The electric, energetic and ‘good times all round’ Social festival is back on 29–30 September, bringing a taste of Ibiza to the UK’s South East.

One of the last chances to don your wellies and shake your hair to some massive dance tunes, the Social Festival is the perfect way to wave goodbye to this year’s festival season.

Set in the idyllic Kent county show ground, the beautiful green fields create a calm and unspoilt setting to a weekend that’s going to be far from calm, if the last few years are anything to go by.

The Social Festival is celebrating its 5th birthday this year, giving us even more of an excuse to rave in celebration of this boutique electronic dance music festival.

Packed with plenty of the biggest names in house and techno over the two-day event, including Carl Cox, Cassy, D’Julz and The Martinez Brothers – who are just some of the acts gracing the Meadow stage on Friday this year.

Saturday brings the arrival of three more stages packed with some of the best underground dance acts around – The Stables, The Caravan and The Barn, which is this year presented by one of dance music’s most important institutions: Fabric. The Barn will be bringing in Iceland’s rising star Bjarki, Function, Helena Hauff, Nina Kraviz and more.

The Barn is presented by one of dance music’s most important institutions: Fabric.

While back over on the Meadow Stage, the collaboration between three of Paris underground’s hottest exports Apollonia are set to headline. Joining them, the likes of Butch, Emanuel Satie, Sasha & John Digweed will be providing the soundtrack for a Saturday full of foot tapping and hip shaking.

At The Stables stage, Glasgow born and bred Jack Revill – better known as Jackmaster – will be mixing some tunes; as well as South African ‘afropolitan’ house music producer Black Coffee, production and DJ duo Adriatique, Guy Gerber and more.

The festival organisers have also suggested that they have some big suprises in store in celebration of the half-decade milestone. That added to the fantastic line up and gorgeous surroundings, we can’t wait to see what The Social festival has in store this year… Happy 5th birthday, the Social Festival!

‘We couldn’t have made it five years without each and every one of you. Expect some big surprises, some even bigger production and a huge lineup. I can’t wait to show you what we have in store. Let’s celebrate together.’
– Festival curator and local Nic Fanciulli

The Social Festival takes place on 29–30 September at Kent County Show Ground, Maidstone. For full lineup, more info and tickets, head over to their website: thesocialfestival.com.

Words by Rhiannon Thomas