Having just wrapped up its sophomore edition, Houghton Festival has already been lauded as one of the UK’s best festivals by more than a few respected music outlets and beyond. Its latenight license helps, as do its serene surroundings, but it’s largely because of its master curator—longtime fabric resident Craig Richards, who took a step back from his weekly slot at the club last year to focus on projects like Houghton. And now, Wonderfruit.
Thailand’s own boutique music and arts festival unveiled its second phase program yesterday, and fans of the underground were treated to something seriously unexpected—Craig Richards is taking over The Quarry this year and throwing what feels like a mini Houghton festival within it.
Called Collisions after his nights at fabric, the bill will see artists like Midland, Nicolas Lutz, Margaret Dygas, Bobby Pleasure, Felix Dickinson, Saoirse, Radioactive Man (live), Mathew Jonson (live) and Joy Orbsion—all artists that feature prominently at Houghton— descend upon The Fields. Craig Richards will of course be playing at Wonderfruit himself as well.
While no further information has been given about the curation or if any more names will be added, we’ve got it on good authority that details are coming soon.
The Quarry is Wonderfruit’s storied late night dance destination that typically goes until the Solar Stage takes over at sunrise. In the past, it’s been tucked away deep in the jungle. But with the festival moving to a new land this year, a makeover is expected.
Plenty more names were also announced across the festival’s six pillars, like Nightmares on Wax, Horse Meat Disco, Young Marco, Gidge, Fleetmac Wood, Goldie & The Ensemble, along with a handful of Japan’s finest selectors like Kuniyuki, and more. Activities across other pillars include an orchestra of gongs, yoga and community breakfasts. Renowned designers like the UK's Ab Rogers are also on board to design the festival’s new architecture.
See highlights from phase one and phase two announcements in the video below, and head to the website for the full program.
Photo credit: Gobinder Jhitta