Now celebrating its 10thÂ anniversary, In The Woods (ITW) is a festival unlike any other and widely acknowledged as THE event for discovering new artists.Â What started as a party for friends of the bandÂ Laurel CollectiveÂ has become a much-loved annualÂ pilgrimageÂ for over 1,000 music devotees, surrounded by aÂ like-minded community in the midst of the mystical English woodland.
Confident in their curation, the organisers (headed up by the winnerÂ of this yearâ€™s Brit Award for Best ProducerÂ Charlie Andrew) do not announce the lineup until shortly before the event takes place.
“Generally festival organisers don’t have the time or means to watch every artist prior to making a booking,” explains Andrew, “But that’s precisely what we do with ITW. And that’s why we consistently find the best new artists before anyone else.“
WithÂ tickets always selling out in advance, it would seem festival-goers agree.Â Previous acts booked well before breakthrough includeÂ Alt-J, Lianne La Havas, Young Fathers, Slaves, Years and Years, Kate TempestÂ andÂ Jack Garratt.
The acts play overÂ two intimate stagesÂ under the beautifully lit forest canopy withÂ intriguing art installationsÂ to be found along the way. Art Director Anna Mojab has given the 2016 ITW festival aÂ birthday party themeÂ to celebrate itsÂ 10th Anniversary, so attendees can expect a heightened sense of occasion at this yearâ€™s event. Plus, locally-sourced food and ale, a silent disco and giant midnight bonfire keep things going until sunrise.Â The only question is, which futureÂ favourite artistÂ will ITW help you discover this year?
In The Woods Festival takes place Friday 2nd – Saturday 3rd September
To learn more visit inthewoodsfestival2016.co.uk