[Shelby Loasby | News Sub Editor]
The only way is Brownstock! Essex welcomes back one of it’s most successful small festivals on 10th, 11th and 12th July, for a packed weekend of music, entertainment and unforgettable memories.
The festival, which was shortlisted for Best Small Festival by the UK Festival Awards last year, has been run by the Brown family since 2005, when it started off on the back of a trailer on Morris Farm with around 150 people.
Now in its 11th year, the festival will see over 6000 people, 96 acts and 36 Djs. The fast-growing, and ever-popular event is a great alternative to V Fest in Chelmsford, and is helping put Essex well and truly on the festival map.
— Brownstock Festival (@Brownstockfest) June 11, 2015
This year will see five stages, all home to different genres of music, and all offering a different experience:
THE MAIN STAGE
Here you can see the most high profile acts, with DJ FRESH and format headlining on Friday night, Basement Jaxx and Sigma on Saturday, and Example+dj wire and The Darkness on Sunday. The main stage will also bare witness to up and comers, The Kubricks, the unforgettable The Hoosiers, and the likes of Raleigh Ritchie – AKA Grey Worm from Game of Thrones.
THE GOOD SHED
This is Brownstock’s number one dance tent, and transforms into a comedy club on Sunday. Friday’s lineup includes Grime artist Lethal Bizzle and ‘German Whip’ man Meridian Dan. Saturday will see Shadow Child and Bondax taking to the stage, with Sub Focus and Friction finishing on Sunday. A whole range of Djs will also perform in The Good Shed over the weekend, including; Dream McLean, Draig Cavid (great name!) and Culture Shock.
THE STUMBLE INN
The Inn is home to the festival’s house music, with Too Damn Glam, Next Wave, and Cadre Movement, headlining over the three-day event. R. Devereux and T/Neb will make several appearances over the weekend, and will be joined by Vale Colvin, Scott Palmer and Lowris, to name a few.
THE TREEHOUSE STAGE
One of the most amazing festival stages – hand built by Anna Brown into two old oak trees, The Treehouse Stage will host up and coming acts high up in the trees looking over the festival. Dojo and Anna McLuckie will take control on Friday, with Youth Club and a handful of Stealing Signs bands on the Saturday Night Takeover. Sunday will also see Midnight Barbers joined by Tom Prior, Jess Speakman and many more.
THE SLIPPERY SADDLE SALOON
Self-proclaimed as the coolest saloon in the world, The Slippery Saddle is complete with swinging doors and swivel doors and is just three years old. You can head here for a country music bonanza and see a whole range of acts, from Penguin Part and Rostock on Friday, to Mississippi Macdonald and the Cottonmouth Kings on Saturday, and not forgetting Pie Face and Red Butler on Sunday.
Food, Drink & Travel
Not only will you experience the sounds of a variety of musicians, you can also expect to taste some of the best food in Essex. As the festival is small and independent, the Brown Family have gone out of their way to make it enjoyable and unique and to cater for as many different tastes as possible. They have hand picked food stalls to bring the most diverse and fresh menus in the area. The stalls will be open from the crack of dawn right up until the early hours of the morning and won’t just be bringing you a plate of chips.
The all important alcohol is also taken care of. Whilst festival goers can BYOB (Bring your own Booze) it can only be consumed in the campsites – health and safety of people and the livestock at the farm. Brownstock, however, will have a bar at every end to make sure everyone is kept watered and boozed, with the Pirate, Saloon, Campsite and VIP bars.*
*Drink Responsibly. Visit drinkaware.co.uk for the facts
Camping is also a must at Brownstock, so that you can make the most of your time at the festival. Glamping – glamorous camping for those indoorsy people out there – is also available and more information can be found on the Brownstock website, along with a list of festival essentials that the Brown’s recommend, including; Wellies, loo roll, human repair kit and fancy dress clothing (Check the Brownstock Facebook Page to vote for your favourite fancy dress theme!)
One of the great things about staying at Brownstock is the fact that you don’t break the bank in doing so. Whilst low-cost tier 1 tickets are now sold out, a limited amount of weekend camping tickets on tier 2 are still available at only £79.
Travel is always an issue with festivals, but Brownstock are offering a bus service to and from many of the surrounding Essex Towns. The shuttle will pick you up on Friday and drop you back home on the Monday at a cost of only £20. Check out the map below to see where you can get the shuttle from.
So now you know all the deats – although some things will be left as a surprise! (Clue #1 Roller Disco) And if you haven’t got your tickets already, it’s time to head over to the website and buy them ASAP. We cannot wait for the festival and in case you’re not lucky enough to go, we will be bringing you live updates throughout the weekend via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so make sure you follow now!
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