An intimate weekend of partying in Exmoor National Park with stunning sea views as its backdrop, Samphire Festival is back this July with another packed roster of eclectic music and art, activities and workshops catered for all ages, great food and local beer, cider and ale. Everything we’ve come to expect from a small boutique festival like this, yes? You’d be unwise, however, to pool Samphire in with the many other new, boutique festivals popping up around the country, after a highly successful debut – winning Best Small Festival (NEAO Awards 2016) in its first year.  

Created to bring art and fun people together on the beautiful Devonshire coast, festival organisers Flora Blathwayt and Josh Beauchamp created the fastest ever successfully funded festival on CrowdfunderUK, before going on to win the best smallest festival award at the National Outdoor Events Association awards, with the judges commenting: ‘this event was crowd funded and held for the first time this year; it really understood its market.’

Samphire Festival 2017

The festival relies entirely on crowdfunding, with no external investors propping up the festival in the crucial first few years. The Blathwayt and Beauchamp dream team have smashed their target of £12,000, successfully raising £20,419 as of 12 April, which puts them in a great position for recreating last year’s success and extablishing a community culture surrounding the event.

Miss Blathwayt said: ‘Festivals in the UK take about three or four years to break even and Samphire is no exception. This is why we are launching a new crowdfunding campaign like last year to help cover the early costs and enable us to do it again.’

Samphire Festival 2017

Other than buying a ticket, you can support the festival with a set pledge of £5 up to £2,000, with rewards for each one increasing in value. A £10 pledge will get a laminated photo of your mug on one of the toilets around the festival, and if your face matches the loo, you get to jump the queue. A higher pledge will include some additional perks like free cocktails and weekend residence in the boutique camping area. There are also many pledges around the same price of a ticket but with additional extras like entry into the crowdfunding prize draw and the chance to win Luxury VIP package for two – Super Luxury Bell Tent, a bottle of bubbly, dinner and free parking.

 

‘The three day knees-up is an eclectic musical affair with everything from jazz to acid house’ – Flora Blathwayt

 

Although the festival likes to focus on new and exciting music, there are a few names on the roster that may catch your eye… Crazy P will headline the first night, oozing cool with deep electronic throbs and no doubt a show stopping performance from front woman Danielle Moore, who always seems most at home playing to a festival crowd.

Samphire Festival Crazy P 2017

The second day will be headlined by electronic duo The Correspondents, who’s hi-octane genre-blending dance music has given them a reputation as one of the best live acts in the UK (according to the Telegraph’s top 10 Highlights of Glastonbury in two consecutive years).

In a rare festival booking the underground Bristol collective Young Echo –whose members include Kahn and Neek – will take over one of the stages.

In a rare festival booking the underground Bristol collective Young Echo –whose members include Kahn and Neek – will take over one of the stages.

Shapes will also be hosting a stage with Felix Dickinson, and continuing the strong West Country influence, Ishmael Ensemble, Elder Island and Cousin Kula will perform on the main stage.

Other live acts include The Resonators, the Epic Soul Jack Tyson Charles, exotic psychedelia group Flamingods, The Langan Band, and synth pop duo Ardyn.

The festival takes place 7 – 9 July, Porlock, Exmoor National Park. For more information and the full lineup, visit the website.