Barn on the Farm has announced its line-up for 2022 – and blimey, Dear Reader, it’s a cracker.
The Gloucester festival features a weekend bill topped by Easy Life, Griff, Holly Humberstone and Beabadoobee, with James Bay headlining the extra ‘Behind Barn Doors’ Friday night line-up.
That’s not all, though – elsewhere on the bill there’s Alfie Templeman, Thomas Headon, Joesef, The Academic, Kawala, Flyte, Maverick Sabre, Lola Young, Vistas, Gracey, Kamal., Daisy Brain, Finn Askew, Viji, Dylan, Noisy and loads more, with further names still to be announced.
Alongside the announcement, Barn on the Farm founder Josh Sanger has penned an open letter to festival-goers.
“I firstly want to thank all the fans that have stuck with us over the last 2 years,” he starts. “You’re the reason we do this, and it’s been so gutting to not be able to put on the festival for you. The 10-year anniversary in 2019 was so awesome and gave me so many ideas to build upon, so when we initially had to postpone in 2020, as gutting as it was, it gave me a chance to take my ideas and look to develop them further for 2021. When we then had to postpone again in 2021, it was even more tough. It was brilliant to see events come back, and other festivals go ahead, but for us the risk was too great and we didn’t want have to adapt the festival in ways that would have affected your enjoyment of it. No matter how hard it’s been, I’ve been determined to bring the festival back and continue to build on the foundations you’ve helped to create.
“Moving on, this year we are thrilled to announce our line-up for Barn-22. We think it is one of the most dynamic and talented set of artists we’ve brought together to-date, and we really want to share them with you, in one place. We’ve always tried our utmost to get a mix of new emerging acts who show real promise as well as some exciting, established live acts. And, as in past Barn’s, we will be sure to have some excellent surprises up our sleeves.
“In other news, we love so many of the food and non-food traders that we’ve had and look forward to welcoming many of them back. We’ve also found some fantastic new ones that will bring some additional, more diverse options. Food and drink play such an important part of any event and we’ve always worked closely with our traders to make sure there is a selection for all dietary needs, and to suit all budgets. Nothing worse than an overpriced and disappointing meal!
“Being environmentally friendly has always been close to our heart. I won’t lie, it’s tough managing a large event and keeping tabs on everything, but we’ve made huge steps and are looking to build on these for this year as well. We are delighted to be part of the AIF’s ‘Drastic-on-Plastic’ campaign and, although it has been delayed, we are still well on the road to being totally single-use plastic free. The reusable cups and bottles will be back with new designs, and all our bars and food traders will be free of single-use plastic. We are also focusing on using local suppliers as much as possible, reducing the distance that equipment is having to travel to the site. Our washing-up station will be back for fans with their own plates and cutlery, and there will be plenty of fresh water taps round the site.
“The farm provides such a great site for our festival, and the layout has always been crucial for providing you all with the ability to move around the site efficiently and safely. A lot of our focus over the last couple of years has been on designing new and exciting areas that will complement the festival and maintain the intimate feel we all know and love.
“I’ve missed the festival so much and cannot wait to have everyone back together again,” he finishes. “Hold tight and get prepared for the biggest party yet filled with plenty of surprises!”
Barn on the Farm takes place between 30th June and 3rd July. Tickets are on sale now. You can find the full line-up so far in the poster below.