Houghton Festival

Background

Houghton was a new show brought to the UK festival scene in 2017 by the same team behind Gottwood festival, curated in collaboration with Craig Richards.

The electronic music and arts festival is set in the grounds of the beautiful Houghton Hall in Norfolk, offering wellness activities and talks, art installations and tours as well as a music line up running day and night from Thursday to Monday morning.

For 2018 the line-up including returning talent such as Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Nicolas Lutz as well as Houghton debut performances from Jane Fitz, Zip and Pearson Sound. The artistic offering was also expanded with new installations as well as an art tour including an exhibition of Damien Hurst’s sculptures.

Challenge

Having worked with the Gottwood team in 2016, the producers approached The Fair to join them on their new venture at Houghton Hall, covering health and safety for the event.

The new site included multiple venues, some that were located in natural bowls in the forest, which meant it was challenging to make ingress and egress safe. The festival also ran 24/7 from Thursday afternoon til the early hours of Monday morning, meaning the team needed to alternate shifts to cover the live days.

The 2018 show was made particularly challenging due to the summer heatwave. The team took care to ensure there was welfare provision for both staff and festival goers in the heat.

Delivery

  • On site H&S during elements of build, break and entire live show
  • SAG attendance
  • ESMP
  • RA
  • FRA

Results

  • Sell out show for second year in operation
  • 15,000 capacity
  • Amazing reviews including those from Mixmag, Crack Magazine, Resident Advisor and Skiddle
  • No tent thefts from the campsite in 2018

Crack Magazine

“From the music to the setting to the crowd, the festival, which is curated by Craig Richards and run by the team behind UK mainstay Gottwood, is about as good as it gets. Taking place amongst the trees in the English countryside, on the grounds of Houghton Hall in Norfolk, the festival felt somehow private, like the scene’s best kept secret that everyone knows.”

 

Skiddle

“If only this festival could go on for just a few more hours, or in fact a few more days. This is a festival that nobody ever wants to leave, yet again serving as the finest festival of the year, particularly in the underground circuit.”

Photos: Courtesy of Houghton Festival