19th-22nd September 2013
It’s non-corporate, non-sponsored and non-commercial, but that’s just what Alchemy Festival promises not to be. Kicking off on 19th September for its fifth year, the small festival season’s worst kept secret (and one of the last festivals of the summer) is shaping up to be the best yet.
Described by Nick Turner of Hawkwind as being “an old style event”, this year’s Alchemy Festival boasts seven stages, of which three are sustainably powered and over 100 bands over the weekend. Zubzub will get the party started on Thursday night for 500 punters before the gates open to all ticket holders on Friday morning, when dub, ska, punk and psy-trance will fill the usually quiet fields of Lincolnshire.
Punks Citizen Fish will headline the Friday night, with Inner Terrestrials also bringing their mix of punk ska and dub to the Philosopher’s Stone stage. Also featuring on this are stage dub reggae outfit Zion Train, headlining on the Saturday night and are free festival favourites R.D.F will play out the festival in traditional fashion. Supporting the headliners are Tarantism, guitarist Jon Gomm and Inta Africa amongst many more.
If you like a dance then head to the Mushroom Stage for the likes of Astralasia, Ed Tangent and the Psychedelic Breakfast DJs, adding a healthy dose of psy-trance to the mix, or for something a bit different try the Toadstool for bands such as La La and the Booya and Mikey Beats.
The Defekters and Dub the Earth take on the solar-powered Liberty stage, and on the Kaplick Solar Stage, a true festival institution, Flutatious (the coolest band ever to prominently feature flutes) and mighty folk-punk band Ferocious Dog will play. And these bands are just the tip of the iceberg!
Alchemy is not, however, just about the music, with several workshops, circus toys a-plenty and weird and wonderful installations to stumble across, often where you don’t expect them. Fire shows will happen every evening, and circus entertainers wandering the site will keep even the most festival-weary child entertained.
Food and drink will be of high street prices, and you can cycle off the delicious food (try a Huggy’s pizza!) at the Shroomery cycle-powered stage, where if nobody cycles the music stops!
There is truly no better way to see out the festival season and welcome in the Autumn than Alchemy; there will be no field more vibrant in the whole of the UK!
Alchemy festival runs from 19th-22nd September 2013. Tickets are still available, at a cost of £70 for an adult and £15 for under 16s, with family tickets for £165. A small number of Thursday entry tickets, priced at £15, can also be purchased from the website.