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 25th festival of acoustic folk and world music, but also roots, blues, jazz, Americana, reggae are confirmed as 6 days this year from Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th July 2015.
Completing this year's line-up are Pronghorn, All The Luck In The World, Beth Porter and The Availables, The Ben Waters Band, The Gaslight Troubadours with Professor Elemental, Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds with Justin Currie, Diabel Cissokho, No Go Stop, Pete Lawrence, Wesley Bennett, Nudybronque, Boy Le Monti, Pachango, Will McNicol and Luke Selby, Simon Panrucker, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow, Django Spears, First World Pros, Noah's House Band, and Signals.
Tom Jones, once again tops the bill opening the festival on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th July. He will be followed on Thursday by another returning Larmer Tree band, Levellers, dynamic guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela on Friday, Femi Kuti on Saturday and Jimmy Cliff and Bill Bailey on Sunday.
Other acts confirmed include Bellowhead, Orchestre National de Barbes, Ibibio Sound Machine, Show of Hands, Raghu Dixit, Kobo Town, Martin Carthy, Kiko Bun, CoCo and the Butterfields, Curtis Eller's American Circus, Snowapple, Swingrowers, Keston Cobblers Club, Naomi Bedford, C.C. Smugglers, No Go Stop, Ciaran Lavery, Police Dog Hogan, Gaz Brookfield, The FB Pocket Orchestra, Jon Sterckx, Tobias Ben Jacob, Lukas Drinkwater, Still Moving DJs , Kelly Oliver, Drew Allen, The Magic Numbers, The Beat, Meadowlark, Laura Doggett, Seafret, Molotov Jukebox, Dub Inc., Shlomo, By The Rivers, Andy Kershaw, Steve Knightley, Blair Dunlop, Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six, Hunter and The Bear, Jarrod Dickenson, Megan Henwood, AJ Holmes and the Hackney Empire, ChainSka Brassika, Winter Mountain, Nudybronque, Time for T, Pachango, Count Bobo & The Bullion, Tezeta, Gold Of My Own, Peluche, Lotte Mullan, Will McNicol and Luke Selby, Tinderbox, Bella Figura, The Villanovas, The Drystones, Cate Ferris, and Wesley Bennett.
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.
The comedy line-up joining Bill Bailey has also been announced. Headlining the late-night comedy club on the ARC stage this year are Ed Byrne, Russell Kane, Sara Pascoe, andSeann Walsh, ably supported by Kerry Godliman, James Acaster, David Trent, Alex Edelman, Gareth Richards, Rhys James, Carl Hutchinson, Stephen Bailey, Damian Clarke, Fin Taylor, Yve Blake, and Mark Simmons.
Tickets are sold on a tiered system.
An adult weekend ticket is priced at £240 for all 5 days, £199 for 4 days, and £174 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.
There is an added week-long holiday pass available, these are priced at £260 for adults, £176 for youth, and £104 for children aged over 5, with a dedicated luxury camping field providing hot showers, toilets, a café, campfire and barbecue area.
Parking, campervan passes, and day tickets are also available now.
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!
After the Main Stage finishes at 11pm there's a brand new after-hours DJ venue tucked away in Lostwood to visit. Set among the trees in a clearing in the woods, The Hide is the perfect place to dance the night away. Also open until 4am, The Social is home to acoustic music and chilled out chatting by day, and by night late-night live acts and resident DJs will have the audience dancing till dawn.
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.
Here is a short eFestivals film about 2010's Larmer Tree Festival.
More information will be here when available.
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