Operating now for 15 years, this annualmusicfestival held in Winchester, Hampshire, was founded at Bradley Farm by Paul and Mel Bliss in 2001, moving to Vicarage Farm in 2011. Since the move to this larger site in Woodmancott, Blissfields has expanded and grown in to a much sort after event.
With over five music stages and over 100 acts to see, the line-up for 2017 sees it sticking to its roots of promoting new up and coming music. With sets from the likes of The Cinematic Orchestra, Metronomy, Sundra Karma, The Japanese House,Pumarosa, Dub Pistols, Beans on Toast plus many more, this makes for a great weekend and the chance to hear original sounds, while discovering new favourites along the way. For those taking the early option and arriving on Thursday, DJ Yoda presents ‘Stranger Things’ mixtape in the Larch tent, and you’ll also get the opportunity to get a taste of the highly rated The Hidden Hedge arena.
In 2015, Blissfields distinctive and boutique style saw the festival awarded with AIF Industry Award for ‘Most Unique Festival Arena’ for the The Hidden Hedge. A very bizarre and atypical set up, the arena is claimed to be “the darker side of reality that emerges, like a burgeoning alien flower”, which is a fair assessment looking at previous reviews. With the Coalescence Collective once again in control of the décor and designing of the arena, 2017 will be as crazy as the following years, but once again as is all things Blissfields, it will be unique to 2016.
Among the acclaimed Hidden Hedge stage are Theatre of the Bizzare (Main Stage); Larch; Blisscotheque and The Bay. Each stage will offer its own sound and friday night sees the Larch stage being occupied by Old School Garage DJ’s MC LUCK and DJ NEAT. Needless to say, Festival goers will have plenty to dance too.
Last year punters were treated to many food and drinking options and this year will see the return of the ever popular Hobgoblin ‘Beer Festival’, which will provide festival goers with over 10 beverage options. Hand-picked food traders and craft stallers will be present and of course with Blissfields being a family friend affair, Kids will have loads keep them entertained.
This year’s fun a frolics will take place on 6th, 7th and 8th of July with the 2017 festival theme being the Bizarre. If you’re open to something new with a twist if quirky insanity and a big dollop of individuality, then Blissfields is where you need to turn.