Lounge On The Farm

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Lounge On The Farm Loungeonthefarm.jpg
GenreIndie rock, Dance, Popular Music
Location(s)Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent
Years active2006-present

Lounge On The Farm was a music festival held annually at Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent, which attracted thousands of visitors each year. Although there was a vast increase in the capacity of the event, as well as the amount and quality of the performing acts, organizers insisted that they kept the festival ‘non-conformist’,[1] promoting bands and produce from Kent. The festival was held for 9 consecutive years between 2006-2015, before the festival was ‘shelved’ due to the site it had been held at, Merton Farm, no longer being viable, and has yet to make a return.[2]


The first Lounge On The Farm festival, taking place on Saturday Sunday 15–16 July with three stages; the DJ tent, the acoustic tent, and the main stage, (now the Cow Shed). Around 80 acts performed.

Notable Acts


Second Lounge On The Farm festival, held over three days, with almost double the amount of acts as the last. The Acoustic Tent from WSSL, the Arabesque tent, the DJ tent was renamed the Hoedown, and the main stage renamed the Arabesque stage cover. New additions included the Sheep Dip, The Further Tent and The Festival Folly stage.

Notable Acts


The third Lounge On The Farm, with 7 stages over 3 days. 150 acts performed in total, attracting the biggest attendance of the festival yet, 4000.

Notable Acts


The 2009 Lounge On The Farm took place on 10–12 July. The Horrors and Edwyn Collins have been announced to headline the Cow Shed on Friday and Sunday respectively but, as of May, no Saturday headliner has been revealed. Additions this year include the Sunday night Rockaoke[3] where festival-goers will be able to grace the stage with a full backing band and The Meadow, a new area which aims to take festivals back to the era where festivals were all about being chilled out. The Meadow will include an open-air theatre and a petting zoo.

Notable acts


2010 was a stellar, sun-drenched three-day extravaganza for LOTF. A wonderfully eclectic line-up saw the likes of Martha Reeves, Example, Hercules & Love Affair and Toots and the Maytals rocked Merton Farm to its core, with a great further array of acts such as Slow Club, Tunng, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, These New Puritans & DJ Yoda, The Glimmers, Gold Panda, James Yuill, whilst our superb green credentials saw the Sustainability Award come our way once more!

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Merton Farm saw 10,000 revellers roll through its gates for the very first time, and the festival introduced a new Main Stage, whilst the Cow Shed became the Dance Arena. Acts such as The Streets, Ellie Goulding, Example, Katy B, Everything Everything, The Vaccines & Echo and the Bunnymen performed. Cast, Cornershop, La Shark, Syd Arthur, Spector and Graham Coxon also played the festival.

Notable acts


The festival is yet again planned for another year, on 6, 7 & 8 July 2012 at Merton Farm. Due to incidents that occurred during the 2011 festival (including removal of all Youth ticket holders from the Cow Shed while Netsky (musician) was playing, sparking outrage from hundreds of young people across social networking sites), the Festival organisers have restricted the sale of youth tickets, as detailed in their terms and conditions.[5]


  1. ^ "Interview with organizer". KM Online. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2008.
  2. ^ "Lounge on the Farm festival shelved for year". Kent Online. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  3. ^ Rockaoke - LOTF, LOTF News section 2009-05-23
  4. ^ "theDISH Roots Manuva to Headline LOTF". the-dish.co.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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