast a broad demographic of weird and wonderful attendees a crowd with recognisable smiling faces throughout the day – something that is becoming all too rare as festivals these days outgrow their humble beginnings and loose that sense of progressive vibe that the festival ethos was built upon. Aside the techno and house there was a fair share of reggae and live performances from the likes of Gentleman’s Dub Club – Leeds’ full band experience, who took the crowds through smooth flowing reggae to upbeats tempos accompanied with energy aplenty; and of course the prominent headliner Mount Kimbie who live performances and DJ sets have becoming synonymous with their experimental, unpredictable yet calming nature.
In an increasingly congested and competitive Festival market what’s clear about Farr is that it’s managed to maintain and steadily develop it’s core fan base year on year, and that’s reflected in the atmosphere and the manner in which everyone goes about their fun over the weekender. A far cry from the larger, corporate-funded festivals that go on in the capital over the summer (without naming names). With an all star line up that encompasses a significant proportion of acts from across the electronic music spectrum, you have to commend the organisers for spending money wisely.
For no thrills fun that encompasses great music & an adventure in the woods that won’t leave you a million miles from home, Farr’s your answer.
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Photos by Alex Fantie-James