This daytime-centric festival is about more than just the music
Words Hannah Kane
The unthinkable is happening… the weather is looking fine and dry for the UK bank holiday this weekend, when we’ll be reporting in the field (literally) from Lost Village festival. Set in a private woodland in the Lincolnshire countryside, this boutique festival is perfect for those who like to be kept busy. Here are our top 6 things to try at the festival.
Let’s start with the obvious bit, and the reason we were drawn to Lost Village in the first place – a crème de la crème lineup of the finest electronic music, hip-hop and indie. Featured acts include Maribou State, Northern Irish DJ duo Bicep, achingly cool techno wizard Peggy Gou, rapper Slowthai, purveyor of jump-up house Mano Le Tough, Berlin rave-meisters Modeselektor, and PHOENIX cover star alumnus Yukimi Nagano, as part of her band Little Dragon. Not to mention the legend that is Nightmares on Wax aka George Evelyn, and Crazy P Soundsystem taking house back to its roots with the flavour of disco. The representation of female artists is strong, and for three to see check out Willow, Moxie, and Peach. See you at the front.
This is not your average greasy burger kind of festival experience, with daily tribal banquets served up by top chefs, including a Sunday roast by Hawksmoor. For more incredible eating, get your artisan coffee fix courtesy of Climpson & Sons, a posh street-food lobster roll from Claw, and cured meats at Salt Shed. Indian cafe-culture experience Dishoom will be serving diners all weekend, also playing host to their own mini-lineup of South Asian music artists. This year we’ve been promised there will be an even greater selection of vegan and plant-based dishes – yay!
Wood-fired cedar hot tubs and a dry Finnish sauna on the Lake of Tranquility. Plus you can order fizz and wine, and charge your phone. Need we say more?
If, like us, you’re used to being busy, festivals can be a bit of a culture shock when you have nothing to do all day except drink copious amounts of alcohol and deal with whatever the weather is doing, waiting for the music to start. At Lost Village you can sign up for creative workshops, everything from making your own fabulous headdress, to resin jewellery, leather craft, fire writing, and ceramic tile painting.
An extensive programme of yoga classes in the Energy Garden from Friday to Sunday means you can recharge and restore as well as tear up the dance floor. The daily yoga brunch will leave you bendy and well-fed for £30, with other classes from £10.50. We’re intrigued by the ‘Primal Awakening’ class which draws on styles of Vinyasa Yoga, Animal Flow, MovNat and Fighting Monkey, as well as ‘Laughter Yoga’, you know, for a laugh.
To keep your grey matter buzzing in the right way, check out the talks and debates at the Institute of Curious Minds. There’s daily poetry for the literary types, and a variety of topics from feminism, fashion and football, to pop culture and politics, with a sprinkle of sex, drugs, and magazines for good measure.
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