A weekend in Essex: Brownstock preview

The only way is up for Essex’s fastest-growing festival


Brownstock represents the ultimate V Fest antidote for anyone in Essex looking for a good time.

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Tickets are cheap, even the most expensive ‘tier 4’ tickets for latecomers are a mere £74, and it’s a festival that guarantees bang for its buck.

This year’s line-up includes The Pigeon Detectives, Professor Green and The Fratellis – good honest festival fodder to guarantee a roaring field in front of the main stage.

Setting a good example: The small festival has attracted some big names

Setting a good example: The small festival has attracted some big names

The Good Shed plays host to a range of DJs including Mark Ronson and Duke Dumont.

DJ Legend Grandmaster Flash tearing it up at last year's festival

DJ Legend Grandmaster Flash tearing it up at last year’s festival

Pleasingly the festival also promotes a range of local talent.

Creme De Chevre will, as always, be a lot of fun on Friday night and the Treehouse Stage delivers a chilled out acoustic vibe as well as giving some of the area’s smaller bands the chance to shine.

Really what sets the festival apart though is the whole atmosphere.

You'd have to be barmy to miss it

You’d have to be barmy to miss it

It’s way more friendly and relaxed than many of the bigger festivals. V is typically full of people who spend more money on gym membership and fake tan than they do on feeding the five kids they had by the time they were 24

Brownstock feels like a community, and it’s going to be a great weekend.

Brownstock Festival runs from Friday 30 August until Sunday 1 September. You can buy tickets from the website here.