Sometimes, if a festival is organised well enough, it barely feels “organised” at all. The stages, decorations and installations feel as though they’ve always been there, the assigned paths feel like mere guidelines through a forest where any route could take you to something special. The music, from hairraising techno and electro to jubilant Afrobeat and funk, all feels totally fitting, the sounds coursing through the trees as naturally as a breeze, beckoning festival-goers to get loose on the woodland floor.
Lost Village is one such event. Taking place in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside – in the forest by the village of Norton Disney – the festival’s fourth outing finds it expanding in capacity without losing any of its cosy charms. Expert musical curation that veers to the more indie-inclined electronics of Friendly Fires, Everything Everything, Maribou State and Mount Kimbie is propped up by the exceptional line-up of DJs which ranges from tough, heady electro, techno and drum & bass from the likes of Helena Hauff, Or:la, Avalon Emerson, Goldie, Ben UFO and Daniel Avery to the more jubilant and loose house, disco and funk sounds of Honey Dijon, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Jayda G, Hunee and Gilles Peterson.
In short, Lost Village is seamlessly put together, with every “t” crossed and “i” dotted with a rustic flourish. The food options are great and varied, and well catered toward vegetarian and vegan needs and the frequency placement of bar tents around the site means that the queues for a pint are never as harrowing as they so often can be. Actors and players donning Alice In Wonderland-esque garb flock around the festival site, scaring the living daylights out of unsuspecting punters, making great comedy for everyone else.