What’s not to like about the Forgotten Fields festival? It is on paper the perfect smaller scale party, thrown by the organisers of Kendal Calling – who have decided to ply their trade further south in the beautiful Eridge Park, close to Tunbridge Wells in East Sussex. Devised on a small scale, with a capacity of just 4,000, the idea is to throw a three day festival that offers good music but a whole lot more besides.
The five stages are bolstered by a World Cinema, a Real Ale Festival (including the festival’s own brew!) and Site Art, with the added promise of world food, boutique camping and a family friendly environment. If you live within commuting distance of the venue – for that read Brighton, London or Eastbourne – Forgotten Fields will get you there by shuttle, so the chance to enjoy a day or two outside of the camping experience also exists.
It is the music that really pulls you in though, and it’s quite a line-up the colourful festival promises – ranging from a set of eclectic DJs to established favourites old and new. Not to mention Razorlight, Levellers and De La Soul in some unexpected throwbacks! So here are our top five acts…
The Welsh wizards’ return has been justly celebrated, reminding us that Gruff Rhys and his charges are one of the UK’s great musical treasures. This is their first festival year since 2009, and we can expect a set drenched in hits while also exploring the band’s thoughtful and highly emotive side through the recently reissued Welsh language album Mwng.
Always guaranteed to bring the carnival to your festival, Basement Jaxx are in better form than ever before – and now come with added depth, their recent orchestral exploits revealing unknown layers to their best songs. Expect colourful costumes, eye popping dancing and vocal powerhouses.
3. De La Soul
Now in the midst of a new album, the second most funded musical project on Kickstarter, De La Soul are surely a home banker for any festival. The trio wowed the crowds at Kendal Calling last year, so organiser Andy Smith had no hesitation in booking them for a repeat performance down south. Expect them to be just as generous this time around, as their funk and hip hop is ideal for the outdoor sunshine. Assuming Mother Nature is kind, of course…
Twelve years. That’s the scary length of time British Sea Power have now been captivating us with their environmentally aware pop music. In that time they’ve played in some pretty adventurous venues around the UK, with an ever-inventive and changing approach to making live music. Expect something special for Forgotten Fields.
5. DJ Yoda presents Breakfast Of Champions
The ever-colourful Yoda, who seems to have his fingers in a never ending selection of musical pies, brings his first live band to Forgotten Fields, featuring Sparks, Truthos Mufasa, Mouse Outfit, Shlomo and Rex Domino.
Forgotten Fields takes place in Eridge Park, East Sussex on 7-9 August 2015. Tickets and further information can be found here.