Lounge on the Farm is a huge success

PUBLISHED: 15:56 07 August 2014

Lounge on the Farm.

Lounge on the Farm.


After a great deal of hard work and planning, Lounge on the Farm returned to Merton Farm for the ninth year.

The SubwaysThe Subways

The festival was scaled down to one day instead of its usual three, and revellers were able to enjoy poetry reading, face painting and juggling on August 2.

There were beer tents and a diverse selection of food ranging from curries to venison burgers served with duck eggs for people to enjoy.

The day marked the swan song of the festival being held at this location, with the family friendly event relocating next year.

Founder of Lounge on the Farm, Sean Baker, is so far remaining tight lipped about where this new location will be.

“We do have some big news coming very soon. Right now though, all we can confirm is that there will definitely be a Lounge on the Farm 2015 and it will be back to a three day event. Watch this space,” he said.

A huge number of excited festival goers from across Kent enjoyed the day, which aside from a few minor troubles, was a huge success.

Sean said: “After eight months of hard work and planning, our big one-day event was exactly what we wanted – a great way to say goodbye to Merton Farm.

“We’ve had so much great feedback about the bands and other performers. Fun Lovin’ Criminals were electric and surprised any of their doubters. DJ Yoda and the Trans Siberian March Band were a particularly well-received act. The Pajama Men had everyone in The Playhouse in hysterics and Ben and Holly kept the younger Loungers smiling.

“The general response seems to be that this was a classic Lounge on the Farm. We pride ourselves on creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere and we think we completely nailed it. Some of our most regular attendees have said this was a return to the intimate feeling of old Lounges.

“There were a few hiccups early. In particular we were forced to open the gates to the public an hour later than planned. To those people who came down at 9am we apologise. Due to the storms the previous nights, we were late getting the site completely prepared. We have extremely high standards of quality and health and safety and we’re unwilling to open those gates until we’re convinced we have the best festival experience. We of course would not keep anyone waiting unless it was absolutely necessary or in the best interests of the attendees.”

Luckily the sun continued to shine brightly as people enjoyed performances from bands including The Subways, Peter Hook and the Light and the Dub Pistols.

The Subways took to their Twitter page after their set to say how much they enjoyed the performance, writing: “That was so much fun!! Thank you, Lounge on the Farm!”.

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