2014 sees the arrival of an exciting new addition to the roster of festivals on the south coast: The Somerley Tea Party is a boutique underground music festival within the grounds of Old Somerley House, on the outskirts of the New Forest. Eats Everything, Simian Mobile Disco, Paul Woolford, Ten Walls, DJ Hazard and Special Request are among the acts topping the bill across three stages throughout the day making it an electronic music event not to be missed.
The festival’s organisers passionately explain how, “STP aims to be a highly unique and intimate experience incorporating its beautiful surroundings to create a bohemian, corporate-free playground for likeminded party people.”
Festival goers can certainly expect to get what they’re promised, as the truly unique setting in the grounds of Old Somerley House looks to be inspiring, and the dynamic line-up of familiar and underground names alike is sure to excite. Being a new festival, it is a little hard to envision how the space will be utilised, but the stage titles, the ‘Old Somerley Arena’, ‘Dog Kennel Woods’, and ‘The Dome’ along with site photos certainly offer a tantalising hint at what could potentially be a rare festival experience unlike any other.
It is very exciting to see such an innovative new festival come to the local area, and this is reflected by support from resident Southampton promotions company DBP in hosting the Tea Party’s main stage. The efforts made to encourage a local audience is also noticeable through the provision of affordably priced travel schemes from Southampton and Bournemouth directly to and from the festival site.