Andrew Warshaw welcomes the return of one of Enfield’s biggest annual events
After last year’s forced absence, Enfield’s much-loved annual Livestock music festival at Forty Hall Farm is returning this summer – and promises to be better than ever!
The event on Saturday 24th July will mark the tenth anniversary of the first Livestock and a number of acts have already confirmed their appearance, including a couple of crowd favourites from past festivals such as Gentlemen of Few and The Vipers.
Also on the bill are the Britpop Boys, the embodiment of the ‘90s era; award-winning local Enfield artist Natalie Shay; retro rhythm maestros The Streamlime 55s, covering mainly rarer tracks from the vinyl vault; The Cinelli Brothers, one of the hottest blues bands in the country; and the multi-talented soul/funk outfit The Jezebel Sextet, specialising in the music of Otis Redding.
That’s only a smattering of what festival goers can expect, with a headline act still to be booked along with a plethora of other artists. Such is the craving for the return of the festival – which is subject to any future coronavirus restrictions – that all early bird tickets are already sold out, many of them rolled over from last year’s cancelled event.
Event organiser Paul Dengel said: “We are all incredibly excited to have the festival on again and hope that people will enjoy the programme we are putting together for the highlight of the summer.
“We are of course being vigilant regarding the ongoing Covid-19 situation and will do whatever is necessary to make this and other events safe for all of those who attend.
“Enfield Council’s culture department have been so supportive as have all those at Forty Hall Farm. But, as ever, the people we are most indebted to are the fans who either already had tickets or have purchased tickets since we were able to relaunch – without them we would have no chance to put on the show.”
Standard advance tickets for the 12-hour festival are now on sale at £25. On the gate, the price is £30. For those who want to come just in the evening, tickets are £15 and are valid from 7pm. Children up to the age of 12 are free, though they will still need a pass, and there is a teen ticket priced £5 for those aged between 13 and 17 years.
Before the festival, Livestock has teamed up with Friends of Broomfield Park in Palmers Green to launch Park Live, featuring three exciting outdoor events on Friday 21st May (subject to council approval), Friday 25th June (The Vipers) and Saturday 17th July (Skatonics).
Meanwhile, Music from the Black Barn, the borough’s iconic monthly live music venue, is set for its comeback at Forty Hall Farm in August.