Nestled quite perfectly amongst the rolling landscapes of the picturesque Kent countryside, Lounge on The Farm festival returns for 2011 with a piggin prime line-up.
With five environmentally friendly constructed stages dotted around farm fields and listed agricultural buildings, this boutique festival is the rural event for music lovers who like luxury. Founded after a chance meeting between a young entrepreneur and a farmer, the two music enthusiasts dreamt up a unique three day event which they scribbled on the back of a cigarette packet and never really imagined it would happen. Now celebrating its 5th birthday Lounge on the Farm is flourishing, this year fronting a line-up of the most in-demand artists of the moment. Katy B, Jamie Woon, The Streets, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Summer Camp, Marcus Foster and Jagga will all be making their merry way down and setting up camp to soak up the summer sun. i-D Online went down to the farm to find out how the livestock were preparing for the exciting weekend and then caught up with John and Ryan of line-up band Dananananaykroyd to chat chickens and tunes.
How did you become involved with Lounge on the Farm?
J: I like any little festival, especially one whose name implies there might be animals to play with.
R: My love of bacon
What are some of your most treasured festival memories?
J: Once our van broke down on the way to Eurokeenes in France so we were late for our set by seven hours and ended up playing before Diplo on what had become a dance stage
R: Playing Pohoda festival and meeting the blind boys of Alabama.
What was the first festival you ever played?
J: With my high school jazz band at a festival in the courtyard of a catholic priesthood monastery. It was very windy.
Tell me about your new material?
J: It’s a bit of a loose cannon, it’s the musical equivalent to that guy at a party who’s always really nice to you but keeps reminding you he can beat you up at a moment’s notice.
R: The album sounds like the noise David Icke makes when he sees a lizard.
What have you been listening to recently?
J: In the past few days: Mark E’s album, Gwen Stefani, Cornershop, Vanity 6, Korn’s latest album and Severed Heads.
R: Yo la tengo, Frank Sinatra and Coheed and Cambria.
What are your top 5 favourite farm animals and why?
1. Ducks – they’re surprisingly strong.
2. Piggie babies – Delicious.
3. Sheep dog babies – Clever and busy.
4. Cow babies – Uncaring.
5. Lamb babies – Unassuming.
Check out Danananananakaroyds new album There is a Way is out June 13th on Pizza College
Click, play and do the truffle shuffle to this exclusive Lounge On The Farm playlist.
Video track provided by When Saints Go Machine entitled Kelly