Clive Jackson of Dr & The Medics

INTERVIEW: Dr & The Medics

The reaction on social media when we announced Dr & The Medics would be joining us at this year’s Farmer Phil’s Festival was overwhelming.  I mean, who doesn’t love their classic number one hit ‘Spirit in the Sky’? We caught up with chief surgeon, The Rev Dr Clive Thomas Jackson, over e-mail ahead of next […]

Wille and the Bandits

INTERVIEW: Wille and the Bandits

Some of the veteran Farmer Phil’s Festival-goers will remember the show-stopping performance given by this raucous trio the last time they were with us at Near Gatten Farm.  Their infectious, groove-led blend of powerful roots rock really made an impression, with half the field getting totally lost in the music while the other half went […]

Skaburst to play Farmer Phil's Festival 2017

INTERVIEW: Skaburst

Those enjoying the balmy late afternoon sunshine on the Sunday of last year’s Farmer Phil’s Festival will almost certainly remember the rude awakening we all received when this bouncy sextet lit up the stage with their ska-fuelled energy.  SkaBurst were one of the star turns of last year’s event and won so many of you […]

Karl Phillips

INTERVIEW: Karl Phillips (& The Rejects)

Less than a month to go now folks!  That’s right, in exactly one month’s time, the party will have well and truly started here in Ratlinghope at the 19th Farmer Phil’s Festival, and I for one am so excited that I’m struggling to sit still as I type this. One artist making their debut in […]

White Men Can't Funk - Farmer Phil's Festival

INTERVIEW: White Men Can’t Funk

You know that classic Hollywood moment? That scene in which Wesley Snipes looks at Woody Harrelson after his third failed attempt to jam out a Stevie Wonder bassline and says “Billy, listen to me. White men can’t funk!” Well, maybe it went down slightly differently in the film, but nevertheless we’re super excited about these […]

The Leylines

Sat in a field with The Leylines!

The Leylines drew such a crowd last year that the Russshuntel stage could barely hold them, so we’re bringing them back this year to see if they’re a match for our famous rotating stage.  We caught up with vocalist Steve Mitchell…   FPF: Congratulations on the recent release of your album ‘Along the Old Straight Track’.  You […]

Nikki Rous

Getting to know Nikki Rous

We love this girl.  Nikki Rous has been playing at Farmer Phil’s Festival almost as long as Farmer Phil’s been driving his tractor.  Her distinctive voice and fresh approach to songwriting has been charming crowds across the Midlands for years and we’re so happy to have her back in Ratlinghope this weekend.  Here’s what happened […]

Adam Scriven

Living, loving & learning with Adam Scriven

Anglo-Australian acoustic guitar-playing and didgeridoo-wielding extraordinaire Adam Scriven is over in the UK currently and we’re stoked about him making his Farmer Phil’s Festival debut while he’s here.  We caught up with Adam ahead of his arrival in Ratlinghope.   FPF: We’re pretty confident you’ll have traveled the furthest distance to join us at Farmer […]

Funke and the Two Tone Baby

Two Tone Funke gon’ give it to ya!

Most discerning listeners will be no stranger to a loop pedal these days, what with Ed Sheeran saturating the charts and the likes of Jack Garrett taking Glastonbury by storm earlier this year.  But we reckon we’ve got an act to rival if not surpass both of those guys in Dan Turnbull AKA Funke and […]

The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican

Saying “ow do?” to Scott Doonican

They went down a storm at last year’s Farmer Phil’s Festival so we’re delighted to welcome The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican back to Near Gatten Farm for more of their zany brilliance next weekend.  We mashed a couple of brews and and a reight good catch up with frontman Scott Doonican… DISCLAIMER: If you’re planning […]