Hope for Hop Farm

by Miles Hardman

The Hop Farm music festival, situated in Kent (nearly) every July was, as you may be aware, cancelled this year due to the event going into administration and the 2012 headliners reportedly not receiving full payment for their services.

There’s a lot of talk flying around the Hop Farm camp recently, though both organiser Vince Power (also of Benicàssim) and head of marketing, Miguel Fenton, have gone further than dispelling rumours that the festival won’t be returning in 2014 by giving details on what its new look might be.

Renowned for its ‘organic’ approach to music event hosting (meaning no branding and a recurring line-up of more obscure performers), Hop Farm’s 2014 reincarnation is said to take on a more “boutique” feel, perhaps like Benicàssim’s concentration on “glamping”, and will even have a new promoter.

The good news doesn’t stop there, either; the date for the weekend has already been penned in as the 4th-6th July 2014, though the number of punters it will cater for is a rather meagre 20,000. Whether this information is tentative or finalised will be revealed soon enough, but the details come straight from the top of the organising committee.

Past acts have included Patti Smith, Kool & the Gang and Brandon Flowers, as well as headliners as respected as Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Prince and the Eagles. If you’re looking for a cheap alternative to the major UK festivals then keep your eyes peeled for more info on Hop Farm 2014. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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