Festival season beckons, meaning tough decisions on what to reach this summer have to be made. Beyond the Dekmantels, the Unsounds and the Houghtons, however, events like Cosmic Roots Festival are offering a cheaper, intimate alternative. Worlds apart from the usual suspects often found guilty of booking lineups largely interchangeable with one another, explorative programming is cited as one of their core principals – featuring the likes of Elena Colombi, Jamie Tiller, Gatto Fritto and Ramzi, an inaugural lineup was testament to this.

Cosmic Roots continues in this vein for its sophomore year, inviting much of the 2018 lineup back to Norfolk alongside some new faces. Taking place from 18th to 21st July, this year’s festivities welcome Lullabies From Insomniacs founder Izabel, AVA. mainstay Damiano Von Erckert and Glaswegian boundary pushers 12th Isle to name a few. Alongside esteemed promoters, labels and collectives that include Inner Totality, Good Block and Super Hexagon, these additions will only enhance an event gaining a reputation as a destination for adventurous ears.

Situated within East Raynham’s 18th century Walled Garden, high-quality sound specification and immersive site production complete the blueprint that made 2018 such a success. Building on this, attendees are promised a festival combining the spirit and ethos of UK free party culture with the exploratory curation that defines European festivals like Camp Cosmic and DT Camp.

Earlybird tickets have sold out, but it isn’t just the punters holding Cosmic Roots in high esteem. Returning for the second year, Rinse FM host Alex T describes it as “a breath of fresh air,” adding that there’s a “familial atmosphere thanks to its intimacy that often feels lacking in the UK.” Already building on a strong reputation solidified last year, he doesn’t think its long before they’re “challenging Field Maneuvers or Freerotation for title of the best small festival in the UK.”

Cosmic Roots Festival takes place from 18th-21st July – buy tickets here.

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