Andrew Warshaw previews the line-up for this year’s edition of Livestock Festival
Enfield’s premier live music event returns to Forty Hall Farm next month with a star-studded line-up to please all tastes.
Livestock Music Festival is looking as diverse as ever, with everything from pop-punk, indie rock, goth, folk, blues, reggae, soul and funk.
On the Feelgood Stage, the headliner slot is being shared by the dynamic, eight-piece Mission Impossible Soul Band, born out of the blues and soul resurgence following the release of The Blues Brothers, and the incredible City Funk Orchestra. The return of the latter was a no-brainer after their fantastic show at the Black Barn in December 2022 when they brought the house down on one of the coldest nights of winter.
Other notable additions to the Feelgood Stage are the crowd-pleasing Ukelele Ska Collective, the return by popular demand of The Vipers and Reggae Matik, plus a not-to-be-missed special, one-off, ten-year anniversary reunion from the incredible Spirit of Springsteen.
We say it every year but yet again the Black Barn line-up is another triumph, with a full programme of new, upcoming and original acts headlined by the mind-blowing talent that is Laurie Wright with his infectious punk/roll n’ roll fusion that seems certain to blow the roof off.
There is also the outstanding Brooke Law, who went to school locally and adds Livestock to her impressive list of summer festivals, including playing on the same bill as Bonnie Raitt and The Pretenders. Brooke’s gutsy voice has been described as Alanis Morissette meets Janis Joplin.
Other Black Barn acts include D’Voxx who return to showcase their acclaimed new album 1984, Dead Colours – a mix of synth pop and indie rock with a strong nod to the 80s – and local duo Lost Chimes, blending traditional folk with a contemporary dream pop twist.
If disco is your thing and you fancy a break from the live stuff, the Black Barn will also be repeating the hugely successful teatime disco, a one-hour DJ set of classic tunes from the era.
Down in the woods, on the legendary Woodland Stage curated by St Harmonicas Blues Club, there is the usual amazing programme with Odyssey Blues and Soul Band and House Red already confirmed and more to come. This will be, as ever, a blues line-up second to none.
Livestock will of course offer all the usual bars and food stands plus an array of children’s activities throughout the day. There are also plans for a dance zone at the end of the night.
While early bird tickets are sold out, advance tickets are a mere £30, with on-the-gate tickets costing £35. The evening pass is now £20 and valid from 7pm. Children up to the age of twelve remain free (you will still need to book them a pass) and there is a teen ticket for 13-to-17-year-olds at just £5. An accompanying adult ticket is required when purchasing either of the latter.
Livestock takes place on Saturday, 22nd July, from 11am to 11pm. To book tickets: