Sophie Nield looks forward to next month’s Larmer Tree Festival, hoarding a host of diverse musicians and comedians from reggae and soul to folk.
[dropcap size=small]L[/dropcap]armer Tree Festival claims to be one of the happiest, friendliest and quirkiest festivals there is and with the music, comedy and craft activities they have to offer they can’t be far wrong. 2015 is the 25th anniversary of when the festival first began and so this year will be celebratory of the quarter of a century milestone. There are six stages that will be graced with the presence of some well known artists and other more emerging artists both of which always being known for their impressive musical talent and stage presence. Based in the scenic Larmer Tree Gardens near Salisbury on the Wiltshire/Dorset Border, the festival has a huge day and night time presence in the grounds.
After the success of last year, Sir Tom Jones is back again as one of the main headliners and will kick off the festival on Tuesday and perform for a second night on the Wednesday, both nights supported by The Shires on the main stage. Following that will be a range of artists including Levellers, a folk-punk band and contemporary folk band Bellowhead. Coco and the Butterfields, Show of Hands and The Magic Numbers are others gracing the smaller stages of the festival across the 6 days it lasts.
Alongside the music performances, Larmer Tree also has a secret garden which becomes home to alternative therapies including massage and aromatherapy tents. The Social is a place for jamming sessions during the days and more musical performances at night time and there are a variety of literary discussions and craft activities in Lostwood and the Water Garden.
Winners of the Larmer Tree Festival Breakthrough Music Awards, The Villanovas and The Drystones are included in this year’s line-up and will perform among the many other up and coming performers. There is also late night comedy including a set from celebrity comedian and actor Bill Bailey so a range of different things to see will be covered over the six days. Whatever you expect from a festival you are likely to enjoy all that you see at Larmer Tree.
Day tickets start from £39 and can be purchased here.