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#1 yasgursfarmhand

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 11:30 AM

This is going to be our Glasto substitute for 2012. Never been due to it's proximity, date-wise, to Glasto. Have enviously eyed the line-ups for the last two years, which have been brilliant.

Can anyone give me the low-down on the vibe? What do folks reckon on the headliners next year?

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 05:53 AM

Well as they have started selling tickets at least we know the dates.- Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2012

2012 Reduced Weekend Tickets are on sale - £130 inc camping and parking from: http://www.eventim.co.uk/hopfarm

Going from that link it appears to have a 50,000 limit.

I have only ever worked at the event so my experience would be different to a ticketholder.

The ticketholder camping area looks not bad at all although there is a lot less to do within the arena compared to Glasto.

Its a fair old tramp to the ticketholder campsite from the carpark or Coach drop off point but less of a walk if your camping in boutique camping although as its mainly flat there is no big hills to climb.

By the way they do run a shuttle service from the train station and there was lots of them as I had to wait for two friends on Friday morning { who had tickets for that one day } so was surprised to see them running so frequently.

There is a hidden Pub near the carpark entrance but I am not sure if this is open to the public as there was security standing near the entrance path but as I had a crew pass they never stopped me .{ there may be another entrance path for locals but cant say for certain as I was not looking for it }

It has a cracking back garden and if my memory is correct it was £3 a pint for lager.Unlike other events we don't have a Crew Campsite bar so it was packed out by us.

Hop farm has some images at https://www.facebook...tival?sk=photos

As for who Vince will book well that is all up in the air.

I would not say there is much of a festival buzz about it as there was a fair number of day ticketholders although this may change now they appear to have fixed a three day event.




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Posted 26 September 2011 - 09:48 AM

Is that tarmac?

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:24 AM

Is that tarmac?


well the nearest part is - I think that field is used by caravans and up the far end there is caravan ports so they can plug into power points - at the other end there is a crew road that passes by big caravans { the type that does not move } and I know there was people living in them { God knows what they thought about the sound }

The track { as in the photo } heads to the left and enters the Guest area { although I have never worked in that area I do know the Bar Manager who runs the guest bar } which is a big mystery as Vince advertises it as ' No VIP area ' event - call it Guest or VIP area its the same thing.

So in the arena there is grass but with a hard track that runs at one side of it - the track { as in the photo } to the right heads up to the ticketholder camping area but it is a fair old tramp.

As there is no site map I cant say if its all owned by Hop Farm but the Overall site is mainly grass.

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 04:03 PM

I live in Kent but have never been to this festival. With no Glasto next year I really can't Work out which to try and go too (IOW, Hop Farm and Lounge on the Farm being the smaller alternative) (plus anything with Biffy Clyro or The Killers at will come into the equation).

Got to say the ticket Prices may sway me, and 130 for the Hop Farm seems quite good for a 3 day event (considering IOW will be 200 plus another 50 to get there). Sure lounge will be slightly cheaper but the acts of course will be smaller.

Anyone been to them all?? Or can offer any thoughts?

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 01:29 AM

Dont forget Vince has claimed he is going to bring back the Phoenix - see http://www.efestival...-festival-2012/

its true we don't have a date or who is on or ticket price but if he is serious about it he will market it in a competitive fashion.

it used to be dead simple in the old days { the last festival ticket I bought was in 1987 } as festivals used to advertise well in advance who was on before the tickets went on sale but these days people have to take a leap of faith.

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 03:33 PM

Just realised the 130 for the hop farm is finished! And I would imagine up to the 170 or so they were last year when they go on sale again.

Phoenix, read about that, sounds like it always had a great lineup. Any ideas where it will be staged??

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 03:38 PM

Just realised the £130 for the hop farm is finished! And I would imagine up to the £170 or so they were last year when they go on sale again.

Phoenix, read about that, sounds like it always had a great lineup. Any ideas where it will be staged??


it hasn't yet...

http://www.eventim.co.uk/hopfarm

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 06:36 PM


it used to be dead simple in the old days { the last festival ticket I bought was in 1987 } as festivals used to advertise well in advance who was on before the tickets went on sale but these days people have to take a leap of faith.


