Brownstock Music Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Essex, England, UK
Festival Contact Information

Brownstock Festival
Morris Farm
Chelmsford, Essex CM3 6SG
United Kingdom

Festival Description

Brownstock Festival is an annual Music Festival run by the Brown family on their farm in Essex since 2004. The festival is set to welcome 6,000 visitors through the gates in September. The festival is still completely independent and run entirely by the Brown family and friends giving it a uniquely rustic and handmade feel. Music, treehouse stage, comedy, storytelling, street art camp, skateboarding park, parquour displays, dance tent, a silent disco and the chance to try a home raised Aberdeen Angus Beef from the farm at the “Brownstock Sunday Roast” are some of the things to look forward to during the 3 day event.

The family take care of every single part of the festival from the bookings, to the production, to the food and the entertainment. Over 500 bands applied to play at the 2012 event. The entire Brown Family sit for 2 days, with their friend Mat Dixon, the festival’s Music Director and personally listen to each and every band that apply, whittling it down to their chosen few. The family hates having to turn away talented bands, so will be holding competitions for the last spots and adding an extra stage. 100s of unsigned acts support the headliners.

Festival Dates August 30 - September 1, 2013
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Festival Story:

Despite growing the festival is still independent and run by the Brown family. A rustic homegrown and overgrown family party. It has a handmade feel and personal touch which makes for a unique experience. The festival is littered with entertainments and areas which are themed and dreamt up and by the family and built by Anna Brown (the arty farmer’s daughter) in her farm workshop. Even Nanna Brown (ex art teacher) gets roped in to hand paint the festival signs. This means you can take a seat at the table in the cosy farmhouse, a fully furnished mock farmhouse in the centre of the main arena, or park yourself in front the Treehouse Stage which is built into one of the sites large oak trees.


Festival Events:

Announced lineup 2013:
  • Fratellis — headliner
  • Professor Green — headliner
  • The Pigeon Detectives
  • Mark Ronson
  • Benga & Youngman
  • Roni Size
  • Doorly
  • DJ Yoda
  • The Cuban Brothers
  • Delilah
  • Devlin
  • Hadouken!
  • King Charles
  • Krafty Kuts
  • The Milk
  • Man Get Out
  • Jaguar Skills
  • Stealing Signs
  • Bambi
  • F.O.X.
  • Créme De Chèvre
  • Grizzly Bears
  • Rudimental (DJ) — cancelled
  • Tom Odell
Unsigned bands competition 2013:
  • Brownstock Festival has held a competition through their Facebook App for unsigned bands, giving them the chance to promote themselves and win a set at the festival, Brit Award winners, The Fratellis and The Pigeon Detectives, who are headlining the festival, were part of the panel to choose the band they want to see. Brownstock Festival had over 1000 bands apply to play for the 2013 festival. This meant that all the Brownstock audience could easily explore and listen to the music of the bands that had applied to play at the festival. Meanwhile all the bands that applied, even the ones that weren’t picked, had an easy way to promote themselves to a new audience. 5000 people took part in the public vote for their winner.
    • Disemboweled By Sharks - Picked by The Fratellis
    • Frett - Picked by The Pigeon Detectives
    • Josephine and The Artizans, Hamptons and Ordinary Noise - from the public vote
    • 27 Strings, Frankie The Gambler, Rabbit Foot - Picked by Festivals for All
    • Kaleidophone, Apple Rabbits - Picked by Noise Kitten
    • Ellekaye, Killatrix, Glenn Godfrey - Picked by The Brown Family


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Social networks:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Brownstock in Words
  • 2011 official video
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Practical Info:

  • Morris Farm
    Lower Burnham Road,
    Stow Maries,
    Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 6SG
  • Brownstock Festival is 2 miles from South Woodham Ferrers station, a 40 minute train ride from London Liverpool Street Station. We have a friendly, efficient and reasonably priced taxi service on hand to pick you up and bring you to the farm. The festival can also be easily accessed by car - only if you have to drive of course, and don’t forget to share lifts.


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