Having emerged in the last few years as one of the defining moments of the summer, Craig Richards’ Houghton Festival returns with a reliably epic and left field line-up. Running from Thursday, August 8th to Sunday, August 11th, this is a festival experience in every sense of the word with the musical offerings really only being a part of the equation.
Dancing aside there is much more to see and do at Houghton Festival, wellness and mindfulness is very much a part of this gathering and should the dancefloor moments become too much for the mind there will be complimentary wellness classes taking place The Orchard and guided art tours. Returning after being so successful last year, Trevinos record store will be assisted by DJ Friendly Records, Ransom Note Records, Temple of Vinyl, Time-Capsule, The Vinyl Curtain and Vinyl Underground throughout the weekend offering a relatively wide selection of wax to peruse.
In addition to this Ransom Note and Truth and Lies will curate talks, listening sessions, film screenings and radio shows that will take place during the day. However, return at night, and the space will evolve into an intimate party space that will host specially themed sets from some of their favourite DJ’s.
Moving on to the main program for the weekend a suitably tasty array of artists have been chosen and those include A-Future, Baby Vulture, Binh, Bobby, Digby, DJ Masda, DJ Three, Dyed Soundorom, e/tape, Edward (live and DJ), Francesco De Garda, Fumiya Tanaka, Hamish Cole and Toby Nicholas, Jane Fitz, Magda, Margaret Dygas, Maayan Nidam (live), Nicolas Lutz, Omar, Raresh, Rhadoo, Reedale Rise (live), Ricardo Villalobos, S_AS, Sonja Moonear, The Ghost, Voigtmann, Schatrax and of course Craig Richards. Perhaps not so much on the minimal tip but none the less hotly tipped sets from Four Tet, Floating Points, Hunee, Joy Orbison and Move D also spark massive interest. With the wooded stages being so finely curated, lovingly built and meticulously sound designed this festival has a cool swagger about it and the fact that it doesn’t try too hard makes it even cooler than it looks on paper. An essential addition to the UK festival circuit if ever there was one.