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Blissfields 2017 - Saturday Reviewed

Bizzare, bonkers and blissful - a winner...

Vicarage Farm welcomed thrill seekers and music lovers to this year’s theme of The Bizarre. Last year saw Blissfields travel through time but this year brings all things fantasy and freakshow. A hot air balloon rises above the weird and wonderful from funfair rides to festival goers in outlandish costumes. 

This is the sixteenth year of Blissfields, and like most years - (excluding last year’s brief shower on one of the days) it is a scorcher, and it wouldn’t be Blissfields without some sunshine. But the heat does not stop the adventurous being flung into the air or spun until they are blue in the face on this year’s rides, although they do seem to look a little out of place and a bit too man-made for Blissfields - maybe a house of illusions would have been more suitable. 

This year’s mainstage, aptly named ‘Theatre of The Bizarre’ brought an array of acts who receive more of a favourable reception than yesterday’s. Up and coming singer-songwriter Tom Grennan greets a young audience with his warm persona and sweet charm this Saturday afternoon. The twenty-two year old is already listed under the BBC’s sound of 2017, and he’s worthy of the title. He re-envisions an early noughties indie sound: soulful Nutini-esque vocals meets a gruffer Ed Sheeran.

Tom Grennan
Tom Grennan

Although his genre could be perceived as easy-listening, it juxtaposes with raw and stabby musical qualities and slightly husky but oh-so-powerful note sustains. Crowd members already know all the words to his tracks and prior to his performance, people would not stop talking about how excited they were, so it’s clear he’s creating a buzz somewhere!

Dub Pistols
Dub Pistols

Residents of Blissfields, Dub Pistols truly bring the party vibe this afternoon with their hybrid drum and bass beats, brass and reggae-infused tunes like an old school Basement 83. A true highlight of the afternoon, they warm a pumped up crowd for Metronomy’s finale this evening. 

Rapper Lady Leshurr is one of the many female acts to grace the stage this weekend, along with Brighton band Black Honey, Shura and The Japanese House. With her mad ting swagga and tunes such as ‘Queen’s Speech 3’ she conjures up the biggest mosh pit ever - who’d have thought it?

Lady Lesherr
Lady Lesherr

If any band suits this year’s abstract theme it’s out-of-this-world and quirky Metronomy. Warm pinks and purples illuminate the stage as the sun sets over Vicarage Farm bringing a retro-futuristic vibe to Saturday evening with their groovy synths and vintage beats. They play songs seamlessly from their ever-growing back catalogue, including tracks from latest album Summer ‘08 as well as old favourites such as ‘The Look’. Frontman Joseph Mount even recalls the time that he accidentaly mistook tic tacs for drugs at Creamfields and the night sky fades to black as drones hover ahead.  


Blissfields not only promises great music, but it is a highly well executed festival. It is clean and it is perfect from the very young to the old, from the music fanatic to the family orientated. It is truly the best intimate festival out there, and though unfortunately is taking a year out in 2018, will be back for more fun and mayhem in 2019, so plenty of time to get in on those tickets.

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Rosalyn Boder
7th July 2017
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