Anything that Gilles Peterson is behind instantly gets our seal of approval, which is why we’re incredibly excited about the new festival he has curated: We Out Here. The worldwide family gathering is four days and four nights of impeccably programmed music from Gilles, Brownswood and Worldwide FM. A handful of names appearing over the extended weekender include Theo Parrish, Francois K, Ohjekt, Call Super, Skee Mask, Bradley Zero, Josey Rebelle, Mr Scruff and Awesome Tapes From Africa.
In addition to a pretty impressive cast of acts, attendees will also be able to swim in an onsite lake, attend secret cinemas, taste test independent breweries and have their children entertained at the same time. Youngsters can get involved with family yoga, tribal mask design, attend cookery classes, master the art storytelling and even learn how to knit. Also of interest will be the Big Fish Little Fish family rave - a dance floor suitable for toddlers.
Wellness is another big part of the festival, with emphasis on improving the mind, body and soul. You can relax with a massage or gong bath, or release some happy endorphins by joining in a bit of exercise with the Run Dem Crew.
Let’s take a closer look at all of the other essential information you need before booking.
For those not in the know, Abbots Ripton is the former site of the legendary now defunct Secret Garden Party. The sprawling natural venue is nestled in the East Anglian countryside near Huntingdon, a mere 70 miles north of London.
Tuned In Travel are laying on return coach transfer from the following origins: London, Bristol, Norwich, Nottingham and Manchester. Booking is essential.
The nearest train station is Huntingdon. The transit time is approx. 45min from King’s Cross/St. Pancras, with fares between £30-40 return and departures every half an hour during peak times. Shuttle buses will taxi attendees from the station to the festival site, operating between midday and 22:00 on Thursday & Friday, and 09:00 until 13:00 on Monday.
From Brampton Hut take the A1/A14 exit. Follow road signs to March & Ely (A141). You will cross four roundabouts. After the fourth, take the next left-hand exit signposted Abbots Ripton. Continue for approximately 1 mile, until you see the festival site on your right - you can’t miss it!
We Out Here encourages car-sharing or use of public transport to reduce carbon emissions and the event’s eco-footprint. On site parking is available at a fee, and booking prior to arrival is recommended. Ace Cabs and A Star Cars are the two local private hire firms working in the area. From the town centre to the site, the fare will cost you approximately £12.00.
Those after a bit of luxury should look no further than the Bedouin tents. With Persian rugs, Morrocan draping and Eygptian cotton sheets, these Arabic-inspired abodes feel like a sultan’s palace. Very majestic. Available to book for 2-4 occupants, starting from £750. This boutique camping option even comes with power sockets! More deluxe still as the Yurts, which sleep up to 6. Electricity is optional and all come complete with furniture for a really homely feel.
For those with more modest budgets, the Bell tents are a good bet. They may be basic, but they’re far from slumming it - still cosy enough for a couple or larger group. For ease of convenience, there’s the humble plastic tent - pre-pitched, meaning no fighting with the instructions. Or you can reserve a pitch and bring along your own mobile family vehicle for a small fee.
Food & Drink
We Out Here have really gone above and beyond in tailoring a selection of food vendors that would give Michelin starred chefs a run for their money. Help Refugees affiliate, Choose Love are running a supper club with Syrian chef Imad Alarnab - himself once a refugee - serving two set menus. Not only do proceeds go to a worthy cause, but at only £15 you are guaranteed an amazing authentic Syrian meal at an affordable price.
Other options include Indian-fusion En Root, which prides itself in offering healthy food, Urban Falafel providing Lebanese street food, Zoe’s Ghana kitchen serving the soul of west African cuisine, Happy Maki’s vegan sushi and the artisan Italian dishes of the Mortari brothers’ Arancina. In short, you’re never going to go hungry!
First release weekend tickets and day tickets are on sale now.