Our beloved Barn on the Farm Festival returned for its seventh year, once again taking it up a notch in terms of lineup quality.
Becoming somewhat of a hub for new music, an underdog to the new music festival veterans such as The Great Escape and Live At Leeds, but taking a much more laid-back, nonchalant approach to it, Barn On The Farm welcomed the likes of Sundara Karma, The Japanese House, The Amazons and more to its home away from homes.
‘Intimate Friday’ in the Barn was a perfect introduction to our weekend, with the likes of Prose and Isaac Gracie wooing the early festival goers into a blissful lull. Before The Amazons performed some truly stunning acoustic versions of their hits including ‘Junk Food Forever’ and ‘Black Magic’.
Saturday arrived, with it bringing a few thousand more people to join in the fun. Newcastle’s The Pale White kicked us into gear with an energetic set, taken up yet another gear by High Tyde’s set that followed over on the main stage.
Ten Tonnes charmed the socks off everyone at The Outdoor Stage, proving to be the perfect soundtrack to a very sunny afternoon. Ady Suleiman got everyone singing along over on the main stage, ready and raring to go for Outlya’s set and their standout performance of recent track ‘Heaven’.
Nina Nesbitt showed off her new alt-pop direction, before The Big Moon performed a rousing set full of personality and finesse whilst their brand-new fans, the ostriches, looked on lovingly. It was an action-packed day that was far from over, LANY stole the hearts of everyone at The Outdoor Stage, their first time headlining a stage before James Vincent McMorrow ended the day. However, it was Sundara Karma who proved to be our true headliners, working their way through their back catalogue of hits AKA their debut album, it’s completely evident that they are a headline act in the making.
Our friends Marsicans brought our Sunday to life, their chirpy melodies and infectious lyrics seeming to feed energy to the many hungover souls around the farm. Hey Charlie, fresh from their set at Hyde Park the previous day powered through their own hangovers to deliver some attitude-filled tracks that were worthy of a bigger crowd, whilst Liverpool’s own Clean Cut Kid pulled in an impressively large crowd for early on in the evening, blasting through the heartfelt tracks from their recent debut album with a charming spark about them.
Sunday brought with it some sadness, however, as Born Music Favorites’ Black Honey and Dagny clashed. Black Honey delivered their energetic, dramatic set over on The Outdoor Stage as Dagny provided all of the feel-good pop greatness to those over at The Wooden Barn, both respectively wowed however and perfectly raised spirits ready for the start of the end.
The Japanese House proved to be our very chilled Sunday headliners, working her way through an impressive set from the high stage of The Wooden Barn, ending with a heavenly rendition of ‘Face Like Thunder’ as the sun started to set over Barn on The Farm for yet another year.