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It’s arguable that Britain has always been way ahead of the curve when it comes to dance music, djs, festivals and therefore fun. So it should come as no surprise that doing it once again (for the eighth time) is Brownstock Festival, the annual Music Festival run by the Brown family on their farm in Essex. Set to welcome 6000 visitors through the gates August 31st – September 2nd, the festival is completely independent and run entirely by the Brown family and friends, which gives it a “uniquely rustic and handmade feel” according to PR man Alex Jukes. It has everything those overly crowded and unwieldy festivals have: music, but includes a more intimate setting for comedy, storytelling, street art camp, skateboarding park, parkour displays, street dance, a silent disco. But wait, who wouldn’t want a chance to try a home raised Aberdeen Angus Beef burger from the Brown Family farm? More information here.

The latest line up features a live set by Labrinth, Nero on the turntables, Zane Lowe, Grandmaster Flash, Toddla T, Artwork (Magnetic Man), Doorly, Jackmaster, The Cuban Brothers, Magistrates, Extra Curricular, Mele, Angelos Epithemiou, Missing Andy, Format, Angry vs The Bear, BB, Man Get out, British Intelligence, Stealing Signs & yes, there will be more.