Hamish Faragher… aka the Isle of Man’s answer to Ed Sheeran can often be found entertaining guests at venues all over our fair isle, even supporting Sir Tom Jones (yes, THE Tom Jones) on his most recent trip to the island.
But now, on top of his uni studies, Hamish has decided to venture further into the magical world of music by (in his words) hosting his very own ‘vibrant, spectacular, jam packed night of live music’.
The line-up is jam packed with local talent, including Ramsey’s hottest boy band, The Tides (link to the tides gef presents article). To find out more we sat down with Hamish to get the goss on the debut of Livestock Festival:
So Hamish, what’s the thought process behind the creation of Livestock Festival?
Well taking it back before my time there was the original Livestock, loosely based on Woodstock, held on me dad’s farm (we’re talking 25 years ago!). This anniversary is an opportunity to showcase the islands fresh musical talents in the most creative environment possible!
If you could sum up the festival’s Mood + Genre in three words, what would they be and why?
Strangely. Vibrant. Revolution.
Some of the mad and bright ideas we’ve got for Livestock are pretty bizarre and head turning. I want the whole community to get together and make this a revolutionary event.
Next is the all important question, who can we expect to see up on the stage?
We’ve got a fantastic line-up of artists and a variety of styles throughout the night.
Expect to see (in no particular order)…
The Tides, Sunset Jet, Chris Gray, Mae Challis, Dusty Plankton, Mad Daddy, Gypo Buggane and DJ Stereopolis!
These are all personal favourite artists of mine and I’m so glad they’re all able to entertain you lovely people!
Okay, no we’ve covered artists, let’s talk about who’s going to be there to feed and beverage us?
It’s a bring your own booze event. So bring what you fancy but drink sensibly please. We’ve all had 1 too many fruit shoots before… As for food, we’re in for a treat. We will be fed by the fantastic Carbucks who are fairly new on the manx scene. They’ll have a menu shortly that’ll soon be ready to share, with plenty of options to choose from! Exciting ey!
Alongside that…. Joining us are the Islands popular Glampervan. This will be a chance for everyone to cover themselves in glitter for the night ahead!
To sweeten the already sugary deal, we’ve heard some of the money raised will be making its way to a Manx charity, is this correct?
50% of the profits made from ticket sales will be donated to the IOM Hospice. My Nan, Nadene Crowther was one of the founding members of the Isle of Man Hospice. So I’ve always appreciated the importance and hard work that goes into it. Realising the huge amounts of money involved, I wanted to use this event as a chance to contribute and show our appreciation to this fantastic organisation!
Lastly, if Livestock Fest becomes the smashing success we know it will be. Could you see this becoming an annual occurrence?
I have to say a yearly event would be amazing, but we’ll have to see how this goes first won’t we?! The time and effort going into this event is crazy. It makes you appreciate other event organisers more than anything. Maybe every ‘other’ year would be more possible! Who knows??
So there you have it folks, Hamish’s Livestock Festival will be taking place Saturday the 23rd of March, with things kickstarting at around 16:00. Tickets can be booked through Hamish or via the Livestock Facebook page @ £10 per person. Merch + more will be available to buy if you want to make Livestock a living memory in your wardrobe. All whilst aiding a pivotal Manx charity at the same time!
Check out their page for full details. See you there.