It’s no surprise that Barn on the Farm sold out this year. With all of their acts either on the cusp of greatness or releasing new material months, weeks or even days before festival-goers descended onsite, it’s any music fan’s hive to buzz to. As usual, the organisers mixed up their line-up, allowing everyone to have acts to be excited about alongside plenty of new artists to discover, making it a glorious weekend of musical discovery. And, with beautiful weather and authentic decor, you couldn’t help but walk around with a smile on your face as you took in the farm’s ostriches and greenery. This is a haven and if you didn’t visit this year, don’t miss out on next year as it promises to get even better.
We kicked off our weekend with Cortes. They may have had the first set of the weekend but they handled the daunting job perfectly by creating a whirlpool of energy that sucked you in. The Pale White did a similarly beautiful job on the Outdoor Stage as they belted out those addictive Arctic Monkey vibes that may have been more tasty anything the indie rock’n’rollers could have cooked up themselves. And, for our first Main Stage visit of the day, we had High Tyde proving themselves to be kings of the theatrical musical experiences. They brought their set to life with interluding sounds that gave their set a blinding amount of life.
The biggest drama of the weekend came when The Magic Gang took to the stage. Starting off on a perfect note and immediately rousing the audience, lead Jack fell off the stage and left an audience of well-wishers behind as we later found out he tore his ligaments. But Nina Nesbit made sure that those at the main stage weren’t to saddened by the lack of The Magic Gang as she performed a delicate set full of some of the best atmospheric synth fueled music. Later on, The Big Moon filled us with girl power as the female four-piece kicked ass whilst donning The Outdoor Stage, blasting out their wild debut album. And, whilst we were surprised that Sundara Karma weren’t headlining the weekend following the insane buzz they’ve been gaining since the debut album release, they certainly proved their worth with a silky set that eased any sunburn on their adoring audience.
Flyte kicked off our Sunday by debuting a ton of new material. As they promised, no one left the tent wishing they had played their old stuff as their Beetle-esque development was impressive, and meant we got to hear where the future ‘flyte’ of the upcoming kings is heading. Marsicans followed suit with their fun riot before they joined us in the crowd for Clean Cut Kid. If you’ve been paying any attention to us recently, you’ll know that we’re completely in love with these Liverpudlians so their set may have been one of our biggest highlights. Just seeing how happy these guys are on stage is enough to make you fall in love and their music made that feeling so much stronger with ever indie-pop rise and fall.
We stopped by at the resounding Zak Abel for a dose of bright, colourful pop before heading down to the sultry Black Honey. We caught them last year but, without a doubt, they were so much better this year. Within 12 months they’ve grown so much and it’s not hard to see as they dominate the stage in a mesmerising fog of grunged up rock. But that’s not to say they’ve forgotten who they are as they came out after, meeting fans and temp-tatting their logo on every arm they could find. Amber Run then providing a hearty mix of new and old material that definitely earnt them a pre-headline slot before The Japanese House made their audience loose their minds. Orchestrating their ethereal and absorbing sound, you could be anywhere within hearing distance for their music to put you under it’s dream-worthy spell.