Today, Shindig Festival (21st -24th May 2020) announces its stunning new home: Dillington Estate in Somerset, beautiful parkland surrounding a 16th Century house and hotel.
Shindig is a glorious mash-up of a gig, a house party, a circus show, a series of curious craft workshops, a wellbeing retreat and a kid’s party, with awesome street food to boot. Well known for its incredible line-up, being great for families (was awarded Best for Family Rave) and super friendly vibe, it has been going from strength to strength since 2014 and attracting an incrementally bigger and ever-friendlier crowd.
Ewen Cameron, owner of Dillington Estate, came to Shindig and loved it. He invited the team to have look at his estate as he thought it would be ideal for all the entertainment and funky surprises that Shindiggers have come to love so much.
Simon Clarke, Festival Director, says: “As soon as we saw the rolling Somerset parkland and stunning house, we couldn’t say no. It means there is more space to play with, more room for camping and live-in vehicles.
“It’s the same party just with a new home. Adding a hotel into the mix is something that’s not been done much in the UK, only at festivals in Barcelona, Hollywood and Bali.”
The house will be used exclusively by Shindig guests. Rooms can be booked and wrist bands can be bought to access facilities including a theatre and bar. There will also be a greater range of boutique camping options, making it more inclusive for those who aren’t keen campers or owners of live-in vehicles.
And, even better, Dillington is only just over an hour from Bristol – so almost exactly the same travel time as Shindig’s previous home, Gilcombe Farm in Bruton. And, of course, still in Somerset where the West Country party vibe is firmly rooted.
Shindig Festival started out as being a party for the friends of the award-winning Ghetto Funk record label, and their friends of friends – which is how it’s grown. The festival creators wanted to take all of the parts that they loved about other festivals and mix them together to create something intimate, unique and truly special.
No main stages, just a beautiful arrangement of stretch marquees, so Shindiggers can be in amongst it, or sitting on the grass supping something cold. From watching comedy to hearing some spoken word or creating crafts in a workshop, there’s something for everyone. Bringing a healthy dose of funkativity and a packed programme of entertainment for all ages, Shindig Festival offers relaxation and revelry in equal measures.
For more info or to buy tickets, visit the Shindig Festival website.
Headline acts are set to be announced soon. Hotel packages will cost from £700 to £1250.
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Dillington House (featured) – Farelight Productions
Shindig tent – Sarah Koury