My Bloody Valentine, more for Hop Farm Music Festival 2013

Hop Farm Music Festival confirm their first acts for 2013

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Swindells - 25 March 2013

Hop Farm Music Festival will take place from 5-6 July at the traditional Hop Farm site in Paddock Wood, Kent and has a maximum capacity of 10,000, far smaller than the previous event in 2012.

The Horrors, Jimmy Cliff, The Cribs, Dinosaur Jr and Martha Wainwright have also been confirmed to play over the two day event in Kent.

Dry the River, First Aid Kit, Friends, Marcus Foster, The Staves, Edwyn Collins, The Presidents Of The United States of America and former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes have also all been announced for the festival.

Vince Power, Hop Farm founder, commented: “I am pleased to announce the sixth Hop Farm line up this year, which includes headliners My Bloody Valentine, exclusive to the Hop Farm Festival, off the back of their much awaited new album. Plus I’m excited to add international folk legend Rodriguez to the bill this year. Searching for Sugar Man, has just won an Academy Award and a BAFTA, so this is a very special year to welcome him to the Hop Farm. Last year has been tough for me, as it has been across the board for the festival market. I wanted to keep the festival going, but I’ve had to make changes for it to continue.”

Kent Festival Ltd, who owned Hop Farm Music Festivals, was part of Music Festivals plc, the publicly-traded company run by Vince Power that went into administration in September 2012 and was then dissolved in November. Power then started All Music Live Ltd which acquired the rights to stage FIB Benicassim and the Hop Farm event. A story earlier this month put the debt Kent Festivals Ltd owed at £4.6 million when they went into administration last year, including £46,000 to Suede and £100,000 for Peter Gabriel at the time of liquidation.

The festival in 2013 will feature its three stages – Main Stage, The Wild Wood and Oast House stages as well as the The Shindig stage in the Campsite. Buskers Boulevard is to return  as well new features The Campsite Choir, Marching Bands, Fun Fair and Children’s Area.

The festival will have a capacity of 10,000 this year allowing the organisers to remain committed to delivering a weekend of music whilst maintaining their No Sponsorship/Branding ethos.

Hop Farm Festival tickets will go on sale Monday 25th March at 9am. The festival will introduce a new family ticket, for two adults and two teenagers. Tickets are priced, subject to booking fee, as follows:

Weekend (no camping) £110
Weekend (Camping) £135
Family Weekend (no camping) £280
Family Weekend (camping) £340
Teenage Weekend (no Camping) £70
Teenage Weekend (camping) £95
Day Friday 5th £65
Day Saturday 6th £65
Family Day £195
Teenager Day £35
Weekend Campervan £70


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