Countdown to the LAST EVER Shindig Festival

Shindig festival will be celebrating its 10th and last birthday this weekend

By Iggy Makarov | Published: Tue 21st May 2024

Shindig Festival 2024

Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th May 2024
Dillington Estate, Whitelackington, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9EG, England MAP
Weekend Tickets currently £185 (plus booking fees)
Daily capacity: 500
Last updated: Tue 23rd Apr 2024

Signalling the start of the summer, Shindig Festival (23rd – 26th May) will be celebrating its tenth and final birthday this week. The event will be held near Ilminster, Somerset - making it the last dance on the Dillington Estate.

The sun is set to shine, the festival is being created and the excitement is building. Known for its big line up and iconic art sculptures, the event has been recommended by Emily Eavis, Glastonbury organiser, as a good alternative to those who didn’t manage to get Glasto tickets. There are no main stages, just a beautiful arrangement of themed dancefloors and corners to explore.

Shindig Festival 2024

Tenth Birthday Music Line-up

Shindig combines old-skool royalty, festival residents with many rising stars to ensure it’s a soundtrack like no other. Groove Armada (DJ set), Brand New Heavies, Mad Professor featuring General Levy and Sandra Cross, are on the bill. Along with Kurupt FM - the radio, TV and Bafta winning movie stars.

New York house DJ John Morales, who has remixed all the greats from The Rolling Stones, Spandau Ballet, Aretha Franklin to Hall & Oates, Candi Staton, and Rod Stewart will play on Saturday. Definitely not to be missed.

House heads will enjoy Jody Wisternoff, (half of Bristol-based duo Way Out West) plus Terry Farley and his Faith crew: Stuart Patterson and Dave Jarvis will be performing as part of their 25 year celebrations.

Drum n Bass lovers can get down to Run in the Jungle (T>I & D*Minds) and look forward to Jungle Mania with Congo Natty, DJ Rap with The Ragga Twins and Brockie & Det.


Chai Wallah's Collaboration

Critically acclaimed and much-loved festival crew Chai Wallahs join the Shindig family for 2024. Well known for providing spectacular spaces at Greenman, Secret Garden Party and Shambala, the team will combine to turn the Dig Inn venue into the biggest the festival has ever had. This means more people can enjoy the headliners in style.  Expect incredible music, soul-warming vibes and ridiculous cocktails.

Comedy Line-up

And it’s not just music. Each year the line-up includes some comic geniuses. For 2024, it’s Reginald D. Hunter, Angelos Epithemiou, Olivia Leeand viral sensation Red Richardson.

Art Installations

Expect some attention stealing, mind-bending art installations from the most visionary and trailblazing creatives of today: WREKON, Dot Master, Sam Haggerty, James Kearney, Iain Coiley, Mutoid Waste, Bex Luther and Joe Rush. Combatting waste has never been so cool. And it's all choreographed by Shindig's Creative Director: Mojo Fell.

Kids Kingdom

There are tons of free activities available from 9am until 5pm daily with performances and shows throughout. Also child-friendly films will be shown in the Cinema until 10pm. Activities include: Breakdancing, Graffiti, MCing, Ringworld inflatables sessions, drumming, climbing wall, puppet show, giant marble run and loads more.


The Dress-up Theme

The eagerly-awaited theme is Magical Creatures. The perfect invitation to bring out your inner party animal. But if that doesn’t speak to you, then strut your stuff during cross-dressing Friday and Sequin Sunday.

The Last Shindig Festival EVER

Owing to the challenging landscape of the events industry, coupled with a trend of delayed ticket buying and the lack of Government support, it’s been increasingly difficult for independent festivals to operate.  Thirty eight independent festivals have been cancelled or postponed this year.
Mojo Fell and Simon Clarke Co-Directors say:

As the countdown ticks closer to zero, our excitement is soaring. We’re throwing everything we have at it and going to make this the best weekend we have ever created. We owe that to everyone.

Shindig Festival has evolved over the years from being a party for the network of friends of the Ghetto Funk record label to a festival with a reputation for an incredible line up and a super friendly vibe.  It’s a glorious mash up of a gig, a free party, a circus show, a series of curious craft workshops, a wellbeing retreat and a kid’s party.

From watching circus to hearing some comedy or discovering a new skill, there’s something for everyone. Bringing a healthy dose of foot-stomping funk and a packed programme of entertainment for all ages, Shindig Festival offers relaxation and revelry in equal measures.
Everyone needs to get behind them for the last leg as they are going out with a bang.
Weekend and Sunday tickets are still available!

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