Getting bigger and better with age, it’s described as “the greatest house party in a field” - except there's no need to worry about red wine on the cream carpet, destruction of your parent's vase as per the traditional house party. Ideal.
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Brilliant bands, dancing aplenty and soaking up the party atmosphere
Lower Exe Farm,
Week St Mary,
Having come a long way from the 250 people that attended their first event in 2006, this huge house party taken to the wild still holds the same spirit of being in the company of friends as it ever did. Year-round, the same team of devoted pals work their Bude-dwelling bums off to bring great acts to an even better atmosphere.
This year sees the likes of Foxes, whose high energy synth-pop saw her awarded a Grammy this January. Fingers crossed for another rendition of Pharrell’s Happy, à la her recent Radio 1 Live Lounge performance. Fenech-Soler will be on hand to provide a hybrid of summery indie, dance beats and big bass that combine to form a headlining live show that needs to be felt to be believed. A personal favourite of mine – and I do not throw that term around lightly, I drew an intake of breath so sharp upon seeing their name in the line-up I very nearly choked – Dry the River will lend their unbelievable, ethereal folk-rock to the stage, and I will be trying to get frontman Peter Liddle’s phone number.
Besides the bands, there’s The Tree Line dance arena and behold, the Temple of Boom, new for 2014 and brought to you by South West club scene (yes, there is one) favourites Hong Kong Ping Pong. Food, drink and retail village Palloozaville should be your first port of call for a beer and a hearty snack, and there’s a custom-built track set upon which some of the best mountain bike riders in the word will descend during their only UK stop on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour. Wouldn’t fit that in a house now, would you.
Standard tickets for the three days will set you back £70, with family tickets priced at £170.