The eccentric The Hop Farm Music Festival lasts three days and during that time it offers its visitors a whole adventure of music acts also integrating several activities created to bring entertainment and joy. There no one is left out.
Folk, indie and other mixed genres are all part of The Hop Farm Music Festival. The event, founded in 2008 by John Vincent Power in collaboration with UK Events & Production as well as The Hop Farm, is located in Paddock Wood, Kent.
Immediately after its inaugural year, 2008, The Hop Farm was nominated Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards. Even though it wasn’t looking for stardom, the small gathering had recognition written in the stars. At the time the one-day event was headlined by master Neil Young, along with instigating names such as Primal Scream, Supergrass and Rufus Wainwright.
Festivals fans responded a survey that displayed dissatisfaction due to the feeling that the individuals’ tastes weren’t the highest standard among the festival organisations’ priorities. Those results led to the foundation of Hop Farm Festival. So, the Kent’s three-day happening had its inception based on popular demand, mostly people who felt neglected by the music business. Power to the people! More alternative genres, folk and independent styles, were instantaneously put first by the Hop team.
No sponsors, no brands, no VIP, no rules. Hop Farm Festival was something else. The dreamers say that to fly you only require a good mask and a cape. Soon the event found an image and the means to fill its needs and ambitions. In addition to the main two stages, The Hop has created: The Jazz & Blues Lounge, the Comedy Tent, the Silent Disco, the Unsigned Stage, the Kidz Zone, the Bandstands, a Vintage Fairground and the Circus Performers.
By the variety of its spaces, we can tell that the Hop Farm is the place to be for everyone. Nobody feels put aside. Along with the strikingly beautiful scenery where it is held, this weekend hosts music, didactic and artistic activities for every festival-goer.
About this year’s edition The Telegraph emphasized “a solid gold Brian Wilson and a captivating Caro Emerald”. The publication has also reminded that the event’s management has been through rough times but now has a new guidance, and with it, a new vision of the future that seems to be just right – the epitome of Hop Farm’s establishment. In spite of its smaller capacity, the festival now has regained its marginal charm, conferred by its ideals, programme and of course to the creation of more secondary stages dedicated to the good old “quirky acts such as Seventies hippy punks Pink Fairies and prog jazz-rockers Soft Machine Legacy.”