Blissfields Festival 2017, Woodmancott Thursday 6th July 2017 - Saturday 8th July 2017 tickets:
Blissfields it's all about love. Love for new talent, love for the artists that have flourished and' done good' from humble beginnings, love for those people that helped you along the way and love for the crowd. Definitely that. All in all, they know how to throw a party.
It may be a small festival, but it has a lot of character and good music. A great mix of bands and artists, some big names and stars of the future, perfect weather, a great site, fantastic food, reasonably priced beer and just the right atmosphere.
Disabled Access Information
INFORMATION FOR DISABLED ATTENDEES
Blissfields have disabled toilets and parking, so access is easier. All stewards are trained to help you to the front of any queues and with any issues. The campsite has a firm flat surface with close cut grass, there is a small slope on the site. The whole site is easily accessed and the campsite is no more than 300m from any of the stages. Due to the size of the event they do not have viewing platforms or disabled areas for the stages. However, once again stewards will help you find the best place for your viewing pleasure. Blissfields like disabled attendees to have a personal experience so please contact us if you’d like to know more firstname.lastname@example.org
Their inaugral year, and a one dayer held on 1st September. Great weather, but it?s chilly at night that time of year! One hand made stage, lots of fairy lights, the sound system collected from the hirers that morning and a festival was born! No fences, no tickets, no stalls, just friends having a great party in a field.Tractor rides and bonfires of course. The moon that night, huge, just floating behind the crowd. Perfect.
Once again held at the end of the summer and for one day on Saturday 31st August. Also graced by good weather and the usually amazing Blissfields sunset. The lineup was more band orientated this year but the first inkling of Friday night acoustic performances started with a great campfire singalong for those who arrived early. Once again no fences or tickets but the first year they had a website. The stage had improved, with a donated marquee for the cover and staging that was borrowed from Top of the Pops! Wonderful volunteers from friends at the BBC put a professional touch to the lighting and provided great sound to the crowd of about 200.
With the Friday night campfire already an established part of the party the organisers found that people were arriving early to take part, not just the crew having a few songs anymore. This was the first Blissfields to use their green stage, formed from sleepers and earth it meant the bands could play with grass between their toes! Held on Saturday 30th Aug and once more great weather!
Still no tickets issued and unbelievably run without a licence or council getting involved, how times have changed! The tractor rides dominate many people?s decision to return, a great feature of the festival whilst at Bradley. One unplanned for event this year was an over run seeing the last band coming off stage at 1.30am, rather than the planned for 12 midnight. Once again numbers had swelled to about 400.
A move to June 19th for this year, maybe due to this and a poor weather reports the numbers were not particularly up on 2003, however the weather held off and they had a great time with a brilliant lineup. This was the first year that Blissfields had a few stalls and a rudimentary ticketing system. It was also the last totally free festival, with even campers being only asked for a donation. It was good to see the fire being put to good use late into the night with general jamming and socialising. This was the last year that they had this as from now on the festival would be licensed and legal. This was memorable as the first ever festival played by the full lineup of Subgiant (who Blissfields like to think of as thier house band) although since then they have gone on to play most festivals you can think of.
A calender move again to the now traditional first full weekend in July and a big change in the attendance with 700 turning up, due mainly to Blissfields booking the highly regarded Mystery Jets who increased their national profile considerably. They also booked and even released an EP for the great Red Eye Banquet, it was a weekend when the campsite had a great vibe with the different sets of fans mixing easily with the traditionally more local regulars. The campsite has always been a special place at Blissfields with the most laid back and friendly vibe you can find at a festival. Regular friends were now returning year after year, Skuba and Chris T-T to name two. Friday evening even had some organisation with a great open mic session, a sign of things to come. Weather: warm and dry and another great sunset! They also managed to raise ?2,500 their highest amount yet. All by simply charging for camping and the music was still free. Licensed and legal also meant they had stewards for the first time! Things were changing!
News had definitely got out about the festival, the campsite was bulging and Blissfields had reached its capacity. This is the year they look back on as the first ?proper? festival! Tickets were issued and unfortunately it was the first time they charged all attendees camping or not. The great Mystery Jets arrived back again with a growing band of followers. All the bands were still playing for themm for free which meant once again they made ?2000 for the local school and their new found adopted charity Practical Action. This was also the first year that Blissfields billed an acoustic Friday night and started a tradition of booking an older established act to headline that day. In 2006 it was Jim Bob from Carter USM who closed the night although the open mic went on a lot longer into the night. Paul was nearly lynched on stage when he had to pull the plug on Subgiant rounding off the festival, due to an over run and council officials being present. Apart from that hugely frustrating moment the festival was their best yet. Vibrant, packed and a brilliant line up.
Not wanting to sit back and give the same experience as 2006 they organised a second stage hosted by The Stage Bus, a wonderful edition for the open mic on the Friday night and with full bands throughout the Saturday. Talk about luck with the weather, when most other festivals were washed out in 2007 they had unbroken sunshine for the whole weekend, although it was a close call with some campervans having difficulty on the soggy ground! Set up and de-rig were a wet experience, made bearable by the great vibe the weekend produced, the ?best one yet? was the comment from almost everyone! A great lineup culminating in a brilliant set by Subgiant, making up for the 2006 disappointment of not playing. Who would have known that Scouting for Girls would go on to dominate the airwaves as they have since playing B7, surely the biggest current act they have had appear at Blissfields???so far! However as always the crowd were the biggest event of the weekend fun, exciting, friendly and helpful, it is the crowd who ultimately make it worthwhile. Who can forget the mad improvised dance tent in The Lounge, 150 people going long into the night. Music being supplied by an ipod & tiny tinny speakers hardly audible over the noise, that's Blissfields for you! To top it all off they won Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards!
Like the sixties Blissfields can promise you that if you remember it you certainly weren't there!
Wow what a return back to the farm after a year out! Blistering weather, the first appearance of The Hidden Hedge for the late night brigade and frankly the most amazing lineup Blissfields can imagine. Not only do they manage to book the legendary Super Furry Animals but also the 'just appearing on the scene' Mumford and Sons, and Laura Marling. An inspirational booking which sees them sell out in record time and have a real buzz and excitement at the event. Wow again!
Establishing themselves firmly as the festival where it doesn't rain 2010 was again amazing weather and fantastic acts. As it was their 10th year they were in a mood to party and had a Decades theme for the fancy dress. Everything from Cavemen to Spacemen attended. A stand out headline with Stereo MCs was a memorable end to the Saturday night and with a fully connected and flowing site for the first time the festival throbbed with fun and excitement. With The Coalescence Collective taking over the running of the Hidden Hedge it became a major focal point of the festival for late night partying. With DJs in attendance on the Bubble Bus as well dance had fully arrived at Blissfields! Little did they know at the time it was going to be the last weekend they held it in Bradley and the event organisers feel that they did the farm and village proud!
Blissfields first year at their new site and everyone felt at home straight away. The beautiful parkland is the perfect home for Blissfields and they immediately got down to the serious job of having a party. The theme of ?Out of this World? was eagerly taken up by so many attending that it was sometimes hard to remember what planet we were on!
Theme: School Of Blissfields
Headliners: Noisettes & Patrick Wolf
Theme: The Director?s Cut
Headliners: Bastille & Mystery Jets
Theme: Walk On The Wild Side
Headliners: 2manydjs & Sleigh Bells
Theme: Somewhere In Time
Headliners: The Horrors, Simian Mobile Disco & John Grant
Theme: House Party
Headliners: Dizzee Rascal & Everything Everything