Alchemy Festival: Coningsby, Lincolnshire – festival preview

Alchemy Festival
19th-22nd September 2013
Coningsby, Lincolnshire

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.


The festivals’ website is and the facebook page is here. For the full line up see here

All Words by Nyika Suttie. You can find more by Nyika on Louder Than War here, as @puzzledbyadream on twitter and her blog is Outsider Looking Out. 

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By day somebody who makes maps, by night a very amateur music journalist, I am a life long lover of music, despite having no musical talent beyond appreciation. I once wanted to be a news journalist but discovered I was too nice so started writing about music instead. Thankfully my musical tastes have moved on from the 2006 indie of my teenage years and include most things that involve folk, punk, ska and, yes, indie (often all at once). Other hobbies include reading in coffee shops, cycling, making things and just generally being unwittingly pretentious.


  1. thi a came to my attention cos ppl are talking about it, line up just gone looked good too. if my daughters going with her mum n family u might have an extra bubble fairy taking in the sights after s few years off fesys- I didn’t go last year cos I was all anxious after getting my health sorted. like the vibe not all the djs. but happy multicoloured bubble fairy’s need their fest’s. I’ll keep myself in the loop. dreaming of eat static style ,orni ng chill and ska and yes afternoons. gonna go to all the fesys I missed in last few years lol. colourful arty friendly fairy types ste few an far betweens and its nice to feel normal and find home, any big old trees in campingng area? can’t believe I saw this cos someone’s post wpke me up thanks fb….. its a sign its a sign ( no they’re brightly coloured with directions on) :-) hugg
    led from one of the winged massive. what u gotta do to get entertainers passes u got wandering sparkly ppl or medics ( a+e nurse 8 years left over not being able to lie/politics) email me know another medic/fairy performer too. peace and love and genuine energy being sent to you guyz) xxx orange skruffy firedragon-fairy-nurse ;op xxXXxx huggles

  2. come up with a name for ish laptop underproduced over flanged psucadelic laptop DJs ripping loops out of real artists tunes at low resolution…..

    D.I.Y.P.S.Y DIYPSY :-) he he hugs to all find ur bass and ur mid range and protectbppls ears….. :-) :-). :-)

    love and hugs , do it do it do it. don’t let anyone say no


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