Lounge on the Farm Festival
6th – 8th July 2012
Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent
First acts announced:
“Enjoy the quaint setting, laid-back beats, locally sourced food.” Guardian Guide
“Lounge on the Farm is an expert as showcasing superb new talent set to blow up.” Clash
“With sumptuous weather every year, Lounge on the Farm has created a niche for itself as a gorgeous countryside getaway.” Drowned In Sound
“A perfect weekend.” Daily Star
After 6 successful years, boutique festival Lounge on the Farm will be returning to Canterbury in Kent once again. Armed with its winning combination of unique location on a real, working farm, delicious locally sourced food and family friendly atmosphere, Lounge on the Farm – which has previously won ‘Best Line Up’ at the UK Festival Awards – is set to once again present a diverse and reputable line up that represents a mixture of chart-topping acts, hot new bands, DJs and local talent.
Among the first announced acts for Lounge on the Farm 2012 are the Mystery Jets, British hip hop pioneer Roots Manuva, lively Liverpudlian trio The Wombats and rising star Emeli Sandé, who has a number one debut “Our Version Of Events” and, like 2011 headliner Ellie Goulding before her, an coveted BRIT’S Critics Choice Award under her belt, affirming Lounge Of The Farm’s ethos of harbouring young British talent.
Drum and Bass legend Goldie represents one of the first acts from the dance contingent and is sure to bring bass heavy beats to the farm along with reggae obsessive David Rodigan, who was recently given an MBE for his contribution to the genre over the years. Legendary disco outfit Chic – whose discography spans four decades and includes such disco classics as ‘Everybody Dance’ and ‘Le Freak’ – complete what is undoubtedly set to be a varied and carefully considered line up that will cater for adults and younger audiences alike.
Lounge on the Farm was born in 2006 out of the desire to bring a unique slant to the UK summer festival market, and provide an event that promoted Kent and its many performers, musicians, traders and creative talents. It has been going from strength to strength ever since, winning “Best Line Up” at the 2009 UK Festival Awards and the “Sustainability” award in both 2008 and again in 2011 at the Greener Festival Awards. The gorgeous landscape of Merton Farm on which the festival is situated combines the very best elements for the ultimate British Summertime.
What’s new for 2012?
Lounge on the Farm prides itself on having a carefully selected array of food & drink options that go above and beyond the usual culinary offerings found at festivals. All food and drink on site is 100% locally sourced: the cows are raised all year on Merton Farm to become the superb burgers and steaks served on site and all the traditional ciders and ales served at the Meadows Bar are locally brewed. The award winning food market is set to return, featuring staple Lounge classics such as Al’s Hog Roast, Easy Nuh Caribbean Cuisine, MUU sushi, plus the critically acclaimed Farmhouse Restaurant will once again be relocating from its Canterbury HQ over to Merton Farm especially for the occasion.
The much loved Meadows Area will once again be transformed into a magical wonderland of pop up stalls, art pieces and features from local students and Kent creatives, and a new forest pathway between the Main Arena and The Meadows will be constructed. Exciting plans are underway for large scale art installations – more details of which to come.
Bigger for 2012, the Boutique on the Farm premiere camping area is set to include more pitches for Yurts, Bell Tents and Teepee’s, luxury toilets and showers, plus an appointed Boutique area manager to personally deal with all campers. Suppliers Sleeping Bells, Camping Under the Stars and Tommy’s Teepees will all be providing their beautiful structures to the farm – all of which will be located in a new space on the site that is closer to the main action. Prices start at £395 for a 4 person Bell Tent.
Along with the return of the silent disco and the vintage market, Lounge on the farm 2012 will see the return of many more festival favourites along with new and exciting additions, with more announcements to be made very soon.
Lounge on the Farm
Early Bird Tickets now available for 2 weeks at £110 available through
The Farm House and the Lounge on the Farm website.
Full priced tickets will be available at £115 after the 2 week period.
Boutique camping starts at £395 for 4 persons.