Likened to festivals such as Glastonbury, for creativeness and craziness with arts and music, the festival boasts two open air stages with live acts and a series of DJ tents as well as a bar. The festival’s most distinctive feature is the arts trail that snakes high up a steep hill; it’s a fantastic spectacle when the stars come out and an apt symbol of the boundaries organisers have broken.
This year’s acts included Basement Jaxx, Orbital, and David Byrne, as well as Gong, Lamb, Magistrates, Alphabeat (DJ Set), DJ Derek, Chris Cunningham, The Ex, Andrew Bird, Noah and the Whale, Emmy The Great, Amadou & Mariam, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, James Yuill, Kathryn Williams, Joana & The Wolf, Erik Truffaz, Grasscut, Helios, Music From The Penguin Cafe, Oren Marshall, Sneaky, Ska Cubano, Friendly Fires, Norman Jay,Wonky Pop, Ludovico Einaudi, Calexico, Horse Meat Disco, Londstrom, Pharoah Sanders, Favela Chic Soundsystem, Alice Russell, John Hegley, Summer of Dub, and many more.
Thursday’s arrivals were also invited to come dressed up as zombies to participate in a celluloid chiller, produced by Film4 and Warp Film’s, in what is planned as the world’s first and largest audience participation zombie movie, which will be shot over the four days of the festival. With a plot of dodgy drugs leaked into the water supply that turns peaceful festival-goers into rampaging, flesh-eating un-dead.Also back with the festival was Mr Scruff whose Tea Party took over Big Chill Radio.
Other attractions included the ‘Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair’ presenting a selection of art works and wares from some of the UK’s foremost artists, a Village Green at the heart of festival, where chillers could play the human fruit machine and enjoy a karaoke sing along, a contemporary circus from the NoFit State troupe and debauched cabaret with Jonny Woo as well as many more attractions for kids, plus art, film, comedy and literature.