Yeah...remember those days. You could decide when all the line ups were out which one you fancied best...rather than the 'Its A Knockout' mad scramble to get tickets without knowing who was playing that you have nowadays...

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 11:29 AM

Loved it this year. Loved the acts, loved the whole atmosphere, especially loved chilling out after the music by watching Stewart Lee, Simon Munnery et al...

Suppose we best get started discussing potential headliners then. Let's face it, after this year there's an even smaller group for them to pick from. They'll have to try and get ones who'll live up to this year.

At a very big push: Fleetwood Mac. They'd be one of the few bookings who could live up to Prince. Speculation they'll be touring next year. Unlikely but don't rule them out.

Paul Mcartney- hasn't he just announced a new tour? Seems like a fairly good bet to me.

The Stone Roses- This of course depends on whether or not the reunion rumours are true, but they seem to be at the moment. efestivals seem to think they'll be at V but you never know.

Anyone else?

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 11:34 AM

The Stone Roses- This of course depends on whether or not the reunion rumours are true, but they seem to be at the moment. efestivals seem to think they'll be at V but you never know.

the reunion rumours are definitely true.

That's not something I'd post if I didn't have total belief in what sources have told us.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 11:48 AM

the reunion rumours are definitely true.

That's not something I'd post if I didn't have total belief in what sources have told us.


Don't worry, I'm not attacking you, I was just putting it out there.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 05:25 PM

Are there actually any rumours out there yet? I was hoping that maybe The Killers, as Brandon played and was apparently (local papers) the star of the show! But then again does it fit the normal headliners the festival has??! Probably not.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:49 AM

Are there actually any rumours out there yet? I was hoping that maybe The Killers, as Brandon played and was apparently (local papers) the star of the show! But then again does it fit the normal headliners the festival has??! Probably not.

The star of the show? No, no, no. Prince left everyone else in the dust, and I say that as a borderline obsessive Morrissey fan.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 08:30 AM

Maybe it was the star of the show on the day he played?? Which I believe was the eagles day.

Don't blame me, blame the papers!

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 11:19 AM

Maybe it was the star of the show on the day he played?? Which I believe was the eagles day.

Don't blame me, blame the papers!

I do blame the papers. I suspect they were just trying to be popular by pandering to the masses.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 01:55 PM

The star of the show? No, no, no. Prince left everyone else in the dust, and I say that as a borderline obsessive Morrissey fan.

I did not see his performance but I do know the campsite was 99.99% empty. - at other events I don't think I have ever seen such a quiet campsite.

This shot was taken as Prince started his performance - soon after we lost the two customers on the right but the two on the left stayed about all night.

That bar was empty until the end of the show when by sods law all the staff you see on the left had to leave to catch a coach back to London and the Team that was supposed to take their places failed to show up so Roy { the guy on the right } and I stayed to cover the bar and it got very busy indeed.

~~ have a read at http://www.kentnews....iners_1_1120306

Mr Power told kentnews.co.uk: “We’ll probably announce all the main headliners by the end of the month. { November }

We’re just finalising the details now.

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 11:10 AM

Just seen this article here http://www.edp24.co....iners_1_1120306

Claiming headliners to be announced by end of November.....any news Sco77ie or Neil?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 11:30 AM

I did not see his performance but I do know the campsite was 99.99% empty. - at other events I don't think I have ever seen such a quiet campsite.

This shot was taken as Prince started his performance - soon after we lost the two customers on the right but the two on the left stayed about all night.

That bar was empty until the end of the show when by sods law all the staff you see on the left had to leave to catch a coach back to London and the Team that was supposed to take their places failed to show up so Roy { the guy on the right } and I stayed to cover the bar and it got very busy indeed.

~~ have a read at http://www.kentnews....iners_1_1120306

Mr Power told kentnews.co.uk: “We’ll probably announce all the main headliners by the end of the month. { November }

We’re just finalising the details now.

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Real Ale? :)

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 03:22 PM

Not sure if he's going to be touring, but leonard Cohen has a new album out in January, could be in with a shout?