Blissfields is an intimate festival for all the family in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. This is a festival for 4,000 people who want something as far removed from the big commercial festivals as you can get! There will be quality food and beer on sale all at a reasonable price.
Blissfields returns on Thursday 30th June to Saturday 2nd July 2016 (no music Sunday), and will return to Woodmancott, in Hampshire, in the South of England.
The latest additions are Swim Deep, Honne, Melt Yourself Down, Norman Jay, Drones Club, Blaenavon, Blue House, Bully Bones, Cassava, Flight Brigade, Josh Savage, LST, Screaming Peaches, Silent Forum, The Lost Boys, Molotov Jukebox, Son Of Dave, Too Many T's, Frankie Forman, Logan Sama, Foor, Ønly, Big Chief Yella Teeth, Bitr8, Damaged Goods, Guy Hauben, Juturna, Kidd, K1r3y, Naina, Morgan Hislop, Ratzi, $ugar Danny, Yes Tom, Cauldronated, Dub Pistols (DJ Set), Gypsy Disco, Dataline, The Subgiant Soundsystem, Alex the Kidd and Jetpack Assassin, Born in a Barn: Joe Publik, MR GRN and Leaf, Chromatouch, Circo Inferno, Co:Lateral, Dah Rhyl Gah Moor, Dan Hayes (Subgiant), Danzai, Diarmo, Doktor Mohlberg, KMP, Matteo, MOK, Nick Onley, Science of Eight Limbs, Seb Marx, Digits McPhee, Dean Dubba Hall, MC Mike Wiley, The Tribe, The Urbanizer, VJ L'Aubine, Zuu Music, Ambrose, Andy Comley, Felix Hagan, Gabby Colledge, Gecko, Glass, Harry & the Gondolas, Head North, Jack Williams, Jake Gauntlett, Josh McCormick, Junco Shakers, Rich Lown, Tusks, Wyldest, Jonas Alaska, Nadia Nair, Beans on Toast, Soundtracks Soundclash (Silent Disco), The Line of Best Fit vs Transgressive Soundsystem (Silent Disco), Crippled Rock, Gypsy Jukebox, Badgers, Willowen, The Sound of The Bees (The Bees DJ set), and Z List DJs.
Dizzee Rascal, and Everything Everything led the first acts confirmed, with Roni Size, Sundara Karma, Jones, Dub Pistols, Beans on Toast, Shy FX, Loyle Carner, Frances, Billie Marten, Rationale, Spring King, Isaac Gracie, Barely Legal, Mary Miss Fairy, Mini Da Minx, Molotov Jukebox, Too Many T's, Son Of Dave, Serial Killaz, Subgiant, Shorebitch, Will Varley, The Church, Morgan Hislop, Frankie Forman, One Step Too Late, Blushed, Naina, The Diamond Age, Hey Charlie, Only, Deadproud, Fervent, The Great One, Sam Brothers, Ethan Ash, and Unattached on the bill.
For the line-up details, day and stage splits, as available see the Blissfields line-up page.
The house party themed Blissfields are also building a beach and a giant dollhouse their biggest art installation ever will sit in the main arena opened up for festival goers to explore its rooms and hidden treasures, creating an interactive festival site like never before. Blissfields has always celebrated the intimate party spirit and this year it’s going all out with the house installation hosting slumber parties, garage raves, retro living room discos, and so much more.
The Main Stage - The Manor Stage: Throughout the infamously hot days of Blissfields, this stage sees people sprawled across the festival’s grounds enjoying some excellent music, marvellous food and a few cheeky drinks from the many bars and vendors that line the main arena between the shady tees. By night this is where Blissfields headline acts will perform, among festival and party favourite bands, as fireworks and lasers see the festival climax in style.
The 2nd Stage - The Hustle Den: A hub for emerging artists, the setting for our opening night extravaganza, and where more than a few surprises have occurred over the years. For three days this marquee is where you’ll find your favorite new band and dance later into the night.
