Britpop legends will headline Forty Hall Farm’s epic celebration of live music, writes Andrew Warshaw
Livestock, Enfield’s annual community-organised, not-for-profit music festival, returns for its eighth year next month.
In the enchanting setting of Forty Hall Farm, it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The 12-hour festival features more than 20 live acts and something for everyone on three separate stages, along with bars, food stalls and children’s activities.
The headliners are iconic 90s act Dodgy, who rose to prominence as a fun-loving face of the Britpop era and are best known for their songs Staying Out For The Summer, If You’re Thinking of Me, and Good Enough, which reached number four in the UK Singles Chart. Among their many albums are the gold-selling Homegrown and platinum Free Peace Sweet.
Signing Dodgy, who have performed at a string of high-profile festivals such as Glastonbury, is major coup for Livestock. Such is their stature that the month after visiting Forty Hall Farm the band is scheduled to play on the same bill as The Specials, The Zutons and Doves.
Other acts confirmed for Livestock include The Vipers, one of London’s most dynamic and talented cover bands, featuring some of the capital’s leading session musicians; Latin outfit Azucar Cubana; electronic wizards d’Voxx; and the outstanding Gentlemen of Few, who have generated a huge following with their infectious mix of folk-rock and bluegrass.
Among the regular visitors to Livestock is Christine Hamilton, a serving councillor and former Enfield mayor, who happens to be a massive music fan. She says: “I’m so looking forward to it. I’ve been to every one [of Livestock’s festivals].
“The talent is simply incredible, so come and have an amazing day in beautiful surroundings.”
For the uninitiated, Livestock began as a small street party when residents of Goat Lane built a stage at the end of their road for local musicians. It has since burgeoned into North London’s most eagerly-awaited musical extravaganza.
Last year’s Livestock attracted a record 2,600 revellers and among the acts being welcomed back this year are Mojo Rising, with their exciting repertoire of disco, soul and funk covers; the unmissable Boom La Tete, high-energy masters of gypsy swing; and rockabilly maestros Wesley Karr and the Automobiles.
The eclectic mix of music also features two very different but equally popular tribute bands in Foo Fighterz and Abba Chique, while the Woodland blues stage features hotshot Texas blues outfit Blues Chapter, skiffle group The London Bonnevilles, plus the legendary Keith Airey Band. Keith is rock royalty having played with the likes of Tom Jones, The Zombies and Nick Kershaw.
Livestock takes place on Saturday 27th July. Tickets are £25 in advance or £30 on the door (card payments accepted). An evening pass is available after 7pm for £15. Children aged under 12 go free, teenagers up tp 17 years can get in for £5. For more information: