Dance duo The Freestylers set to headline micro-event Hamswell Festival in Bath

PUBLISHED: 12:19 09 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:10 09 August 2013

Hamswell Festival is set in a natural amphitheatre on Hamswell Farm, just outside Bath. Picture: Mike Duffield

Hamswell Festival is set in a natural amphitheatre on Hamswell Farm, just outside Bath. Picture: Mike Duffield


One of the country’s original micro-festivals, created by a group of music-loving young Londoners, is set to rock the fields outside Bath next weekend.

Dance duo, The Freestylers, will headline the three-day Hamswell Festival which prides itself on being “better not bigger”.

Festival-goers at the 500-capacity event can enjoy a panorama of quality, emerging musicians; locally-sourced food and drink; and a range of entertainment, including circus performers, graffiti workshops and art installations.

Hamswell was begun nine years ago by a group of university friends, including Jonny Wharton, from Clapton, east London; Steve Boatman, from Hackney, east London; and Alex Horder, from Brixton, south London; as well as Richard Tugwell from Iver, Buckinghamshire

Jonny, 29, whose family own the titular Hamswell Farm, said: “The festival will be the most concentrated and intimate bundle of joy imaginable. Our aim is not to sell thousands more tickets each year but to continually expand our artistic horizons to make it an ever-evolving festival experience.”

He added: “It’s a refreshing alternative to the corporate giants.”

Former Faithless frontman, Maxi Jazz, who headlined last year, was so impressed by the set-up, he called it an “amazing institution”.

More than 25 bands are set to take to the stage including, Batala Band with their samba sound, Se7en Deadly Breaks playing break, and indie-electro band Fiction, alongside dubstep quartet The Push, and live electro band Concrete Disco.

Hamswell Festival starts at midday on Friday, August 16, and finishes in the evening of Sunday, August 18.

Some tickets are still available on the gate.

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