Festival season is in full swing, so who better to feature this month than Fieldview Festival! Fieldview is quite simply the best festival around. Founded in 2007 by brothers James and Dan Cameron, what started as a fun-time barbecue with a handful of friends in their back garden, has grown into a 3000 capacity, 3 day, music and arts event, exploding with glitter, happiness and funky beats! But what makes it extra special, is that it’s run entirely by volunteers and any profit the festival makes is donated to charities that protect and help the planet and local communities. Cool hey! The hard work, dedication and love that’s put in by the Cameron family, friends and volunteers of Fieldview is truly inspiring.
With the beautiful Wiltshire countryside as a backdrop, a mix of the UK’s hottest bands and DJ’s, as well as arts and crafts work shops, tasty local food and some weird and wonderful friends thrown in, this is by far my favourite weekend of the year! This year marks Fieldview’s tenth anniversary and with just over 3 weeks to go, I caught up with the lovely James and Dan to find out what’s in store..
How are you both and how’s the planning going for Fieldview?JAMES:All is going really well thanks! Ticket sales are looking great and well ahead of last year. We have got a great line up together and we are all dead excited! DAN: Really well thanks, everyones working super hard and it’s great to see ticket sales going so well.
It’s your 10 year anniversary which we are all super excited about, what can we expect this year? JAMES: Ten years hey! Where does it go? For our tenth anniversary, as a team we have worked really hard to bring you a real treat of a line up that reflects the festival’s growth and evolution over the last ten years. We have tried to bring back some FVF classic artists. Submotion Orchestra for example played in 2011 in the afternoon and now they are returning in 2016 to headline our main stage. So our tenth year is a mix of the hottest bands at the moment and a sort of FVF greatest hits from the last ten years. DAN: Lots of our favorites coming back, Area 139 will be bigger and better, really excited about our new venue – the Smoking Juke Joint – which will run from 8pm till late serving tasty rum and as bands like Youngr and Sping King who have been making waves with their most recent work.
Sounds awesome! What are your favourite memories from the past 10 years of Fieldview? JAMES: Favourite memories hmmm….. Every year the memories get a bit more rose tinted!!! Favourite memories are seeing people return every year, still really excited and passionate about the festival. That’s what keeps it running really! Musically, my highlights are; Ben Howard 2011, Danny and the Champions of the World 2010, Skinny Lister 2015. So much great music in this country! DAN: I will never forget 360 in 2012 which was a really beautiful moment in a packed barn and the beginings of Area 139 in the woodland which caused all sorts of trouble. Meeting people weeks and months after the event, sometimes on the other side of the world that have been to, or heard of our little festival is really cool.