Review: Lost Village 2019
Fast becoming the festival on everyone's lips, we went to Lost Village 2019 to see if it lived up to the hype...
Lost Village is smaller in scale than a lot of other UK festivals, but the four-day event in an abandoned forest near Lincoln is making a name for itself as an essential for every festival-goer.
Now in its fourth year, Lost Village prides itself on escapism with its website saying it’s a place where ‘reality flickers and the inexplicable occurs’ – after experiencing it for ourselves we can definitely understand where this ethos comes from. Imagine the unparalleled magic of Glastonbury but without the hours of walking to get from stage to stage – sounds dreamy right?
We went along this year to see if it lived up to the hype and we were not disappointed. From performances by Maribou State, Jon Hopkins and Bicep (they were just the headliners!) to the encapsulating culture they’ve created, here are just some of the reasons you should put Lost Village on your festival list every year…
One thing Lost Village got right this year was the breadth and diversity of acts on the line-up. One minute we were taken on an acid-house journey by the Korean superstar, Peggy Gou, or dancing long into the night sound tracked by HAAi and Todd Terje, the next we were transcended into a forest day party by exciting, up and coming DJs, Peach and Willow. The calibre of acts is second to none, making Lost Village stand out from a lot of other festivals on the market.
An artist that stood out amongst an array of dance talent was Slowthai. With a Mercury Prize nominated album under his belt and word of his explosive live shows going around, choosing to see him was a no-brainer. The Northampton wonder whizzed through tracks from his debut album, the poignantly titled, Nothing Great About Britain, with our highlights from his set being ‘Drug Dealer’, ‘T N Biscuits’ and his Mura Masa collaboration ‘Doorman’. He even brought a punter up from the crowd to sing Skepta’s verse on their collaboration, ‘Inglorious’, and, to everyone’s surprise, he absolutely killed it!
Obviously, music is at the heart of Lost Village, but there is so much more to experience than simply standing in a field listening to your favourite artists. The festival site, located in a forest just outside of Lincoln, is a wonder for the imagination. With stages that tell stories (one of our favourites being the Airbase) and actors that play into this, you instantly become a resident of Lost Village, so fully immersed in this world that you forget about real life back at home.
From morning yoga classes, to stopping off for a Margarita masterclass at Patron’s Lakehouse, you’ll never be stuck for ideas on what to see and do during your time at the festival, and that’s without mentioning the amazing array of food on offer. The famous London chain, Dishoom returned for a second year of hosting a pop-up restaurant where you can go and indulge in some of their incredible cult dishes before dancing the night away.
Becoming a Lost Villager was one of the best ways to round off festival season. Put it on your list for 2020, you won’t regret it.
For more information and to book tickets for next year's festival head to https://lostvillagefestival.com/.