Festival Spotlight: GOATFEST 2018

Hello all! Jono here!

Happy weekend! Hope you’re all looking forward to taking some time off from your busy work lives!

As you all know, we’re slap bang in the middle of festival season, and I’m here to bring you another recommendation. GOATFEST is an annual festival that takes place in Codicote, just outside of Hitchin. It is considerably smaller than other major festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds, but sometimes the smaller the festival, the better the atmosphere.

The festival grounds are easily accessible, and there are a number of transport links nearby. The nearest mainline station is Stevenage which is 5 miles out and there is a taxi rank on Lytton Way, which is directly outside the station. If you’re going to be driving down, then there will be limited parking available, so make sure to bring cash with you because there isn’t a pre-pay option.

GOATFEST is a family-friendly festival and allows children to go for free, as long as there is a responsible adult with them at all times.  So fun times for all the family at no extra cost. Has to be good!

Photograph by JP Boardman

If you’re a foodie, then I’ve got some great news for you, because there’ll be several food stalls scattered around the grounds! There’ll also be a fully licensed bar, so make sure you bring enough cash to last you for the day! Some of the vendors may accept a card, but this isn’t guaranteed. Vendors include The Goat Inn Codicote, Uncle G’s Fried Chicken, Toastilicious and La Crepe Franglais (just to name a few).

There is a cash machine in the nearby village of Codicote, so if you do end up running out of cash, you can take a quick stroll down to the nearest ATM. It should take you approximately 15 minutes to get there, and security will let you back in upon your return.

Photograph by JP Boardman 

If you’re looking to camp while at GOATFEST, then head over to the website to purchase a camping ticket. Festival attendees are required to buy individual tickets, and they can’t be bought on the gate, so make you buy them in advance! They do not allow access to the festival grounds, so make sure you’re aware of this when going to buy your ticket.

If you’re planning to camp with your family, then familiarise yourself with all of the family camping info, which is available on this page.

Now, onto the headliners. The festival organisers have secured some incredibly well-known bands and artists to play the headline slots at the festival. Highlight act ‘Grandmaster Flash‘ will be taking to the stage on Sunday 26th August, which is the final day of the festival, so make sure to arrive early at the main stage because then you’ll be able to secure a good spot in the crowds!

Photograph By JP Boardman 

If smaller indie/alternative Artists and Bands float your boat, then take a look at the whole lineup for the weekend (below) and take a listen to their material on your preferred streaming service.

If you’ve got any queries regarding GOATFEST, then just contact the team directly via their Facebook or contact them via the form on their site. It’s worth checking out their FAQ page as well.

That’s all from me, watch out for the review of GOATFEST during the next few weeks!

I’ll make sure to post about it on our Twitter and Facebook Pages.

Until next time guys,

See you later.

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