Since the announcement of Houghton Festival earlier this year, all raving roads seem to have been leading to Craig Richard's debut three day festival.
So what's all the fuss about? Houghton plans to the UK's first festival fusing music, art and sculpture. It has already sold out and made several 'Best Boutique Festival' lists before it has even opened its doors. From the 10-13 August, Houghton Hall, a country house near Norfolk in the UK and home to the Houghton Sculpture Garden, will be transformed into an an immersive music and art experience set in the surroundings of a stunning forest setting, complete with obligatory lake for the night lights to shimmer off.
The line-up is a list of Richards' favourite artists and feature lots of Fabric favourites such as Ricardo Villalobos, Nicolas Jaar, Seth Troxler, Raresh and Floating Points as well as some eye catching live acts. Villalobos and Max Loderbauer make their UK live modular show debut as Vilod. Tony Allen performs a special tribute to Art Blakey and the DJs list lines up some of Craig's favourite selectors over the years, ranging from breakthrough artists like Saoirse to esteemed selectors like Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy, one of the original residents from seminal 1970s disco party, The Loft.
As well as the weighty line up, the unique creative stages are just as formidable a draw. Caravan Shorts present their highly sought after 15-minute theatre productions from inside a portable caravan where a small intimate audience, consisting of a handful of members at a time will experience a short drama.
East London's audiophile bar Brilliant Corners bring hi-fi quality sound to one of Houghton's hand crafted wooden yurts, where they'll be presenting GIANT STEPS in collaboration with The Analogue Foundation. British reggae institution, Trojan Sound System, will be hosting their own space.
Short Bursts Of Concentrated Joy curated by David Blamey, present a programme of artist's films that celebrates shape, colour and sound in relation to the physical body, featuring artists such as Yoko Ono.
FInally, a special one off print of an art book created by Craig Richards, who is also a highly respected artist, featuring 96 pieces of art, each depicting the artists playing the festival, will be available to buy only at the festival. For lovers of art and music this promises to be one of the most trail blazing festival weekends of the year.