In The Woods is an independent, one day music festival now in its seventh year. Organised and curated by alternative indie band The Laurel Collective, the major focus for this festival is to triumph up and coming music talent, along with creating a more relaxed, chilled, boutique vibe than traditional festivals. The organisers claim In the Woods is furthest thing away from “warm pints of foamy Carling in a corporate mud bath”, and they do this by severely limiting ticket numbers (to a mere 750 in 2011) and holding the festival in a “secret location” every year. The location is only revealed to those with tickets, although we can say that this year it will occur in an undisclosed location and hour and a half south of London. Such secrecy makes In The Woods a rather special and exclusive event.
The line-up is low-key but talented, and includes the likes of Stealing Sheep, Tanya Auclair, Fiction and Dog is Dead. As well as the budding line-up, In The Woods punters can enjoy locally sourced food and drink, along with art and light installations dotted about the trees. To continue to mellow, relaxed atmosphere, you can bring your own food and drink (including alcohol), and you can even bring your own BBQ. Free water is provided for all on site, and if you would like to camp, that’s free too.
This year’s In The Woods festival is scheduled for Saturday 1st September. Tickets have already sold out, but a very restricted number may be released nearer to the festival. In The Woods are also hosting a warm up gig this Friday (3rd August) at Corsica Studios in London, which will include Eugene McGuiness, Post War Years and Laurel Collective. This festival is for all ages, including young children.