Larmer Tree Festival 2012 – A Review

Larmer Tree Festival 2012

Over 3,000 festival goers attended the Larmer Tree Festival, held from 11th-15th July 2012.

Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the Dorset festival’s attendance did not fall victim to the heavy downpours with visitors gathering under umbrellas to enjoy the vast entertainment on offer.

However, due to the persistent wet weather and unwavering footfall, the Larmer Tree Gardens has suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage questioning whether the festival will make a return next year.

As there has been no official statement regardin the damage, the news comes from an anonymous grounds man who works at the Dorset estate.

The popular festival with an intimate maximum crowd number of 4,000 held a start-studded line-up.  Acts such as singer Paloma Faith and Australian comedian-cum-performer Tim Minchin graced the main stage on Thursday, cheering the soaking crowd’s spirits.

Friday night saw the return of 71-year-old DJ Derek, a retired Cadbury’s accountant, who now plays reggae inspired drum and bass music with the legendary Jools Holland headlining.

Joss Stone made a brief blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance alongside band Yes Sir Boss performing Beatles’ hit Come Together.

At the last minute, comedian Greg Davies had to pull out due to overrunning TV commitments and was replaced by the young Russell Kane, whose explicit jokes were a hit with the crowd.

Davies’ apology was posted on the Larmer Tree Website saying: “I was really looking forward to Larmer Tree and this pesky TV business has got in the way.  I am genuinely sorry I won’t be there and I hope I can make amends next year.  Have a great festival.”

The six stages hold over 70 acts with workshops, a circus, retail stalls and street theatre making the event a popular family day out.   Food stalls cover a number of cuisines, from Woks Happening (Thai and Chinese) to Strumpets with Crumpets (Traditional English Tea).



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