Hop Farm Festival

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Hop Farm Music Festival
Hop Farm Festival 2011.jpg
GenreMixed, folk, indie
DatesFirst weekend of July
Location(s)Paddock Wood, Kent
Years active2008-2012, 2014-present
Founded byJohn Vincent Power / UK Events & Production / The Hop Farm

Hop Farm Music Festival is an annual music festival at The Hop Farm Country Park in Paddock Wood, Kent, England, first created by John Vincent Power of Festival Republic.[1] After its first year it was nominated at the UK Festival Awards with "Best New Festival".

It came about after a survey was conducted among festival fans with the general feeling revealed to be that they always felt the lowest in priority and importance. The survey resulted in the first Hop Farm Festival in 2008, as a 30,000 crowd capacity festival centered on folk and independent music, with a specific aim of a return to "back to basics" organisation with a no sponsorship, no branding, no VIP attitude. Children under twelve, since the festival's inception, have had free entry.[2] In May 2013 it was announced the sixth festival had been cancelled.[3] On 4–6 July 2014 the Hop Farm hosted an all-new Hop Farm Music Festival 2014 which featured headline artists including Brian Wilson, Ray Davies, James Blunt and Grace Jones. The 2015 Hop Farm Music Festival and future events run by The Hop Farm are no longer related to John Vincent Power. The 2015 line-up has been earmarked and the preparations are in place to build on the success of the 2014 festival.

Hop Farm 2008[edit]

The first ever Hop Farm Music Festival was just a one-day event on 6 July with only one stage. The day was headlined by Neil Young with Primal Scream, Guillemots, Supergrass, Laura Marling, Rufus Wainwright, My Morning Jacket and Everest also playing.[4]

Hop Farm 2009[edit]

The 2009 festival was scheduled for 3–5 July, a now 2 day festival with a capacity increased to 53,000 and an extra 2 stages introduced.[5] The main acts over the event period are shown below.

Day/Arena Main Stage Dance Tent Third Stage
Saturday 4 July
Sunday 5 July

2009 marked the first year of a celebrity football tournament at the festival participated by, among many others, some former Big Brother contestants.[6]

Hop Farm 2010[edit]

The 2010 festival was held on the weekend of 2–3 July over 3 stages and proved to a controversial year. Before the festival had even started people complained of misleading ticket sales. Originally marketed as once again, a one-day festival, tickets went on sale for a second date much later, one month to the event, to the surprise and annoyance of many who had already bought a ticket. The organisation of the festival has been subject to much criticism, this included the long queues, poor sound system and a water pressure malfunction.[7] It was during the late afternoon of Saturday, that the only water pump supplying the camp of 20,000 with water suffered a pressure malfunction and subsequently left the camp bereft of a water supply.

The main line-up for 2010 was as follows:

Day/Arena Main Stage Big Tent Bread and Roses Stage Comedy Stage
Friday 2 July
  • Suzy Bennet
  • Carly Smallman
  • Keith Platt
  • Christian Reilly
Saturday 3 July
  • East Park Reggae Collective
  • Empress
  • Billy Vincent

Others who performed through the event included Pete Doherty, The Magic Numbers, Imelda May, Damien Dempsey, Laura Marling, Foy Vance, Johnny Flynn and many others.[8]

The year also saw the introduction of a camp stage within the campsite, free for those who had bought weekend camping tickets, but only one day entrance ticket to the arena. Marcus Bonfanti and Robinson were among those who performed.

The years celebrity football tournament participants included the return of the former Big Brother contestants along with the cast of Waterloo Road, Mumford and Sons and Johnny Flynn among others.

Hop Farm 2011[edit]

Iggy Pop performing in 2011

The 2011 event returned during its normal two-day slot in the first weekend of July.[9][10] 6 weeks prior to the opening date of the festival, organisers announced an extra date to the festival to be headlined by Prince.[11] The addition of an extra date 3 months after the initial tickets were put on sale created much anger towards the festival for misleading ticket buyers yet again, after a similar incident the previous year.

Day/Arena Main Stage Big Tent Bread and Roses Stage Comedy Stage
Friday 1 July
Saturday 2 July
Sunday 3 July

2011 saw the return of the well received Camp Acoustic stage. Brother and Bones, Tankus the Henge, Never the Bride and Nathan Mercado, among others, all performed during the weekend.

Hop Farm 2012[edit]

Hop Farm Festival returned in 2012 during its usual date of the first weekend of July. Despite much time taken by the organisers to release the line up, which indeed led to speculation that it had actually been cancelled, the line up was released in March. The main line up can be seen below.

Day/Arena Main Stage Big Tent Bread and Roses Stage
Friday 29 June
Saturday 30 June
Sunday 1 July

2012 saw the return of the comedy stage where comedians such as Russell Kane, Stephen K Amos, Patrick Monahan, Ant Dewson and Jollyboat performed. As well as the welcomed return of the comedy stage was the Camp Acoustic where Jamie Abbott, Ilona and Marcus Bonfanti (amongst others) performed. Younger soloists like Mary Epworth also made their first appearance in 2012.[12] In addition to this was the introduction of two new locations for musicians to perform. Located adjacent the bars was the new Power's Bar Stage which played host to many independent artists over the three days, and there was also the new Busker's Boulevard, in which artists performed all along the main path between the campsite and the arena, to accompany the attendees and make the long walk shorter.[citation needed]


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  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 June 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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