“Wow, what a festival that was! From the moment Sir Tom Jones walked on stage on the opening night till the last band played the final chord in the early hours of Monday morning Larmer love was in the air and the party never let up. All I can say is roll on 2015!” said James Shepard, festival founder and co-director.
Selling out five and seven-day tickets well in advance, the festival box office sold the last tickets on the gate over the weekend, making this year the most successful in Larmer Tree’s history.
Sir Tom ‘The Voice’ Jones opened the main stage on Wednesday with an electrifying set which lasted almost two hours and thrilled the crowd, perfectly setting the mood for a fantastic festival.
A storming line up of acts followed: Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls had every man, woman and child singing and dancing along with him, while Squeeze, Stornoway, Staff Benda Bilili and Public Service Broadcasting raised the energy levels for the nights ahead. Last but by no means least, the rousing set performed by Tom Odell on the Main Stage produced a never-ending round of applause from a captivated audience.
Twelve comedians took to the ARC stage for a series of side-splitting night-time comedy shows and the new venue The Pavilion proved extremely popular. Festival-goers packed in for captivating talks from Radio 2 legend Johnnie Walker and the Pitt Rivers Museum who brought the fascinating history of the gardens to life.
Songs from the Shed were in residence throughout the festival and recorded 43 different bands and artists performing a one-song acoustic session. While Stornoway reduced one festival-goer to tears with their performance, the outstanding act was CoCo and the Butterfields who popped into the shed before their Garden Stage set on Sunday.
Official charity partner the Trussell Trust hosted a busy Social Enterprise tent in the Village offering workshops and events all weekend.
Save the date the 25th Larmer Tree Festival next year – 15-19 July 2015. A limited number of tickets are already on sale.