Independent Somerset festival Farmfest will not return due to ‘huge rise in running costs’

Farmfest will not be back again after struggling over the past few years with rising costs. Credit: @farmfestuk

An independent festival in Somerset has cancelled this years even announcing an end to the festival

Farmfest was due to take place in Bruton from 3 to 5 August - but organisers have now announced it will not go ahead this year, or any year in the future. 

The statement said: “We are incredibly sad to announce the end of Farmfest. As a small independent festival, it has been a tough few years to remain affordable whilst also keeping up with the huge rise in running costs. 

“It is a fine line we have struggled to tread and sadly the result is we must bring Farmfest to a close.”

The event had been due to take place in August but has now been cancelled. Credit: @farmfestUK

Last year the festival was cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

But it is not all bad news though - the organisers have teamed up with Valley Fest, 20 miles down the road in Chew Valley Lake, so ticket-holders can go there instead. 

Valley Fest will be held from 3 to 6 August and headliners include The Kooks, Bananarma, and Soul 11 Soul. 

If you have a ticket for Farmfest you will be contacted by the company you bought it from and given three options:

  • Upgrade to Valley Fest 2023

  • Donate your ticket value to Wateraid 

  • Request a refund 

The statement concluded: “We want to send out our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported Farmfest over the 15 years since it started.

"We’re gutted this marks the end, but we still have all the fantastic memories of partying on the farm together.” 

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