Weary of the big festival experience but like the idea of dancing in the woods? Gottwood may be for you.

What’s it all about? Now in its second year, Gottwood is an underground electronic music festival (read: no Carl Cox or Fatboy Slim) with a mission. The Gottwood Twig Society’s only slightly tongue-in-cheek manifesto is urging punters to join forces to revitalise the UK’s  jaded festival culture and “get Britain raving again”. They pledge to create an eco-friendly festival experience with improved toilets, safe camping and better falafel stands. And if you like dressing up, there’ll be a theme to be announced nearer the time, last year’s was woodland creatures.

Who’s playing? It’s an eclectic line up covering all aspects of electronic music, with a strong focus on British artists young and old. You’ll know Jamie XX, veteran DJ A Guy Called Gerald, former scratch pervert Mr Thing and Dan Beaumont of Disco Bloodbath fame. LA’s premier DJ and Jamie Jones cohort Lee Foss, indefinable downtempo duo Kollektiv Turnstrasse and psychedelic disco twosome Round Table Knights will also appear, while fans of nu disco should look out for Cosmonauts, and trendspotters can put the hype surrounding Midland to the test.  Croatian festival Stop Making Sense and Corsica Studios’ Trouble Vision will also be hosting stages.

Where is it? In the middle of nowhere, quite literally. Taking place in a forest in Anglesey, Wales, it’s roughly 4 hours away from London. The nearest train station is Holyhead and the next village is Llanfaethlu – don’t forget your compass.

What should I take? As with all UK festivals, pack waterproofs, wellies and enough warm clothing for 4 days. You can take your own food and up to 8 beers or 2 bottles of wine, it’s also advisable to take emergency toilet roll and cash to avoid queuing.

Details: It runs from Thursday 30th June to Sunday 3rd July at Carreglwyd Estate, Llanfaethlu, Holyhead, LL65 4NY. Tickets are £80 + bf for the entire weekend.

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