Brownstock 2015: Bigger and Better than ever!

[Shelby Loasby | Head of Print]

Started at the barn, now they’re here! Generally known as Essex’s small, family festival, Brownstock 2015 proved that size doesn’t matter this weekend with an epic explosion of music, entertainment and unforgettable memories.

From a shisha lounge, silent disco and fairground entertainment, to five different stages of a plethora of genres and artists, Brownstock had something for everyone.

Oxygen Ride | Shelby Loasby


The festival kicked off on Friday 10th July, with streams of revellers arriving with wheelbarrows full of camping gear, food, and alcohol. Whilst some festival goers seemed to be getting irate with the long queues and hours of standing in the scorching heat, others were starting the party early and getting boozed!


Once wristbands had been allocated, bags had been checked, and items had been confiscated, people were through the gates and ready for the six o’clock start.

Whilst the music around the arena did start at six, The Stumble Inn venue hadn’t quite finished being set up so festival goers were not granted access until 20 past. Whilst this meant that some bands were playing for 20 minutes to only a handful of staff and VIPs, they took it in their stride.

The main stage saw The Grizzly Bears, a parody cover band, make fun of the situation.

“Woah Woah Woah everybody, calm down, “ said the lead singer to an empty field, “Now it’s festival etiquette for you all to take one step back and if anyone falls down, help them out.” The band didn’t seem to mind and continued their hilarious and energetic set of classic cover songs.

As the night progressed, more and more people finally started pouring in – or stumbling in in some cases. Each stage soon gained crowds of people, all looking for their favourite tunes.

The main stage saw ska band The Kubricks entertaining the crowd with some of their funky, mellow hits, whilst The Good Shed offered some of the biggest DJ hits from Dream Mclean and ‘German Whip’ main man, Meridian Dan.

The Kubricks @ Main Stage | Bill Ahmed

The Slippery Saddle Saloon was a quaint little bar where the bands played their authentic old american rock in the audience. Revellers could grab a saddle seat at the bar and sip on a nice cold beer whilst watching Dave Ferra, Rostock, Hokum Boys and Penguin Party.

Meanwhile, The Stumble Inn showcased the sounds of Too Damn Glam, including Alex Jones, Mark Storie and other Stumble Inn Residents throughout the night for the hardcore party people.

Not forgetting The Treehouse stage, which hosted the alternative, indie music of Secret Company, the disco duo Patawawa, the incredible Stapleford, Anna Mcluckie with her harp and Dojo.

Anna Mcluckie @ The Treehouse | Bill Ahmed

The headliners of the night didn’t fail to impress either, with DJ Fresh taking to the Main Stage at quarter to ten. His iconic songs, including ‘Gold Dust’ and ‘Dibby Dibby Sound,’ blasted out across the festival, whilst his accompanying MC and singer got the crowed hyped up and dancing. It was an awe-inspiring set from an internationally famous DJ, but the fun didn’t stop there.

DJ Fresh @ Main Stage | Bill Ahmed

"Put up your triangles!" | Bill Ahmed

Lethal Bizzle followed DJ Fresh in The Good Shed, putting on a show for all his fans at the festival – and on his snapchat. The ‘POW’ star was a true entertainer and closed Friday night with a bang!


The first day of the festival had been a success, but all thoughts turned to Saturday’s acts and saw revellers truly getting into the spirit of the festival.