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We’ve got something truly groundbreaking to announce!

When we were brainstorming in our initial conceptualisation stage for the Honiton Festival, one thing that we all agreed on was that our event needed to really push the envelope.

‘Pushing the envelope’ for us doesn’t just mean pulling in a wide range of talented original performers, or attracting a variety of well run food trucks – it means offering something completely different in terms of crowd-pleasing entertainment.

Every festival has its USP and we had to figure out what made our festival worth shouting about. Glastonbury Festival is famed for its epic scope. The Reading and Leeds Festivals consistently set a bar for raucousness. Latitude is the most middle class of all festival options. We found ourselves scratching our heads, wondering what on Earth we could offer to the UK’s festival goers that they didn’t already have. The answer we came up with shocked all of us, but it’s one that we’re pretty pleased with.

The Honiton Festival (that is no way related to the town of Honiton) will be the first festival to include a living, breathing building site. Not only will a construction site be whirring away for the entirety of the festival, but we’ll actually be building something: a house that will be given to one lucky festival ticket holder. As yet we haven’t quite worked out the logistics, but that’s our plan

As soon as we find a location for our festival we’re going to set to work clearing a space for one lucky person’s future home. The builders and materials will be sourced before the start of the festival. The very best people will be hired for the job, including brickies from Birmingham, a legendary team of fitters who have been revolutionising conservatories in Liverpool and a plumber whose reputation is bigger than most rock stars – more details will be sure to follow.

The idea came about when we were considering the potential pricing of our tickets. Despite initially wanting to make the festival completely free, the calibre of the performers proved to be too high for us to run this model. Whilst throwing around ball-park figures of costs one of us exclaimed: ‘Jesus! You could almost buy a house for that!’

That’s when we all stopped talking and looked at each other which only ever happens if someone comes up with a great idea (or fart). It made perfect sense as both a sideshow for the event and a marketing ploy: the festival-goers watch the house get built over the course of 5-days and then at the end of the event someone gets to keep it! The long-term plan behind this is that over the years we end up building an entire festival neighbourhood that, over time, will turn into an entire village.  Just imagine that for a second, an entire community of people from disparate parts of the world brought together by a shared love for excellent music, all living together in harmony.

The first Honiton Festival home will begin construction as soon as we find a suitable location – we’ll be sure to keep you posted!

The Funding Campaign Is Underway

Start the cash counter…

Honiton is not anything to do with this festival: The Honiton Festival.

Just like Mike Eavis before us we’re starting out with the purest intentions and are hoping to secure enough funding to hold a premier music and arts festival that should (hopefully) net us a whole lot of money in the long term.

That’s right, we’re playing the long term strategy here!

We understand for many that the concept of our festival must be quite confusing, so we thought the best thing to do would be to lay out our vision for our festival, offer up our USPs and highlight just exactly why you should shower us in bills (£$€s all accepted) to make it a reality.

Our Vision

The Honiton Festival will be a premier British arts festival – a week long celebration of everything that makes being British fantastic.

So Why The Name?

Despite what you might think, the Honiton Festival will not take place in Honiton. We’ve not been to Honiton before, we’re not from there and the festival will not in anyway be associated with this particular town in Devon. We just like the sound of the name – hope that clears up any confusion!

Will There Be Camping?

That’s the kind of practical question that we’re really not ready to answer yet! We’d much prefer to think about ‘logistics’ and other such ‘crucial’ bits of information later so that we can focus on what matters: money *ahem* we mean MUSIC.

So Who Will Be Playing?

The incredibly talented Cerys Matthews will NOT be playing at The Honiton Festival.

As we’re only just starting out we’re not expecting big stars like Cerys Matthews or Gabrielle to play, but we have already secured a number of totally real ground-breaking artists that are so hip that no one has ever heard of them. These artists have been creating and recording in privacy so you can guarantee they’ll sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before.

Are You Kidding Is This A Joke?

Absolutely not. Definitely, definitely not. Who would go to this much time and effort? Who would do that? We can guarantee that this festival has been set up with the purest of intentions, just like Mike Eavis before us, we want to make a music festival that makes us loads of money. Why would we joke about our future fortune?

So Why Not Start Smaller?

We’ve toyed with the idea of holding a one-off show or something like that, but we’re worried that that won’t make us enough money.

Our hope is to build the kind of hype and excitement that would usually surround a new Sonique release or a Gerri Halliwell mixtape.

The excellent Babbacome Model Village is just 38.8 miles away from Honiton which is, once again, NOTHING to do with this festival.

When Is This Festival Going To Happen?

It happens when YOU want it to happen. Spread the word, build up momentum, start a band, make up a name, send it to us, you could be on the bill, you could be playing on our main stage, you could be the next Sinead O’Connor! The next Rachel Platten! Do it! Do it today! Be the future!

 

Be the HONITON FESTIVAL.