Featured Preview: Houghton 2020

DJ/producer Craig Richards’ critically acclaimed Houghton festival will this August return for its belated third edition. After being dealt a hard blow by Mother Nature last summer, the event was cancelled last minute, but now it is ready to return in spectacular fashion. Houghton’s 2017 debut was truly something to behold, selling out, and then returning in 2018 with some minor fine-tuning. The incredibly eye-catching surroundings of Houghton Hall in Norfolk is set to again be filled to the brim with art, music and sculpture. Being a grassroots electronic festival, Houghton’s musical landscape reflects Richards’ eclectic tastes whilst combining extended DJ sets, live acts and sound systems from cutting edge audio manufacturer d&b audiotechnik.

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After a stonking year in 2018, some of the world’s DJing heavyweights are set to return to Houghton Hall this August. The list includes some of the most influential people in electronic music including Ben UFO, Seth Troxler, Midland, Jane Fitz and Ricardo Villalobos to name but a few. Four Tet, DJ Stingray and Lena Willikens are amongst the big names to be making their Houghton debuts this summer. Sliding in alongside the heavy hitters is Houghton’s huge range incredible rising talent and experimental artists. Estonian violinist and vocalist Maarja Nuut, the rapidly rising Object Blue, as well as UK jazz pioneers Matthew Halsall and the Elliot Galvin Trio will all be present at this year’s festival. These artists will all make appearances on the Pinters stage, a place specially created for jazz, ambient and experimental sounds.

Craig Richards gave his two cents on Houghton 2020, “Our intention is simply to improve on the improvements we made last year and to continue our quest to present music, art, food, drink and sculpture in its finest light.” 

There are limited tickets still available at https://www.houghtonfestival.co.uk/tickets/. Get yours today to avoid missing out on one of the UK’s best new festivals. More info and artists to be announced.


Tobi Stidolph

Press Manager & inSYNC Writer


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