|Off The Tracks Festival 2023
1st - 3rd Sep 2023
Donington Park Farmhouse, Melbourne Road, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, DE74 2RN, United Kingdom
Tickets for adults (with camping) from £100.00
One of the oldest British festival institutions -Off The Tracks returns for its Thirty Something anniversary 1st – 3rd September 2023.
Let’s cut to the chase up front, if you have never experienced the wonder that is OTT, (and you really should), then imagine a wild fever dream where your ideal pub held a festival all weekend, attended with a load of good friends and fellow kindreds, excellently curated, with cracking bands, and splendid food and drink. Sounds good? Also imagine on-site camping, with excellent facilities, where the atmosphere on this permanent camp site is as good as inside the festival. Hmmm – this is sounding very good, isn’t it? Well, my friends, that just about sums up OTT. No wonder our Reviewers always trot out the same strapline of a ‘wonderful House Party’.
Our FFA Reviewers simply adore OTT as a wonderful end-of-festival-season tonic. Take a look at the FFA Off The Tracks 2021 Review for just a hint of what goes down as this most venerable of festivals. More House Party than festival, the event is held at Donington Park Farm House in Derbyshire. The farm is heavily diversified, and the festival is held in old farm buildings centred around the old farmyard. But here’s the rub. Those same farm buildings host a permanent, year-round pub and diner! Better still, the campsite is a permanent year-round camping facility! So, proper brick build facilities, hardstanding and all the creature comforts one would expect.
The festival is held in various buildings surrounding around the farmyard itself (all under cover, including the farm yard!), with loads of sessions and happenings in the pub itself. Don’t forget that the pub also has a large dining area selling a variety of goodies all weekend, including venison (if that’s your bag) from the farm’s own estate. Expect a real ale festival, healing zone in the fields, enough stalls and the like, plenty for the kids, …oh, and some terrific bands. This year Dreadzone, These Wicked Rivers, Roving Crows, and Xander & The Peace Pirates feature amongst a host of other top acts… but there is real quality across all the stages at OTT. The organisers have been in the business a long time – and there is always at least one breakthrough act to take the breath away. Expect midnight live music sessions and a brilliant late-night scene.
But all the above is only the mechanics of the thing. OTT is all about the people. There is a wonderful vibe to the weekend. It’s an old school festival experience with all the creature comforts. One of the friendliest festival crowds on the circuit, and an absolutely cracking atmosphere.
Some tickets, priced at a bargain £100 for the weekend (including Friday & Saturday camping), are still available HERE. FFA Reviewers will once again be rocking up ‘cos we love it! Why not join us – it’s an excellent weekend.
Article by Barrie Dimond