Festibelly, the New Forest’s niche festival, has announced the first acts to join the bill for this year’s two day party taking place over the 25th & 26th August. Continuing in the tradition of years gone by this year’s Festibelly line-up includes some of the most exciting new music around.
From the good-time rockabilly of Family three-piece Kitty, Daisy & Lewis and the twangy folk of Skinny Lister (who are touring their debut ‘Forge & Flagon’ released on the 11th of June) to the former drug-smuggler turned author Howard Marx – aka Mr. Nice, this year’s intimate weekend in Hampshire’s New Forest looks to have something for everyone; including a roller disco (ahem). Add this to the likes of up and coming French pop outfit We Were Evergreen, the eclectic mix of music at Festibelly becomes evident. Previous years have seen the likes of breakthrough acts such as The Big Pink, Ghostpoet and New Young Pony Club perform.
Priding itself on the ‘friendliest festi-goers’, Festibelly looks to be the ideal departure from the sloppy and hazy weekends of the larger and less personal festivals. Festibelly’s sponsorship and branding-free ethos only furthers the feelings of nostalgia and warmth characterised by this year’s line-up. It’s a kaleidoscope of psychedelic gypsy to dirty discos, wrong cabaret, circus performances, wonky gameshows, cosy cafés, poetry, painting and more.
Festibelly’s warmup events begin at The Lock Tavern in London, 60 Million postcards in Bournemouth and Southampton’s The Orange Rooms, and also include Festibelly local events in its hometown of Lymington, Hampshire.