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2013 has proved itself to be an explosion of festivals, with the return of Glastonbury and the rise of Croatia’s Unknown Festival. Amongst all this is Brownstock , which is set against the rustic backdrop of the Morris Farm in Chelmsford, Essex, and from 30th-1st September opens its doors to 6000 strong festival goers.

Celebrating its 7th year, the Brown family who owns the estate and run the festival, has not only managed to rein in some impressive acts but provides a great place for groups of students to go!

At £74 for a combined weekend and camping ticket, Brownstock is a great cheaper alternative for dancing the summer away. Friday sports a small but entertaining list of DJs, including DJ Yoda and FORMAT. Saturday’s Main Stage sees headliner Professor Green with support from Tom Odell and Devlin, while The Good Shed stage features Mark Ronson, Benga and Youngman, and Jaguar Skills. Sunday has an equally exciting line up – the likes of The Fratellis, The Pigeon Detectives and King Charles will grace the Main Stage, and The Good Shed will include Duke Dumont and Beardyman.

A self proclaimed “overgrown house party”, Brownstock has this year introduced some surprises, including The Piano Bar which from Friday offers cabaret, burlesque shows and open mic slots. Also new this year is The Saloon Bar, a step further into the rustic settings by providing country music to ensure all festival goers have their hoedown shoes on.

This is made all the more fun with this year’s fancy dress theme being “Cowboys and Aliens”. In terms of food, Brownstock has you covered – the Brown family handpick all their food stalls so expect “pizzas, burritos and hog roasts” or sit down at the all new Pop Up Restaurant for a three course meal (featuring the Brown family’s own beef burgers!).

To find out more about the festival click here (link: http://www.brownstock.co.uk/info/general/)

To buy tickets click here (link: http://brownstock.gigantic.com/brownstock-festival/morris-farm/2013-08-30-14-00)