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The Guys Behind Virgo Festival

Author: Kag Katumba

Large capacity festivals are taking their toll on peoples pockets and freedom on the dance floor. Not everyone is after that 10,000 capacity main stage atmosphere any more. Many of us now crave something a little more intimate, a little more personal but offer the musical quality that a festival requires. Step in Virgo. Starting this May bank holiday is a journey in to the realms of what can be done be done on a smaller budget, but with lots of heart. We caught up with the duo behind it all to find out what they have in store for us.


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So we have to ask, where did the name come from?

What really excites us is being able to offer people the chance to take part in a new party in such a unique location

Coming up with a name for the festival was quite a challenge. It was important we found a name that meant something and tied in with the festival itself. The name Virgo refers to one of the star constellations of the Zodiac (not star sign!), and the star constellation at the time of the festival is Virgo. In ancient mythology, the Virgo goddess is portrayed as the Goddess of wheat/agriculture and that is why our logo includes two sheaves of wheat – to represent this and also to represent that the festival is going to take place in some of the most beautiful countryside the UK has to offer.

If we had to put you on the spot and ask you to answer in a tweet, what are you wanting the atmosphere to be like?

Cosmic. Fun. Silly. Energetic. Giggly. Loving. Friendly. Happy!

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It is unusual to have a festival in such a unique location. How did you come about in choosing it?

If you’re expecting your usual big top tents then you’ve come to the wrong place!

The location for Virgo is really something out of this world. It’s set on the grounds of an 800 year-old mansion built round a cobblestone courtyard that sits above a magical lake, surrounded by beautiful countryside. We have been great friends with the family who live there for years, and after seeing the grounds for the first time, we fell in love immediately! From then on, it was our mission to organise a party there and so here we are. The family have been so kind, helpful and willing to allow this to go through, so we all owe them a huge thank you for making this possible.

With such a backdrop is there anything we should be particularly excited about?

Well there’s a lot to be excited about. What really excites us is being able to offer people the chance to take part in a new party in such a unique location, and the magic that will blossom from its intimacy. Our aim here is to create something a little different to what you find at other festivals these days, so if you’re expecting your usual big top tents then you’ve come to the wrong place! But before we give too much away, bottom line is if you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on!

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Music wise there seems to be quite a spread of genres. How hard has it been to program the event?

The line up has been programmed with the intention of offering more than just one genre of music. We have put together some of our favourite DJs to come and join us on the weekend, playing anything from the grooviest most feel-good Funk, Soul & Disco to the more underground 4/4 forms of House and Techno. Friends of ours who organise great parties across the UK have also joined the family, such as Flux, Saints Don’t Sleep, Fever105 and Love Glove, and the way we’re able to pull this all together really comes down to everyone’s help and support in getting this event off the ground.

The line up:

AARTEKT / ARTHUR BARR & MIKE STOCKELL / BILL BREWSTER / BRAND NEW WAYO / BRUNO SCHMIDT / DAN SHAKE / DJ EBONICS / FRANCESCO DEL GARDA / HENRICH MILLHELM / JACQUES ADDA / JAMES PRIESTLEY / JANE FITZ / NANG TUNES / NAPPER / NICK GABRIEL / OK JONES & ROLFIE / ONLYZ & WINKLES / OSCAR / POOL TAX / ROBERT CARY / THE MENENDEZ BROTHERS / VOYEUR


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Out of the acts you have on display who are you most looking forward to seeing?

We simply cannot answer this question. Rest assured, they’re all sick.

It must be exciting starting up a festival for the first time but what are the biggest challenges you have faced?

Inevitably bureaucracy always gets in the way, but it’s nothing that we haven’t been able to handle. I guess the main challenge for us has been in managing the costs involved with an event such as this. As you can imagine, everything starts to add up and when half measures are not an option, it’s important for us to look at this as the start of something new with many more exciting parties to follow in the future.

The most important thing is to have fun, look out for each other and help make it a memorable weekend

We are going to be joining you in May and collating a photo diary for our readers. Will there be lots of visual delights for us to capture?

For sure. With all this talk about space and stars, we decided that it would be fun to add a bit of a cosmic spark into everything we’re doing this year. The Virgo team, consisting of a tightly-knit crew of talented friends, have been pouring their hearts into creating a platform for people to escape from their day to day lives and enter a new reality through all sorts of interactivity. We’ve got some amazing artistic and visual collaborations in store for the weekend, with artists coming from all corners of the country to showcase their work. Expect all that is weird and wonderful, and don’t forget to bring an extra memory card!

Do you have any tips for the revelers?

The most important thing is to have fun, look out for each other and help make it a memorable weekend for everyone! All we ask from you is to appreciate what an opportunity this is and to respect the family’s home by treating it like your own. So without further ado, see you on the floor!

 

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