Barn on the Farm preview
We've not been to Barn on the Farm (BOTF) before, even though it's been a festival that's intrigued us for a few years. It's pop focus and mix of mainly new acts gives its line-up a fresh look. Well this year we're going, it's the tenth anniversary so feels like we're a bit late to the party, but hey, we like to think fashionably late. Whilst the festival runs from Thursday 4th July we're looking at who to see over the weekend.
If talented brooding blokes are your game then last minute headliner, and BOTF fave, Dermot Kennedy (Sam Fender dropped out last weekend due to vocal problems) leads a strong field including Maverick Sabre, whose recent When I Wake Up is a smooth delight, dance-popper Zak Abel and Benjamin Leftwich Francis. Comeback kids Swim Deep, will likely be dropping some new music from their third album, due in the Autumn.
If that's all starting to feel a bit testosterone heavy, but with you know, feelings, then don't worry The Japanese House is topping the Wooden Barn Stage and heading up some great female acts. TDF fave Emily Burns is playing the same stage earlier in the day in the first annoying clash, with L Devine, whose Peer Pressure EP lit up the end of 2018. Lauren Aquilina reversed her 2016 decision to leave the business in October 2018 and is slowly releasing new music, so we're hoping to get chance to hear more from the talented singer-songwriter on the farm.
Two more talented singers and songwriters, Gabrielle Aplin and another longtime TDF favourite Nina Nesbitt, are the final two female artists on the Main and Outdoor Stages respectively. Aplin's heading toward a new album release sometime this year (our guess), while Nesbitt will be filling her set with songs from the fantastic The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change.
The final day of the festival is really all about Lewis Capaldi and he's not even headlining. His star has been on the rise in 2019, especially with 'Someone You Loved' dominating airwaves after hitting number one, and his debut album also reaching the top. Add to that the less interesting of the Gallagher brothers (that'd be Noel) giving the Scottish singer an unwitting lift in profile, and last weekend's winning Glastonbury performance, it really the year couldn't have gone any better so far.
We were looking forward to Jade Bird as well, but she's ill so won't be there. Maggie Rogers will though, headlining the Main Stage. Following her cracking EP from 2018 her full length debut showed the full range of her talent. Keep an ear out for Pharrell tear-jerker 'Alaska' in particular.
Bringing her terrific voice to the Main Stage, Grace Carter is another not to miss, while earlier on Sunday Maisie Peters on trend pop is perfect for a sunny weekend afternoon. In the same vein but a little more ascerbic is Lily Moore who releases her new single, 'Over You' this weekend.