Farr Festival is an electronic music festival held within an uninhabited forest in Hertfordshire, England.
From humble beginnings in 2009 Farr Festival has evolved from a small gathering of like-minded friends into one of UK’s leading electronic music festivals. Bringing an array of international musical talent to the tranquil environment surrounding Farr Festival.
Taking place between Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th July 2018 the ninth edition of Farr Festival will see us venture deeper into the woods, boasting new stages, daytime experiences and of an eclectic medley of producers, selectors and performers to warm your ears.
Previous performances include Todd Terje, Booka Shade, NAO, Omar-S, Floating Points, John Talabot, Gilles Peterson, Ben UFO, Midland, Joy Orbison, Helena Hauff, DJ Koze, Mount Kimbie, Move D, Prosumer, Tama Sumo, Bicep, Andrew Weatherall, George Fitzgerald, Daniel Avery, Jackmaster, Sophie, Heidi and a whole lot more.
Key to the success of Farr Festival is its size. Whilst we’ve slowly increased this to accommodate the growing demand for a piece of the magic, we look to 2018 as a year to refine all the best bits of the last eight years. We can’t wait to have you along for the ride.
The Farr Forest
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 2018 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.
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.
Farr is located less than an hour from central London, straight up the A1 by car. There are also regular train services from Kings Cross to Stevenage and Baldock, which take between 20 and 30 minutes.
Baldock is the closest station to Farr Festival and a direct service runs from London King's Cross to Baldock regularly, it takes roughly 40 minutes.
This year we are offering a shuttle bus service from Baldock train station to Farr Festival, details of which can be found below.
If you would rather book a taxi, it takes roughly 10 minutes from Baldock train station to the festival site (depending on demand and traffic). However there is no taxi rank at the train station, so best to use Uber. Letchworth and Stevenage stations are also close by.
We recommend taking advantage of our shuttle bus service or booking a taxi beforehand, as the service tends to get very busy over the weekend. Click HERE for full information (address + facilities) about Baldock train station.
Our shuttle bus service is the easiest and cheapest option to get to and from Farr Festival. Each journey is £5 (cash only). Shuttles coincide with the first train arrival and last departure from the station.
* At periods of peak demand extra buses will be run (on approximately the half hour) to ensure no queues build up.
2018 Timetable TBA
Postcode for SAT NAV: SG7 5JX
- Approaching Newnham from London take the A1M motorway northbound towards Peterborough and leave the motorway at junction 10 for Stotfold and Shefford.
- At the roundabout beneath the motorway bridge, take the third exit and join the A507 towards the Baldock service station.
- At the next roundabout take the second exit and continue to follow the Great North Road A507.
- In approximately 50m turn left onto the Newnham Road and follow the road to Newnham/Ashwell.
- After driving a further 0.3 miles you will reach the junction in Newnham Village where you turn right.
- Now continue on to Newnham Road for a further 0.1 miles and you will find Newnham Hall on the left hand side of the road. Please turn right onto the stone road.
Farr Festival 2018 opens on Thursday 5th July with box office opening at 12:00 and music commencing at 13:00. Gates close at 16:00 BST on Sunday 8th July.
Upon arrival you will be directed to the Box Office. Please bring ID, driving license or passport to confirm your identity. Entry will not be granted to the festival if you do not arrive within the Box Office hours listed below:
Box Office Hours
- Thursday 5th - 12:00pm - 23:00
- Friday 6th - 10:00am - 23:00
- Saturday 7th - 10:00am - 23:00
- Sunday 8th - 10:00am - 16:00
There is no re-entry once you have entered Farr Festival, so make sure you have everything you need!
Ticket Types & Official Outlets
Farr Festival offers weekend, day tickets, group buys and a ticket deposit scheme to help you split the costs over several months. Disabled access is also available.
Upon successful payment of your ticket you will receive an E-Ticket. Please print this out and bring it with you. Do not rely on showing your phone as 4G / 3G is limited on site.
We do not offer refunds for ticket purchases unless the event is cancelled in which case we will refund the ticket price minus the booking fee and any other charges which we cannot recover. This is fully outlined in our Terms & Conditions during purchase and is an industry-wide standard.
If you are attending Farr Festival as a group and are arriving at alternate times or days please take note of the following.
Group ticket attendees must all enter together with the named ticket holder. However at the festival's discretion the primary ticket holder can provide a copy of their official ID (passport or driving license) and pass this onto the non-named ticket holders.
Farr Festival is not held responsible for this, and the decision lies with our security and box office team.
We do not support the resale of Farr Festival 2018 tickets. Unlawful resale of a ticket is grounds for seizure or cancellation of that ticket without refund or other compensation.
Bear in mind that e-tickets can be duplicated, the purchase of second hand tickets is strongly discouraged. We will not be held responsible for any issues on the door if the primary ticket holder is not present.
Your safety is our utmost concern. Our priority is, and always will be, making people safe at Farr Festival. We are in constant consultation with the local police force, council and our own internal counter terror experts as we carry on with preparations for Farr Festival 2018.
We have taken on board feedback from last year and worked hard to iron out any kinks. The festival perimeter, arenas, backstage and offsite areas are all robustly controlled and managed by security experts.
All our security staff are fully trained and licensed to meet rigorous SIA (Security Industry Authority) standards and we ourselves are ACS accredited. We have uplifted the dedicated and friendly SIA team working the campsite security 24/7. They are there to help and are also watching for suspicious behaviour.
Upon arrival everyone will be processed by our security team before entry is granted to enter the site. Vehicle checks are mandatory for everyone.
