Shindig Festival 2019 Preview

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A small festival with a big soul. Isn’t that exactly the sort of feeling that will compliment the frenzy as we head into summer?

With a plethora of acts and events on show, you’d be forgiven for missing the hidden gem that is Shindig as you flick through your options. That forgiveness will dissipate as you get to know the funkiest festival in the West.

Packed with a programme of entertainment for all ages designed to kick-start the summer on 23rd-26th May, Shindig Festival offers relaxation and revelry in equal measures.

Tucked away on Gilcombe Farm in Somerset, Shindig is featuring some of the most seminal live hip hop of the last three decades including the Queen of British hip hop Estelle, bringing her silky vocals back to the stage and the baritone bass of Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na are just two huge artists to whet your appetite.

Will Lardner, festival co-founder says: “We’re really excited to share that we have Estelle headlining Shindig this year… Not only has she put out some of absolute bangers in the past decade, she’s a force to be reckoned with on stage! Along with other incredible acts such as Kingdem, Ozomatli ft Chali 2na, Benjamin Zephaniah and the Revolutionary Minds and Kenny Dope, we’re all set for a really great party again!" 

With many many more exclusive headline acts, sonic heroes and heroines also in the mix, these are the sights and sounds which will define three days and four nights of the festival season.

Live music may be the soul of Shindig but the DJ sets are the beating heart. There will be a melting pot of house, jazz, funk and soul brought to the masses by the Rebel Dread and BBC 6Music DJ Don Letts, DJ Huey Morgan and Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez amongst other DJs mixing ghetto funk, classic boombap rap and plenty of tunes to appease the old skool rave crowd. Something for all clans.

As ever, music is just one part of the programme. Comedic big hitters Terry Alderton and Andrew Maxwell will be gracing the comedy stage bringing with them an amalgamation of risqué chat where decorum struggles to keep up and trademark tics from the voices inside their heads.

With no main stages, just a beautiful arrangement of stretch marquees and stylish venues, Shindig is the ideal weekend for party people with families. The kids kingdom plays host to parents, babies and children alike where small people with big imaginations can flourish.

Shindig Festival wouldn’t be complete without the myriad of talent that comprises the other facets of the festival experience and are the foundations of what makes this unique experience one to attend and treasure.


And the best bit: this isn’t going to cost a fortune. Full price adult tickets are now £145 and children under 12 go free, teen (13-17) tickets are £85. Paying in installments is possible too, all can be bought from:

Published on 26 April 2019 by Duncan Hewitt

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