The main problem everyone is faced with each year is which festival has the best line up and whether it is worth parting with your hard-earned cash. This year that accolade should most certainly go to Hop Farm which is to take place from Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July in Kent.
Headliners this year are Morrissey, The Eagles and Prince (*brain explodes*). Around 70 acts will be performing across the 3 days on 3 different stages. Among these acts are fellow Oxfordians Stornoway and Young Knives who are headlining the Bread & Roses Stage on the Friday and Sunday respectively. The line up is full to the brim of incredible acts and will play host to some very special shows, most notably Iggy & The Stooges, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Aloe Blacc, Hot Chip, Bryan Ferry and Death Cab For Cutie, the list goes on. Amidst all of the big name acts there are some smaller bands who deserve to be big and are destined for great things, these acts include The Treetop Flyers, Clock Opera, Cloud Control, Summer Camp and Dry The River. It would be very easy to overlook these bands due to the calibre of other acts on the bill but I can’t recommend them highly enough.
For The Eagles and Prince these are their only UK appearances this summer and will prove to be the talking point of the festival season. 2008 saw Neil Young Headline and last year saw Bob Dylan headline, but this year will be the best year to date with a third day being added as there is just too much magnificence to contain in two days.
Day tickets cost £70, 2 day festival cost £130 and the whole kit and caboodle is £170. Get your tickets now and you’ll be treated to more talented musicians in a field in Kent than you’ll ever see again, guaranteed.
The one problem I can foresee is that Hop Farm can’t take all that ego on one stage; if you’re there you’ll be the first to know.