Sussex Summer Festivals guide 2014
Fancy getting along to a great festival this year but don’t want to spend hours in the car or on the train with all of your gear? Get along to one of our picks from this years Summer Festivals across Sussex! With a variety of festivals focussing on kids, electronic music, Blues, Jazz, theatre and performance and so much more!
Get down with the kids in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside! Kids can try their hand at skateboarding, climbing, mountain biking, parkour, kayaking, raft- building and more! There are also artists, bands, storytellers, performers, a cinema tent and camp workshops. It all sounds very nifty. The festival boasts two elite drinking holes for the non-children to busy themselves with while the kids are scampering about up trees and what have you. The Merry Maker, and the drunken Botanist cocktail bar present drinks crafted around ingredients foraged on the Stoneham Springs farm, local and international brewers.
Pippingford Park – 23 – 26 May 2014
Shakedown festival is a no camping all day festival held in Waterhall just outside Brighton. This festival is renown for bringing the hottest headline acts to its stages. This years line up includes Basement Jaxx, Duke Dumont, Groove Armada, Gorgon City, Jaguar Skills, DJ EZ, Zane Lowe, Wilkinson, Foreign Beggars, DJ Zinc, Disclosure, Friction, Primitive People, Hannah Wants etc. etc. etc! WIN TICKETS HERE!
Waterhall Brighton, BN1 9YR – 19 July 2014
Voted “Best British Blues Festival 2010” in the British Blues awards, The title is bang on message here and the festival does what it says on the tin. Not only are you in for blues and a farm but a legendary beer list, the envy of many a beer festival. It’s all about the music maan, and Blues on the Farm has a reputation for presenting high quality music from world class artists in a friendly, relaxed and warm atmosphere. A couple of years ago, the Sunday Times called it: “The friendliest festival in the UK”, while the independent raved about the “little piece of the Mississippi Delta on the Chichester Plain.”
Appledram Farm, Chichester – 19 – 22 June 2014
Britain’s first green-field Jazz festival in 20 years is going from strength to strength. Jazz is a broad church, and the line up shows off a smorgasbord of the genre, with everything from artists that jazz purists would appreciate to mainstreams acts to cater for a myriad of palates. Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter and Soul II Soul are amongst the first artists confirmed for 2014. Festival Director Ciro Romano said his aims to create: “North Sea Jazz meets Latitude in the beautiful South downs.”
Glynde Place, Sussex – 4 – 6 July 2014
In a deliberate step to distance themselves from the ever more corporate gatherings dotting the UK countryside, the festival is VIP section, sponsorship and branding free. This years line up is coming along nicely, and Maximo Park, The Feeling and Scouting for Girls are already booked. In addition to the two main stages there are the jazz and blues lounge, comedy tent, silent disco, unsigned stage, kidz zone, bandstands, a vintage fairground and circus performers. More importantly, Vipees are pleased to announce that they will be stepping up their WC game this year and bringing state of the art, fresh water, flushing toilets to the party which a concierge service will clean after every use. It’s time to ditch the she wee ladies!
Hop Farm Family Park – 4 – 6 July 2014
Dromos Festival (free!) CANCELLED
Fancy a free fezza? This travelling fiesta will be popping up across West Sussex in July, with it’s first confirmed date on 27th July at Coombes Farm. Dromos brings an eclectic mix of theatre, dance, music, street performance and workshops, incorporating contemporary culture with local traditions. Do – gooder Dromos encourages involvement from young people and community members, creating a platform for emerging artists as well as programming quality established artists and companies.
Coombes Farm – 27 July
Another ingenious festival title, this award winner has received a Silver Festival Kidz Award, beating competition from many of the UK’s top festivals. There are endless facilities and activities to ensure your little poppets are properly catered for and having a suitably radical time. But after bed time the adults come out to play, with late night bangers at a properly danceable volume, as well as shenanigans in the tea tent until the wee hours.
Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum East Sussex – 1 – 3 August 2014
As the festival season draws to a close it’s time for one last huzzuh before we all trudge back indoors and try not to turn on the heating. Big Green Cardigan’s philosophy is “Intimate, chilled, relaxed and not big and brash” – it’s an old school festival with no gimmicks or corporate sponsorship. Sample the award winning wine from the vineyard over the road and chill in the late summer sun. Intimate means hundreds not thousands so tickets sell out quick! GBC is not family friendly so leave yo kids at home!
East Sussex Countryside on Hawkhurst Road – 5 – 7 September 2014