The Hidden Hedge: For those really wanting a late night dance experience though, it’s The Hidden Hedge for you. What started as a secret platform in the trees, this pride of Blissfields, complete with art installations, lighting shows, and big name DJs, has now become a right of passage and festival landmark in itself, occupying an unmissable atmospheric corner of the festival.
The Bus: A non-stop torrent of DJ’s spinning summer pop and huge anthems, with some surprise specials guests, a hidden bar and if you’re lucky, maybe even an invite onto the top deck hot tub.
Electric Dreams: One of the festival’s more recent additions, this inviting and couch-filled cinema stage is great to unwind in during the day, taking a breather from the summer heat, and indulging in films submitted especially for the Blissfields Independent Film Festival, with a few Hollywood and British classic films screened until late at night as well.
The Larch: This is where you’ll find a lot of emerging folk and acoustic music during the day, with some curve balls thrown in for good measure. By night this snug and beautifully decorated marquee opens its doors to a much livelier scene and the odd secret party.
Weekend Adult (17yrs +): £105.45inc. BF and litter bond
Weekend Youth (10-16yrs): £85.45 inc. BF and litter bond
Weekend Child (under 10yrs): Free No Booking Fee (nominal fee of 1p)
Weekend Family Ticket (2 Adult/2 Youth): £341.80 inc. BF and litter bond
Weekend 10 Adult tickets for the price of 9: £959.50 inc. BF and litter bond
Thursday (early entry) Pass: £18. Only valid for camping in conjunction with a weekend ticket
Rubbish Bond of £5 per person is fully refundable at the festival. All the above include camping Friday and Saturday nights, for Thursday camping and entertainment you must purchase the additional pass: £18 Arrive Early
Posh Wash: £10 (Showers and “proper” loos) One pass/person, pass needed for all ages.
Live-in Vehicle Pass: £40
Car Park: £10.
Shuttle Bus Pass: £5 Return Pass for Shuttle Bus from Micheldever Station to the festival site.
Expect music and craft workshops for adults and kids plus other assorted fun, an ale festival, a film festival, great food and festival stalls.
Blissfields have a scheme whereby children can attend the festival without missing any school. Due to the number of activities in the Angel Gardens arena, under 13's can officially count Blissfields as off-site learning, meaning that they won’t be marked as absent while at the event. The festival will provide all you need to make this happen, including an Absence Request Letter and a 'Blissfields Passport'.
Angel Gardens have skilled educators, play workers and therapists all of whom work together to provide immersive and educational activities for the children that enter the space at Blissfields. While they are not a school, they are educators and are firm believers that education can exit the classroom occasionally. All activities and workshops are designed to fulfil educational learning aims and objectives that can be used to enhance the education of all the children who attend the festival.
Angel Gardens have produced an absence request letter to hand to a school or educational body to allow off site education of a child (if under 13 years) on Friday 1st July 2016. By using the classification of ‘educated off site’ in the register, children are legally able to be absent from school on the agreed days. This term is a common and well-used method that schools use when children are experiencing learning outside of school and many schools welcome the chance for their pupils to experience these situations as it enriches not only their lives, but the school as a whole.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your ticket reference number and organisers will send a letter for your school.
As always, Blissfields has a theme each year and this year's is 'House Party'.
Fun for kids
The place for little ones is packed with award-winning fun, games and activities that the whole family can get involved in, with storytelling, acrobatics, a fire show, and all sorts to entertain all day long.
A recent addition to Blissfields, this gorgeous woodland area is where the bigger kids can enjoy activities including tie-dying, wood carving, chainsaw carving, with a blacksmith and leather workshop among other things.
Road To Blissfields 2016
Local bands are being offered the chance to play Blissfields 2016. Bands can enter via www.blissfields.co.uk/information/road-to-blissfields/ where they'll find an application form, and more information.
Blissfields supports awareness and fund raising for their chosen charity. The festival has a green ethos, incorporating recycling, litter bonds, and awareness of environmental issues during the weekend.
More information will be here when available.
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