Spring is officially here, and the UK festival season is slowly crawling out of hibernation, with the help of Farmfest, making its Bristol debut with this one-off warm up party at the Marble Factory, which hoped to tickle our taste buds in preparation for July’s festival.
The venue got a makeover with Farmfest-style bunting, foliage-clad low beams and a lantern-lit courtyard, giving the whole place a nice festival vibe.
The Farmfest organisers ‘handpicked three of their favourite acts from the last three years’ of the festival, who were housed in the main room.
First up was a three-piece live performance from Romare, bringing his new live show to Bristol for the first time, with live bass from Romare, plus keys, conga, bass and saxophone meeting his cool productions. They warmed up the crowd with their afro-inspired beats with tunes like The Blues (It Began In Africa) and Who Loves You, where the live bass really came into its own.
Headliner Nightmares on Wax took the midnight slot, where it seemed the crowd was at peak party mode. They played some recognisable classics dotted within an otherwise disco-fuelled set, and were joined midway through by surprise guest Daddy G, who really got the crowd going.
By the array of glittered faces and familiar Farmfest staples, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were back on the lycra-filled Soul Train stage, or throwing some shapes in The Kitchen, with Farmfest’s aptly named co-conspirators, Shapes.
The last of the headliners was everyone’s favourite boiler room host Bradley Zero, although shortly After NOW’s set ended, it was the Marble Factory’s ‘top secret’ loft party where we found ourselves. With festival-esque entertainment all night long courtesy of Bristol’s Shapes, LateNightTales DJs, Bodywork, Dropout Disco, and Farmfest’s very own resident DJs, Beechfields.
The night proved to be a great little taster of what the festival has to offer for those who haven’t been to the previous events, and for the purists, it was a nice little reminder for what’s in store this year.
Although they can’t replicate the magic that dancing in a field all weekend brings they offered something very charming and ultimately, very Farmfest.
Thanks for a great night Farmfest, and we’ll see you in July.
For tickets and information about Farmfest 2017, visit the website