Preview: Blissfields Festival 2014 (4th-5th July 2014)

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Blissfields returns to the beautiful Hampshire countryside this July promising a weekend of fun, fancy dress and a fantastic line up.

Arts and Crafts
As any Blissfields attendee knows, the festival isn’t just about the music. Guests are invited to try something new at one of the craft stalls. At last year’s event, visitors had the chance to make their own jewellery, fashion themselves a flower garland, help out a blacksmith or create something totally unique at the pottery area. The popular crafts area returns to the festival this year situated next to the garden area so you can relax after your efforts. You might discover a talent you never knew you had.

Fields of Bliss Spa
This year the festival welcomes the Fields of Bliss Spa in association with Bathing Under the Sky. Festival goers have the chance to enjoy the UK’s only double decker bus complete with wood fired hot tubs! The festival organisers say the spa will be:

‘a tranquil haven in which to relax and pamper yourself. With red cedar wood hot tubs, saunas, massage, showers, freshly laundered hammam towels and a relaxation area, the spa will ensure you leave feeling fully refreshed, invigorated and ready to step back into the wild’. 

The spa will be open from 2pm – 10pm on Thursday, 8am – 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and then 8am – 4pm on Sunday. The spa is expected to be very popular and guests are advised to book hot tubs in advance on  Bathing Under The Sky’s website

Music
Blissfields offers a wide variety of music to suit every taste. This year The Larch stage will be added to the festival playing host to ‘all things acoustic by day but all things eclectic at night’ (Blissfields website).  Visit this area to listen to funk, jazz, soul and much more.

The Blisscoteque is famous for turning a double decker bus into a fully functioning disco! A team of DJs will be playing dance music from a range of era and cocktails will be served (IN the bus!) into the early hours of the morning.

The Hidden Hedge will return to the festival this year. Mixing creepy decorations (think props from your favourite sci fi films!) with a huge fire pit, lighting displays and music from a range of DJs, the Hedge is the place to be if you want to dance into the early hours! Head to the Hedge if you’re interested in deep bass and dub.

In previous years, the Main Stage has held performances from Mumford and Sons, Jake Bugg, Bastille and Sam Smith. Following the first instalment of the line up a few weeks ago, it’s been confirmed that the Main Stage will play host to some of the UK’s rising music stars. This year, Blissfields welcomes Chloe Howl, Luke Sital Singh, and Nick Mulvey. The next acts will be announced in the next few weeks. Make sure you buy a Thursday pass to enjoy the festival’s first evening of music and the chance to see talented unsigned bands from around the South Coast.

Blissfields will be held from the 4th – 5th of July 2014 at Vicarage Farm near Winchester, Hampshire. Visit the Blissfields website for more information.

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