It’s two days since Lost Village Festival officially ended and I’m still in full on festival mode.
Let me begin by telling you that if you don’t know what Lost Village is, then you’re missing out – big time. Lucky for you, the offbeat and immersive festival – which is located in the center of a forest in Lincolnshire – has only been up and running officially for two years, so you haven’t missed out on too much.
But the fact that Lost Village is still so new is part of it’s charm.
It’s yet to reach the popularity of bigger festivals such as Glastonbury or Reading for example, and I for one hope it stays that way.
Because has gained a cult following, mostly through word of mouth, it meant my time spent in its immersive world was completely pleasant.
In fact, it was damn awesome, but because it was big-but-not-too-big, it means there were less crowds, less trouble and, er, smaller lines for the loo’s.
It’s also worth knowing that unless you’ve been to this festival before, you probably won’t really understand what it’s about.
It always has an ace line up but this festival is less about the music and more about the experience. It’s aim is to involve you into its world for three days and by its world I mean just about living in a forest with strange and intriguing characters, switching off from the outside world and becoming part of the Lost Village tribe.
However, this is after all a music publication and Lost Village is, at its heart, a music festival, so lets talk about that.
We were greeted on Friday night with perhaps one of the most anticipated sets of the whole weekend – that of Fatboy Slim’s. Situated at the Burial Ground stage – the biggest of the four – his set kicked off the weekend with a bang. Everyone was in high spirits and I don’t think Lost Village could have picked a better artist to welcome us all and begin the weekend.
On Saturday, we simply decided to check out the artists based on the different stages so that we could explore a little more. The genre of the music at Lost Village was very much mostly dance and house, which I don’t pretend to know anything about but enjoy dancing to. We flitted between stages on Saturday night, spending the majority of our time checking out Joy Orbison at the Abandoned Chapel and Mano Le Tough at the Forgotten Cabin.
On Sunday, I was pleasantly surprised to hear the sound of some actual drumming in the distance as we ate our breakfast back at camp. Intrigued by the sound of what was clearly a rock band, I threw on my shoes and rushed down to the Burial Ground stage to discover Vant playing.
I was taken back – not only were they really good, they were more my type of music (even though I was thoroughly enjoying the rest of the music at the weekend). I hadn’t expected to discover a rock band or such a diverse mixture of music genres during the day’s entertainment, so I was really pleased about this. Vant are a four piece based in London but who hail from all over, including Blackpool and Newcastle, which I found quite interesting.
Their set was a welcome change for something to rock out to and I love that I stumbled across them by accident. I also hear they may be willing to take part in an interview, so keep your eyes peeled…
The weekend concluded with another anticipated set belonging to Jack Garrett. I’d heard of Jack Garrett beforehand but had never listened to his stuff and I have to admit, his was probably my favourite performance of the whole weekend. His set was diverse – his chilled and almost relaxing verses turned into catchy choruses that we all found we could sing and dance to. The whole crowd really got into his set and he gave off a great vibe.
He’s been playing non-stop on my Spotify ever since.
As well as Fatboy Slim, Vant and Jack Garrett, the whole weekend was filled with good music and good vibes. There was no trouble and during each and every set, everyone was happy to move together and dance together. There was no pushing and shoving (although sometimes this is enjoyable for a mosh pit!) and coming from someone who loves to rock out at a local gig, I really enjoyed turning things down a bit and being able to move my body to the music, rather then jumping around.
Those who are fans of house and dance music will adore this festival – and everyone else will certainly enjoy the diverse mix of music, activities and comedy that was also on offer.
2016 was a great year to officially join the Lost Village tribe and I hope you’ll all join me next year, too.
We switched off from the world and found ourselves getting lost in the woods this weekend just gone to meet strange and alluring characters, dance our feet off and enjoy sets from artists such as Fat Boy Slim, Jack Garrett and Vant.