Music festival returns to Forty Hall Farm

Andrew Warshaw previews Enfield’s biggest one-off music event of the summer

Livestock returned in 2021 following a hiatus during the first year of the pandemic
Livestock returned in 2021 following a hiatus during the first year of the pandemic

Livestock Music Festival – Enfield’s premier live music event – is back at Forty Hall Farm this July with a sensational line-up.

As ever, Livestock will have a fantastic array of acts on the three live stages, DJs after dark, and activities for children all included in the ticket price. There will plenty of food stalls to choose from as well as the usual bars spread around the festival site.

This year the bill is as diverse as ever, with everything from post-punk trash pop, through to cutting-edge British hip-hop, Britpop and 90s dance bangers.

Co-headlining the Feelgood Stage this year are the acts that were previously booked but were postponed because of Covid-19. Playing the best songs from the 90s, a quarter-of-a-century after the Britpop chart wars, are the incredibly popular Britpop Boys, followed by an eagerly-anticipated headline set from Rhythm of The 90s, featuring that decade’s dance hits you know and love.

Other acts already confirmed include Lazy Habits, as part of their UK tour. A unique British hip-hop act with a full live band, Lazy Habits have spent the last decade forging their own path in a territory increasingly populated by sound-alikes, thanks to a unique take on the live band angle, which includes two drummers and a full brass section – creating a spectacular show.

Also on the Feelgood Stage are Underline The Sky, Temper Diablo, Reggae Matik and Natalie Shay, an award-winning local singer-songwriter who sadly missed out last time because of coronavirus, plus the wonderfully infectious Ukulele Ska Collective and a special appearance by Enfield’s very own drag queen Sissy Lea!

In The Black Barn there is a full programme of new, upcoming and original acts headlined by the not-to-be-missed Hitman Blues band from New York City, who are in the UK on tour this summer. Fronted by Russell Alexander, the band present a unique show of original and modern blues, so expect the barn to be rammed to the roof for this one!

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Also confirmed for the barn are The Metatrons, Shelf Lives, The Ramshackles, Dave Burn, Toffees, Andy Bell Space Station and Cujo, an award-winning three-piece who were together in 1998-2007 but reformed last year.

Down in the woods, on the legendary Woodland Stage curated by St Harmonica’s Blues Club, there is an amazing line-up of blues, including Shufflepack and Tyzack and Tortora, headlined by The Feelgood Band, indistinguishable from the real Dr Feelgood and endorsed by Wilko Johnson himself.

In response to the positive feedback received last year on the DJs playing outside after dark, Livestock will launch a new dance tent in the amazing new Purple Big Top after the Quercus Circus children’s activities are packed up for the night. This will feature a headline DJ set from 8 Bit Society.

Established in 2010, Livestock Music Festival grew out of now-legendary street parties in nearby Goat Lane. The founders of Livestock set out to create a distinctive festival experience, rooted in the local community, but leaving visitors in no doubt they have been to a proper music festival.

Livestock aims to bring together talented bands from all over the country, festival favourites, local heroes, emerging talent and established artists alike.

Livestock Music Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd July. To find out more and book your tickets (£28 adults, £5 teens, under-12s free):
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