REVIEW: Farr Festival Review & Top 5 Highlights
Farr Festival, one of the UK’s best electronic festivals brought a party to the picturesque Bygrove Woods in Hertfordshire last weekend and it’s a party that will live long in the memory of all who attended. Farr Festival has built a reputation as one of the most eclectic and forward-thinking festivals in the UK and this installment was no different.
The sun was out, the stages were set, the sound was great, the beers and tunes flowed and a gathering of like-minded individuals met and partied the weekend away. It would be difficult to narrow down how many great memories I made there into 5 highlights but I’ll give it a go for you.
Roman Flugel is one of the biggest names in German electronic music. With a 2 decade long career behind him there aren’t many places in the world where he hasn’t DJ’d. However, I doubt he has played at a more beautiful and intense space than the Adventures In Success stage at Farr. He played a stormer on the Saturday night and it was probably my favourite set of the weekend.
This guy set the tone for the whole weekend for me. Playing on a stage he himself had curated he brought the house down. This was easily the most dancing I’d done at a festival in a long time and after accidently bumping into the man himself earlier on in the day, I can say he’s one of the coolest and nicest DJ’s around.
Optimo b2b Young Marco
It wouldn’t be a festival unless I saw Optimo. The Scottish duo are maestros of the party. Here at Farr they went b2b with another titan in Amsterdam’s Young Marco. My memory of this set is a little hazy but I remember quite a lot of MJ getting played (which is never a bad thing). I don’t think I’ve ever seen either of them play a bad set but this was surely one of their best.
One of Manchester’s finest exports of recent times Willow smashed The Shack early on Sunday morning. It was the perfect set for all the late night/early morning ravers.
In hindsight now we’ve been knocked out it seems silly to include the England game in this list but at the time it was one of those moments where everyone was unified. The atmosphere was incredible and for me it was what real patriotism looks like. No matter what you looked like or what you were into everyone was together singing and celebrating. It was a beautiful thing to be a part of and I wouldn’t have swapped watching that game with 2,000 other people for any DJ set in the world.
Farr Festival 2018 was a truly immersive experience. It’s a festival that gets under your skin and doesn’t let go of you. It’s up there with my favourite festivals I’ve ever been to and next year is its 10th anniversary so you can bet they have something special up their sleeve.