October 25, 2013 18:35

Two Hop Farm Music Festivals to be staged next summer

A new festival will run as well as Vince Power's event which has moved to a site in Tunbridge Wells

Two Hop Farm Music Festivals to be staged next summer

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Two unrelated Hop Farm Music Festivals are set to be staged in the summer of 2014.

It was recently reported that the event would return next summer under a new promoter, despite being called off this year because of poor ticket sales. However, it seems that an entirely new festival is now taking place on The Hop Farm Family Park site. Vince Power's festival will also run next year, but on a new site in Tunbridge Wells, following an announcement made on the festival's Facebook page. The statement reads:

Reports suggest that another festival is to be hosted on The Hop Farm Family Park site, called the Hop Farm Music Festival, but this event has no association with the well-established Hop Farm Music Festival. This is an unfamiliar event organised by an entirely different promoter and team. Despite the naming of this event it is not in any way connected with the esteemed Hop Farm Music Festival.


Kent Online recently reported that the festival will be run by a new promoter, thought to be Flashback Festival's Neil Butkeratis. A spokesperson for UK Events added: "It will be more of a boutique festival with a new promoter and line-up." It will staged over the weekend of 4-6 July 2014 and cater for 20,000 punters.

The original Hop Farm Music Festival has not yet announced its 2014 dates. Promoter Vince Power said of the event's return: "I have been building the Hop Farm for six years now, unfortunately due to the economic climate we had to cancel last year, but the festival is not over. We have a strong brand in the festival market, an instantly recognisable festival and you can't keep a good festival down."

This summer's Hop Farm Festival was cancelled, with organisers blaming poor ticket sales and the economy. My Bloody Valentine and Rodriguez were due to headline the festival with The Horrors, The Cribs and Dinosaur Jr also set to perform.

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