Please bear in mind that all aerosol based products are not permitted on site. Banned items include; spray on antiperspirant, perfume, dry shampoo, spray on glitter, lighter gas, spray paint and strictly no nitrous oxide.
Other banned items include hammers, mallets, tools, knives including Leatherman / Swiss Army style tools, acid based cleaning products, marker pens and gas canisters.
If you have a query about what you can bring, please send us an email to double check.
CAMPING & ACCOMMODATION
Farr Festival is located in the heart of rural countryside, surrounded by cornfields, wild grass and woodlands. Our campsite is a 5-minute walk from the festival, so you can get away from the music and get some sleep. The campsite is situated on a grassy field, with great drainage if the rain starts to pour.
What type of tent should I bring?
We suggest that you bring a suitable sized tent, which is waterproof and robust enough to accommodate both yourself and your friends. Make sure you tie it securely down!
For those of you looking for the crème de la crème of camping, head over to the accommodation page and see what we have on offer.
Can I light a fire?
Fancy a home brew or griddling your own steak…? Sorry but no naked flames, fires or BBQ’s are allowed on site. We’ve got loads of food stalls for you to devour instead.
Can I bring aerosol based products?
Unfortunately all aerosol based products will be confiscated by security, this is standard practice. This means that perfume, dry shampoo, deodorant et al will be confiscated by security. As an alternative please bring roll-on deodorant.
Showers & Toilets
Luxury shower passes are available to buy via our ticket store, this will give you access to a changing area, hot showers, flushing toilets and a hair and makeup area. Please remember to bring a towel and your preferred shampoo, shower gel and whatever else you need use to scrub up. Porta loo style toilets are located throughout the festival main arena and campsite.
Can I bring my pet?
Sorry NO pets are allowed on site.
- General Admission entry through a separate entrance.
- Access to an extensive range of bars, food concessions in the main arena.
- Use of accessible toilets.
- Fold up chairs will be provided with priority for the customer with disabilities.
- A pass providing access to the above will be issued on entry, upon presentation of a ticket and proof of disability.
Personal Assistant Pass
- This pass is limited to one per paying customer and is provided free of charge at the time of booking event tickets.
- The pass is issued on entry to the festival, upon presenting the Personal Assistant Ticket.
- The Personal Assistant pass is interchangeable during the event, so if customers come in a group it can be swapped with other members of the party.
Blue Badge Parking
- Blue Badge Parking ticket is limited to one per paying customer, subject to availability.
- It is provided free of charge at the time of booking event tickets.
- The Blue Badge Parking ticket is valid with presentation of a blue badge, matching Photo ID and event ticket on arrival.
FOOD & DRINK
What type of food is available at the festival?
Vegetarian, meat, fish, smoothies, shakes, wraps, we’ve got you covered. Check out our ‘Food’ section to see what our food vendors have in stock to tempt and tantalise your taste buds.
Can I bring my own food and alcohol into the festival?
Only in the campsite – We allow 12 cans beer / lager / cider per person OR 6 cans of beer / lager / cider and 1 bottle of wine (decanted into plastic bottle) per person. Spirits are strictly prohibited.
You are not allowed to bring any alcohol into the main festival site. Bins are provided at the gates to dispose of any items. Also, no glass. Please decant drinks into a plastic bottle before arriving at the festival.
Will the food and drink be reasonably priced?
Yes. We make a special effort to keep our prices competitive with what you'd expect in London.
What time does the bar open?
Thursday: 14:00 - 24:00
Friday 10:00 - 04:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 04:00
Calling all traders, craftsmen, foodies, workshops, yoga collectives and circus performers. If you want to get involved with Farr Festival 2018, click HERE.
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
Farr Festival is located deep in arable countryside. All vehicles access the site via a bumpy farm track; leave the sports cars at home!
Can I park my car at Farr Festival?
Yes you can! Car parking is available at Farr Festival. All drivers must buy a car park pass, priced at £15 per vehicle, upon arrival. Motorbikes can park for £5.
Can I re-enter Farr Festival?
You can leave the festival and return, but you will have to buy another car park pass.
Can I bring my camper van?
Yes you can! We have 33 non-electrical 3m x 5m grass pitches available. A 3m gap must be preserved at all times between camper vans, to reduce the risk of fire spreading.
Buy campervan pass (TBA)
Each pitch includes space for a single vehicle and one of the following:
- Single awning
- Small trailer
The following facilities are/aren't available:
- No hook-ups for water, gas, electricity or chemical disposal.
- Portaloos available on-site.
- Water stations available on-site.
I’m a member of the press - who do I need to speak to?
If you’d like to attend Farr Festival to review or feature us, please email Damo Jones at Tandem PR.
How old do I have to be?
Strictly 18+. Please bring official proof of age to guarantee entry (driving license or passport).
Can I take or sell drugs?
Absolutely not! All illegal drugs are strictly banned at Farr Festival. This includes nitrous oxide aka laughing gas. If we suspect any unlawful usage or dealing of drugs at Farr Festival then our security staff will detain you and will pass you over to the local police force.
What should I wear?
Anything you want! If you need inspiration then why not have have a scroll through our Instagram channel.
Will cash machines be available on site?
ATM’s will be available across the festival site and you will be able to pay via card at our bars and some food outlets.
What happens if I fall ill?
We have fully qualified medics on site. However please remember to bring all medications with you.
What happens if I lose my things at Farr Festival?
All unclaimed items found at Farr Festival and our campsite will be delivered to the Farr Festival office.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org starting Monday 9th July 2017, with a description of what you've lost. If we can locate the item we will return the item to you. You will be required to pay for postage and packaging.
We will keep hold of lost items until Monday 23rd July 2017.