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Hogsozzle: The perfect Glasto warm-up – Sun, music and hog

I’m standing in the middle of a sunny field. My head is bowed down in a crowd. A heavy bass-line thumps in time to my quickening heart beat. I scrabble around for a balloon filled of dry paint. Every time I think I see one, a burst of colour obliterates my vision. Yellow, orange, blue; by the time I raise my head to the sunshine I am a Pollock-esque masterpiece. I’ve just experienced the paint fight at Hogsozzle – an Indian Festival of Colours in a field near Stevenage.

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25 Hogsozzle: The perfect Glasto warm-up – Sun, music and hog

35 Hogsozzle: The perfect Glasto warm-up – Sun, music and hog

For those of you cursing your lack of ticket for 2013’s festival season, never fear – it’s time to start planning for 2014! And that’s where Hogsozzle (23-25 May 2014) needs to enter your consciousness; it is the perfect pre-Glastonbury warm-up.

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Picture an intimate festival full of like-minded people, great unsigned music and comedy, a stones-throw from London and roast hog and apple sauce thrown in with your ticket. Literally, what more could you want!? Oh yes, and it’s really reasonably priced at around £45 for the weekend too.

An eclectic mix of music will keep you dancing for three days; ska and reggae bands bring out the sunshine, DJs keep the crowds dancing till the wee hours in a rain-beating barn and comedy/music duo Jon and Ollie bring a gorgeous blend of talent and hilarity with their set (which I’m assured will be on 2014’s bill too). It is rare to find a festival where you can just sit back and enjoy the music without the pressure of ticking off all the headliners, but Hogsozzle fills that space.

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75 Hogsozzle: The perfect Glasto warm-up – Sun, music and hog

Booze can be brought into the camping areas and a large, constructed wooden bar sells good value alcohol til late. A well-chosen selection of food vendors, including Pandemania, the best wood-fired pizza I have ever tried, provide all the deliciousness you need. But let’s not forget the hog. Spit-roasted over a fire pit for two days, it’s tender and juicy and comes with sides of red cabbage, apple sauce and potatoes – I’m salivating just telling you about.

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93 Hogsozzle: The perfect Glasto warm-up – Sun, music and hog

If the hog and the paint and the music don’t quite do it for you, just watch this video from Hogsozzle 2012; I watched it and booked my ticket the same day and I’m so glad I did.

Written by Ruth Lee

Ruth loves to travel and loves to write. Director of social media at Citypress, she enjoys nothing more than escape, live music and very good food.

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