Dubbed as one of the countries best small festivals, Blissfields 2014 certainly did not disappoint. It is intimate and relaxed, but still with a broad variety of activities and a lively festival atmosphere for those who want it.
Despite rain dampening most of the weekend, Blissfields was still a vibrant, dynamic and inviting festival, showcasing some incredible new musicians (Famy, BiPolar Sunshine) alongside the acclaimed headliners (2manyDJs).
Aside from the great performers on the main stage, Blissfields was also packed with lots of additional activities to enjoy. As a festival popular with families, there was a real focus on children’s activities from face paints to film clubs. At the other end of the spectrum there is the “Hidden Hedge” that comes alive with UV lights, circus acts and heavy baselines until the early hours of the morning. The film tent was a particular favourite during the day, giving us the opportunity to take some shelter from the rain (and the gin) to enjoy some specially selected documentaries, comfortable sofas and a delicious chai from one of the many food stalls.
The food at Blissfields is some of the best, with a huge offering and at surprisingly reasonable prices for a festival (this is something that can be said for the booze at Blissfields too, with lager at £3 and cocktails at £5).
The headline, 2manyDJs were as great as expected and the sound and lighting of Blissfields’ main stage did this powerful act justice.
If you are looking for a relaxed festival, with a genuine ccommunity feel, then head to Blissfields next year. The variety of people, music, food and activities means that there really is something there for everyone.