Barn On The Farm turns ten this year, and it’s long since sold out. Those lucky enough to have bagged themselves a ticket for a weekend at Gloucestershire’s Over Farm can look forward to a line-up stacked with current and future favourites.
Friendly and intimate, Barn on the Farm has established itself over the past decade as a festival which excels in booking acts destined for success before everyone else. A scroll through their past line-ups reveals a vast list of artists who have gone onto top the bill at large events across the country. Ben Howard, Bastille, James Bay, Bear’s Den, Tom Odell, Rag N Bone Man, Ed Sheeran, Jack Garratt, Pale Waves, Tom Grennan, Hozier and Catfish & the Bottlemen have all appeared on their way to the megadomes. BOTF specialise in this brand of acoustic, folk and indie-pop music, and know exactly what they are doing within that sphere.
Who should you be looking out for this year? London-based singer, Grace Carter, has already supported Rag N Bone Man and Dua Lipa. Her 2018 EP, Why Her Not Me, received great reviews and she’s been working on a debut album which is sure to do big things.
Easy Life’s mix of indie and hip hop has been generating Radio 1 support, enigmatic indie pop singer The Japanese House is endorsed by The 1975, Sea Girls packed out Reading Festival’s Festival Republic tent last year and soulful Samm Henshaw has already supported Chance the Rapper and BOTF alumnus, James Bay. If you like your indie overflowing with melody, then check out Marsicans, Vistas, Anteros and Whenyoung. For more electronic vibes, don’t miss Millie Turner or Emily Burns.
It’s not just about the rising acts, though. Lewis Capaldi is one of the most popular artists in the UK right now, with his debut album recently number one and it having gone gold in less than weeks. He is playing a special set at Barn on the Farm to celebrate the festival’s sold out 10th anniversary. Where he’s just sold out an arena tour for next year (including two gigantic shows at Wembley), this may prove to be one of the last chances for audiences to catch him in such an intimate space.
Sam Fender won the BRIT Award for Critics’ Choice this year and he’ll be headlining the Saturday night before embarking on another run of sold out shows. US singer-songwriter, Maggie Rogers, who shot to fame following that viral video of Pharrell Williams listening to her incredible track Alaska, is going to be headlining the Sunday night. Her alt-pop album, Heard It In a Past Life, went straight to number two on the US Billboard chart earlier this year. Also no strangers to chart success, the likes of Jade Bird, Maverick Sabre, Gabrielle Aplin, Nina Nesbitt, Swim Deep and Zak Abel will all be playing the festival this year.
Where first-rate music lies at the heart of the event, there’s also great local food and drink, extra intimate spaces, a bunch of ostriches (it is a farm after all!) and of course plenty of relaxed, music-loving punters. If you’re one of the extra lucky early arrivals, then expect even more entertainment, including a special secret headliner.
Prepare to fall in love with your new favourite act.
Listen to Maggie Rogers’ ‘Light On’ here: