2012 lineup, news and rumours
UPDATE 25/05/12: Unfortunately Golden Down has been cancelled, with organisers releasing the following statement:
It is with much regret that we announce the cancellation of Golden Down festival for this year. Unfortunately due to a number of circumstances beyond our control we have come to the realisation that we are unable to stage the festival that we had originally conceived; one that would meet the high expectations of both artists and audience.
We would like to express our sincere regrets to the artists, and to everyone who has been working hard trying to bring Golden Down to fruition. We’d also like to thank the fans who’ve already bought tickets, and can only apologise that we are not able to deliver the festival that you wanted. Ticket holders will be automatically receive a full refund from their ticket agents or see the below offer from Glade Festival.
Acts intended to play included Four Tet, Roots Manuva, Lee Scratch Perry, Kerri Chandler, Hercules & Love Affair, Mount Kimbie, Thundercat, DJ Ease, Clean Bandit and Lorca. To view the full line-up, click here.
Ticket exchange for Glade Festival
As fellow independent pioneers of the electronic music scene, Glade festival has kindly stepped in to help soften the blow of the cancellation of Golden Down. They are offering all Golden Down ticket holders admission to Glade festival (usually £135) in a direct exchange
Golden Down promises to "not only provide you with audible treats and visual delights to stimulate your senses but also great bars with local beers, ciders and wines"
With a capacity of just 5,000 you can expect a intimate event, with the greatest attention to enjoyment detail.
History and facts
Tim Massey, founder and owner of Golden Down festival has been organising Nelson Mandela’s multi-artist charity concerts across the world for the past 8 years, including Mr Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration concert In Hyde Park attended by over 40,000 people.
Music stages and other entertainment
Black Bush valley has never been used to stage a festival and the organisers chose it exactly because of the magical areas within it. The chill out area will be housed within a stunning beach wood overlooking the valley, whilst the dance tent will be in a magical woodland setting on the opposite side. The main stage will be found at the head of the valley offering superb views for the audience
Artist will play from noon onwards, and after entertainment includes a hand picked selection of the best DJ's in the danc tent.
Food and drink
There is a broad selection of fantastic bars on offer supplemented with award-winning fresh food at fair price.
Location and travel
Held on Black Bush Valley on the Matterley Estate, Hampshire, below are some helpful travel details.
The closest train stations is Winchester Station, which has direct routes to and from London, Brighton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Matterley Estate has direct access to the A31 dual carriageway and the A272 main road, the Sat Nav postcode for the event site is S021 1Hw
If you are joining from abroad, Southhampton International Airport is 12 miles away, however you can use public transport to travel from Heathrow and Gatwick