An intimate crowd of only 4,000, five family friendly days of eclectic music, street theatre and workshops set in the spectacular backdrop of Larmer Tree Gardens with its resident peacocks and macaws.
The dates for the 24th festival of acoustic folk and world music, but also roots, blues, jazz, Americana, reggae are confirmed as Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th July 2014.
Wednesday headliner is Tom Jones, Thursday night’s headliner is Squeeze, Frank Turner,& The Sleeping Souls headline Friday, Staff Benda Bilili take to the Main Stage on Saturday , and Tom Odell is the Sunday headliner.
Stornoway, Public Service Broadcasting, Gentleman’s Dub Club, The Heavy, La Pegatina, Dreadzone, The Bad Shepherds, La Chiva Gantiva, Hudson Taylor, The Selecter, Dub Pistols, The Barr Brothers, We Were Evergreen, Fanfarlo, Crowns, Peggy Sue, Chloe Charles, Hackney Colliery Band, Talisman, O’Hooley & Tidow, Marcus Bonfanti, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin The Perch Creek Family Jugband, CoCo and the Butterfields, Georgia Ruth, The Rails, Boppin’ B, The Dodge Brothers, Will and The People, Steve Knightley & The Happy Campers, Beans on Toast, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, The Intermission Project, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Hat Fitz & Cara, The FB Pocket Orchestra, Tantz, Dr Meaker, Celloman String Trio, Rusty Shackle, Charlie Cunningham, Samsara, Truckstop Honeymoon, Cardboard Fox, More Like Trees, Kidnap Alice, We Use to Make Things, Hunter & The Bear, The Dixie Strollers, Catherine Burke Band, Rioghnach Connolly, Patch and the Giant, Ninebarrow, Will Varley, Dan Owen, Honeyfeet, Pronghorn, Jilk, Matthew & Me, Hightown Crows, The Little Unsaid, Eyes for Gertrude, Tobias Ben Jacob, Will McNicol, The Bleeding Noses, Nudybronque, Just Millie, Simon Panrucker, Hot Feet, Lily McCauley, Doors to Manuel, Yeti Love, Still Moving DJ’s
There will be over 100 bands and acts will perform on six stages, alongside a comedy club, 150 free workshops and a Sunday carnival.
The festival generally has a lovely chilled atmosphere, and is child-friendly, all set on a gorgeous site in lovely Victorian pleasure gardens with a free campsite next door, with free showers and well serviced toilets. There are also countless other attractions for all ages, including a carnival procession, 150 free workshops, theatre and talks, site art and a dedicated kids' zone.
Tickets are for the first time sold on a tiered system.
An adult weekend ticket was priced at £220 for all 5 days - and has sold out, £190 for 4 days, and £165 for 3 days, there are Youth (age 11-17), and Child (age 5-10) options also available, and under 5's are free.
The ticket price includes camping for the night(s) of the date(s) of a ticket, and expect them to sell out quite quickly.
A parking pass is priced at £10, and a campervan ticket is £45.
Day tickets for Wednesday are sold out.
There was an added week-long holiday pass available, these have also sold out they were priced at £240 for adults, £155 for youth, and £90 for children aged over 5, with a dedicated luxury camping field providing hot showers, toilets, a café, campfire and barbecue area.
The festival has walkabout theatre and over 150 workshops for all ages from Thursday at 2pm onwards. There's circus skills from Thursday to Sunday, and 11 acres of gardens for children to explore with a huge adventure playground!
The ARC Comedy Club will host Lee Nelson, Mark Watson, Chris Ramsey, Paul Foot, Abandoman, Romesh Ranganathan, Lucy Beaumont, Ed Gamble, Henry Paker, Phil Wang, Steve Bugeja, Alex Smith, and Comedy Club 4 Kids.
This year's shows for kids have also been announced and include Bubble Boogie Disco, POP! A Magical Comedy Show, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Tale of the Wizard’s Whisper, The Sea Sisters, The Case of the Curious Suitcase, Dancing Diggers Roadshow, The Maniax, Uncle Tacko’s Flea Circus, Children’s Workshops including pitta bread-making and African drumming, Under 5s Massages, Baby Yoga, Music for babies, Music for Under 5s, and Story Massage.
Larmer Tree Festival brings a huge array of street theatre performance. Crazy characters abound while lavish costumes, outlandish puppetry, capering and clowning are the order of the day.
The Saturday fancy dress theme has not yet been announced.
Larmer Tree also presents a hand-picked selection of theatre, (staged in the Victorian pavilion Club Larmer) drawn from around the UK, including highlights from the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The magical Lostwood area is expected to return. Celebrating the art of storytelling, poetry, spoken and written word this area is home to 60 free sessions for all ages. Amongst many other favourites the Late Night Storytelling sessions hopefully will be returning for all to enjoy.
Larmer Tree also offer Comfy Camping options including tipis in the Wigwam Sam tipi village, bell tent boutique camping with Hotel Bell Tent and for those who really want to be fully immersed in the 1950's theme there is the option of Airstream Trailers.
Breakthrough Music Awards
This year organisers are looking for breakthrough music acts to compete for a chance to perform at this summer's festival. Bands and musicians can apply by visiting the Community page at the Larmer Tree website and uploading their chosen track. Applications are open until 5pm on Sunday 24th March, so undiscovered performers should get recording straight away. Entries will be split into acoustic and electric categories, and artists from each and every genre are welcome.
Here is a short eFestivals film about 2010's Larmer Tree Festival.
More information will be here when available.
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