About Farr Festival
Farr is a boutique festival held in a deserted forest just outside London. Now in its sixth year, it has grown from a small gathering for friends into one of the leading boutique festivals in the country.
Despite what you might’ve heard elsewhere, size isn’t everything. Now under new management, we return better (but not bigger), still retaining all the charm, magic and intimacy we started out with.
Festival Director, Oscar Thornton, has been involved with Farr since day one, working with our amazing stage partners, programming the music and assisting in the festival logistics. Now taking full control of Farr with the Front To Back team, there is just one mission: to be THE festival for cutting edge electronic music in the UK.
THE STORY SO FARR
Farr was meant to begin life as an extended party in the woods for close friends and family, but instead welcomed 600 people to the enchanted woodland for a two-day fiesta in the depths of the countryside.
Inspired by this initial response, 2011 went one better by inviting Ewan Pearson, Julio Bashmore, Lee Foss and more to join the madness for 2011.
In its third and fourth years, the word was out. The crazy little party in the woods grew beyond expectation and acted as home to some of the world's greatest DJs, with Andrew Weatherall, Craig Richards and DBridge playing the music and stage hosts like Numbers, Futureboogie and Just Jack bringing the fun.
2014 built on this again, incorporating a live element with the help of some of the most talked about outfits of the year. Hercules and Love Affair, Mount Kimbie and Âme joined a menagerie of DJs including Move D, Bicep and George Fitzgerald for the most ambitious Farr yet.
Success for many festivals means expansion, bigger numbers and losing the organic magic of the early years, but this is something we've always striven to hold onto. While we’ve slowly increased in size to accommodate the growing demand for a piece of the magic, we look to 2015 as a year to refine all the best bits of the last five years. We can’t wait to have you along for the ride.
The Farr forest was planted in 1980 as an orchard for wild animals and game cover for the winter months. When we discovered The Shack in our woodland, we knew that this would be the heart of Farr Festival. For the original Woodland Warriors who have been with us since the start, you will (just about) remember it. In case your memory needs shaking, it was a broken down caravan that we converted into a stage. We got such good use out of The Shack that it died a sad death when the floor fell in.
Our converted caravan may be gone forever, but the Farr forest remains stronger than ever and expanded for 2015 to its biggest size yet! For just one week a year, Bygrave Woods comes to life and is adorned by twinkly lights, colourful bunting and of course YOU - the Woodland Warriors. Without it, Farr would not be what it is today. Long live cinder trees - and of course - RIP The Shack.
Newnham Village & The Local Community
Here at Farr we work hard to work alongside the local community of Newnham Village and the surrounding areas. We use local contractors for recycling and stewarding as well as inviting the locals to get involved with the festival. 95% of our waste is recycled through a local company. Having the local community behind us means everything and we will endeavour to keep it that way.