Jelly Festival 2012 preview – Get your wobble on

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Jelly Festival stage

Jelly Festival stage

The sun has arrived! The last major event of the summer (the Olympics) is nearly over! What are you going to do next? Well, it’s just under one week to go until Jelly Festival and we recommend you book your tickets now and head to Norfolk for what looks set to be a seriously chilled weekend.

Jelly Festival has it’s fingers in a few pies but is predominantly a dance festival with a bit of folk and acoustic thrown in. The biggest names heading the festival are Roni Size, The Felice brothers, Alex Metric, Lucy Rose, Errors and Gypsy Hill, as well as Norfolk favourites Killamonjambo. It would seem the aim of every band at the festival is to make you move your legs.

I had initially thought the festival was quite small but with a little further research I found out there are 5 stages as well as circus performances and a kids area with free workshops! A bargain at just £49.50, However it is worth noting that the festival starts on Friday night around 7pm and finishes Sunday lunchtime, a perfect escape for full time workers. The more I discover about this festival the more excited I am to get there. In fact the tent and wellies (just incase the rain returns) are already in the car.

Jelly Festival prides itself on it’s family friendly approach: not only are all kids tickets (under the age of 12) free there is also a family camping area situated at a reasonable distance from the sound systems and they are providing kids loos and baby changing facilities in both the family camping and main arena. The festival will also host a fun fare and ‘inflatables’, not entirely sure what this means but it sounds like a good laugh. There is no age restriction on the festival however everyone should bring ID for children to gain free entry, under 15’s will need to be accompanied by an adult over 21. Over 18’s will need ID to be allocated a wrist band which allows them to purchase and consume alcohol on site.

Guests are asked to consider the environment with regards the litter and car sharing. You will be asked for £1 per empty seat in your car which will be donated to the charity Rebecca’s Wishes. There aren’t many extra charges at Jelly but one more you should take note of is £10 extra for campervans.

There are no BBQ’s allowed on site although gas stoves are permitted. Jelly also promises a range of amazing local food stalls. Their website does not state what these might be serving up so if you have special requirements it might be best to bring a bit of food with you as well.

There will be bars and an off-license at Jelly Festival and you may bring your own alcohol for campsite drinking only. No glass is permitted as standard (you wouldn’t want your kids getting shards in their feet, right) and there is also no spirits allowed, this is a new rule to me but probably a good idea for such a family friendly festival.

What else are you going to do next weekend, eh?

For information and tickets click here.