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Many small festivals have come and gone over the last decade but Somerset shindig Farmfest has gone from strength to strength since the inaugural 2006 edition, which took place with a few hundred friendly revellers in a field not far from Michael Eavis’ Worthy Farm. Since relocated to Gilcombe Farm near Bruton, but still without any corporate sponsorship, this year sees the event celebrating its tenth birthday on 31st July-1st August and the organisers plan to do it in fine style.

The first wave of acts announced include Warp veterans Nightmares On Wax, jazz-turned-electro trio Portico, Domino Records up-and-comers All We Are, and Thai favourites of Damon Albarn and Giles Peterson, The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band. Then there’s the likes of dubstep duo Sherwood & Pinch (who we saw storm the Barbican supporting Squarepusher last week), Bristol bassmeister Phaeleh, sultry septet Submotion Orchestra, and genre-smashing psychedelic lunatics Zun Zun Egui.

If that wasn’t enough, the organisers have also selected some appropriately farm-friendly names to help set the scene. Trip-hop legends Lamb will be gambolling their way towards a headline slot following last year’s excellent comeback album Backspace Unwind, while Monitors faves Stealing Sheep will hopefully put their flock-rustling to one side in order to showcase tunes from their new album Not Real. Still got room for more? Well then how about heading down to the hen-house and enjoying surreal, sardonic twosome The Lovely Eggs? Smashing.

With more acts to be announced and an array of locally-sourced organic food and booze to fuel your fun in the beautiful Somerset sunshine, it’s set to be an amazing weekend that won’t hurt your pocket; indeed, The Sunday Times has called Farmfest “The Bargain of the Festival Season”.

However, you can make it even more bargainous by winning a pair of tickets to the whole shebang thanks to The Monitors! Simply like ‘n’ share this Facebook post, retweet this tweet, or email us (info AT with the subject line FARMFEST and we’ll announce the winners at the end of May. Entrants must be 18 or over.

Until then, get into the swing of things by downloading this exclusive free mix, celebrating a decade of British D.I.Y. music culture. Oo aar….

Kier Wiater Carnihan

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