As a seasoned festival-goer, I had the pleasure of attending Lost Village 2023, a festival that transcends the conventional music event to offer a truly transformative experience. Held from August 24-27, set in a secluded woodland location in Lincolnshire, UK, the festival invites attendees into an intimate world where music, art, and nature coalesce.
The Journey Begins
The festival’s location, deep in the woods, set the stage for a unique experience. With every tree festooned in lights and stages designed like “forgotten cabins”, “Junkyard” and “airbase”, it felt like a playground for adults, offering an interactive and immersive experience.
Sounds of the Lost
Lost Village featured a range of diverse and talented musicians from various genres. Notable acts included Four Tet, who mixed unique tracks and pop samples in his set, and Bonobo delivered an unexpected performance with pop samples and discordant sounds. Overmono impressed with remixed versions of their hits, Peggy Gou energised the crowd with her chart-topping hit (It Goes Like) Nanana. Other personal highlights included Joy Anonymous who brought the energy on a rainy Sunday and Barry Can’t Swim.
Tales of the Unseen
Theatrical elements were woven seamlessly into the fabric of Lost Village, creating a tapestry of storytelling and performance. Unpredictable narratives unfolded around every corner, with impromptu performances captivating attendees. The ceremonial burning of a stag effigy was a profound spectacle, symbolising renewal and transformation. Other mystical encounters blurred the lines between reality and fiction, adding to the festival’s dreamlike aura.
Beyond the Beats
Lost Village extended beyond music and theatrics to offer a full sensory experience. Gourmet food stalls served a variety of high-quality global cuisine, catering to all tastes and dietary preferences. The festival’s art market was a vibrant showcase of creativity, featuring unique crafts and artworks. Hidden corners of the festival grounds offered spaces for relaxation and reflection, such as a secret speakeasy nestled in the trees, workshops on forest foraging, and inspiring talks by renowned artists and thought leaders.
A Farewell to the Lost
Reflecting on my time at Lost Village, I was left with a profound sense of connection—to the music, the performances, the natural environment, and the community of festival-goers. The festival’s unique blend of elements cultivated a magical experience, leaving me with a renewed appreciation for the power of immersive experiences and the endless possibilities they hold. Lost Village was more than a festival; it was a journey into a world of wonder, enchantment, and mystery.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Can I bring my own alcohol?
Yes, but there are limitations. The personal allowance is 8 cans of beer/lager, cider, or pre-mixed cocktails/spirits OR 1 bottle of wine per person. No spirits or glass bottles are allowed, and all alcohol must be decanted into plastic bottles.
Are there cash machines on-site?
No, there were not any cash machines on-site when I went. However, all bars, restaurants, and traders accepted contactless.
What time does the music start and finish?
Activities like talks, workshops, wellness, and restaurants opened from 9am, with comedy and music commencing at midday. Headline artists perform before 11pm, with music generally finishing by 1/2am. Some smaller bars and spaces stay open until 3am.
Is re-entry allowed during the festival?
No same-day re-entry is permitted. If you are leaving the festival site because you are staying off-site, you can only re-enter the festival site the following day. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the security and gate teams.
Do I need a parking pass?
Yes, if you’re driving to the festival, you need to purchase a car parking pass. The Boutique Sanctuary has its own private car park, with different parking pass allocations based on the size of the tent.
Is the festival 18+?
Yes, Lost Village is an 18+ event. Acceptable forms of ID for entry include a photo driving license, valid passport, or a PASSA 18+ Card.