The Vicar’s Picnic 2017: a proper grown up little festival

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The Vicar's Picnic 2017
93.1 / 100 Flyer Reviewer
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Good ratio of quality and variety to ticket price. Friendly family atmosphere. Decent beers at sensible prices. Easily accessible from London or the surrounding areas.
It's not going to wow the teenagers, but for older audiences or those with young kids it is spot on.
The Vicar's Picnic is another of those organic festivals that has grown up from a back garden party. It's taken on a life of its own and developed a loyal annual fanbase who snap up the reasonably priced tickets every year. With just two music stages and a DJ tent plus a small spoken word area and some choice food and drink stalls, The Vicar's Picnic doesn't overstretch itself, and the quality of the music for 2017 couldn't be faulted.
Smaller stages94
Site layout96.3
Site art90.9
Food offer89.6
Security and stewards90.9
Toilets and cleanliness92.6
Programme information92.3
Transport / parking94.6
Value for money95.3
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You can’t go wrong with an audience made up largely of people in their late forties and early fifties with a set of Mod classics: From the Jam. You’re also on a winner when Tom Hingley and the Kar-Pets belt out some timeless tunes from Tom’s Inspiral Carpets days – they were never the same when he left.

Glass Peaks brought some welcome contemporary indie action to the big top, but you couldn’t fault Rudy Warman and the Heavyweather for their original roots/blues/funk/psyche fusion or indeed Walrus for some blistering psychedelic blues up on the main stage.


Funke and the Two Tone Baby was in a relaxed mood for a man facing a 500 mile drive and two more festivals over the next 24 hours, but his loop-pedal mastery was as on point as ever and the crowd loved every second.


Back out on the main stage The Devil’s Cut Combo elevated the mood with a service of boogie-woogie original gems, whereas Days are Done chilled the mood with their set of soulful country-styled Americana.


The crowds at The Vicar’s Picnic 2017 were a delight, with the 3,000+ audience comprising the widest range of ages and everyone clearly having a fantastic time, either watching the bands, sampling the food and drink, checking out the comedy or poetry or simply relaxing on the grass having a chat with family and friends.

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