LOTF 2013: 1st Line-up annnouncement revealed!

Mar 7 2013

The sun has got his hat on, the March hare is out and whispers are afoot in LOTF HQ. Long forgotten are the sodden days of 2012 – 2013 brings us back, full circle to our roots, last seen in the fabled year of 2010. Dates may be different but it is a new beginning that LOTF regulars will recognise like an old friend…

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We’re delighted to have finally nailed Seasick Steve

The 8th instalment(if you can believe it) of Lounge on the Farm promises to be even more deliciously scrumptious than ever before and heading it up will be the utterly diverse yet jaw dropping legends Seasick Steve, supported by Lucy Rose, Soul II Soul with full band and Caron Wheeler flying in from the states especially for us. Lounge on the Farm’s very own ‘house band’, The Dub Pistols, are back and so is one of the UK’s top reggae bands Aswad, giving Soul II Soul a warm up guaranteed to have feet stomping and ready to get funky…

Living legends Soul ii Soul will be making a rare festival appearance at Merton Farm this Summer!

So, we’ve let you in on the secrets of two of our days on the Main Stage, but we are keeping the best for the next chapter and for now, mum’s the word…

The FarmFolk is playing host to the harmonious sounds of Simone Felice, Treetop Flyers and Marika Hackman, the House super-brand Connected make the trip down south to the Farm for 2013. Their Saturday night do features American super-producer MK and young upstarts No Artificial Colours.

Meanwhile, Saarf London partystarters Get Low make their third appearance on Merton Farm, bringing everyone’s favourite rave pensioner David Rodigan and The Heatwave, who will be bringing their Hot Wuk carnival back to Lounge for a second year as they play alongside Get Low Cartel, Ed Word, D-Rail and loads more acts still to be announced.

Papa Rodigan on the Farm in 2012

Sunday sees a very rare appearance from three pioneers of dance music and utter living legends. We present 25 years of Acid House featuring Bobby Langley & Jon Dasilva (Hacienda) and godfather of House, Marshall, Jefferson, plus our very own residents ComfyPorn DJs.

On The Farmhouse stage we’ll have the best of bands and DJs – first announcements include DJ Format, DJ Alfredo (Cafe del Mar) and band Police Dog Hogan, made famous by member and columnist Tim Dowling of the Guardian.

Of course, Lounge has always been about more than just the music and we really are more than just a music festival. The music is out there, tip top, eclectic, electric and quirky, but you don’t have to spend all your time dancing in a field. It’s everything else that makes Lounge so special, somewhere you can escape to and blow your mind on the magical mayhem that is all around.

LOTF’s most comfy and kooky hang out, The Playhouse, will once again welcome the weird, the wonderful, the surreal and the downright absurd. From sunrise until the early hours, revellers will find themselves immersed in our unique brand of high octane, left field entertainment. Expect to see side splitting stand-up and sketch from the cream of UK and international comedy circuit, performance rich variety, circus and burlesque with a contemporary attitude and ground breaking Spoken Word, alongside wild, dark and heartfelt music from the best loved musicians of the cabaret scene.


All this hosted by The Boom Bang Club, with comedy from TV favourites Stephen K Amos and Tony Law, and late night soiree from Patty Plinko and Tankus the Henge. We’re also proud to announce Roots Manuva and Rob da Bank favourite, Kate Tempest, to head up the Spoken Word curated by Tongue Fu, one of London’s liveliest spoken word nights. It’s poetry, but not as you know it…

Our award winning kids area is beefed up for 2013 aswell, with The Science Museum, Shlomo Beatbox Adventure, Chatback Kids Comedy Club, NCT Sensory Room, Bushcraft and headliner to be announced in the next chapter!

 Lounge on the Farm is a Kentish kitchen with its no gimmick, no frills approach to food and quality. We were the first in the festival world to put food in the limelight with the music, and although many have tried to imitate since, we are still the best festival for foodies. This is grass-roots and personal cooking of an exceptional standard.

We are proud to be championing seasonal, local produce and low food miles. Expect lovingly crafted and carefully refined recipes demonstrated by a host of critically acclaimed chefs in our Kitchen Theatre; unique and personal dining experiences around the site, rather than dodgy festival food stalls; cheese and wine matching; cocktail mixology master classes and family workshops.

With the site revamped and redressed, expect to get a little lost in its newly discovered nooks and crannies, all the better for escaping into. We’ve got a Victorian funfair in association with The Dreamland Trust; a Spa and Create area in Amongst The Orchards, where you can have a Swedish massage or learn a new skill depending on your mood; and secret restaurants far from the madding crowd. Last year’s big hitter, the Roller Disco, is back; Lounge favourite The Groovy Movie Solar Cinema; Auntie Nora’s Jumble Sale; Vintage Market; and much, much more besides.

Phew! Remember, this is only the 1st announcement. We’ll be putting together another few bumper lineup announcements, packed with artists, features, food and drink and all the rest of the fun on the farm for 2013…Bring on July!

Grab your 2nd tier price tickets here before they go!

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