Forbidden Forest returns this year at the new impressive Belvoir Castle location, and welcoming names such as Marco Carola, Franky Wah, Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones and loads more. With the festival around the corner, we spoke to the organisers and got the lowdown on what fans can expect…
How are you, what’s good?
All good! Great to be back in the game after the time we no longer speak of!
Who is behind Forbidden Forest and what was the initial idea for the event?
Forbidden was created by Ravers for Ravers. Bored of the usual clubbing environment of warehouse’s or tents in a field, we created a show that catered for the clubber that wanted something different from their usual festival experience.
What is the vibe of the festival and who is it for?
Intimate, cool with feel good vibes. If you love raving, nature and electronic music then forbidden is for you.
What makes it unique, what is the production vibe?
Alongside a great USP of Forest Raving, we have 4 amazing stage creatives with completely different themes. Each stage lends itself to different music genres and production runs in line with music style.
With expanding to two days, how does that change the offering, what does it mean you can do extra?
We previously ran 2 Forbidden Forests a year, bookending festival season at the start and end of summer, promoting ourselves as the first and last rave of the season. Now moving into the heart of summer in July with a 2 day weekender with camping, taking the headache out of the journey home and the expense of a hotel.
Tell us about the location and what makes it special.
This will be our first year at Belvoir Castle. Located on the Leicester and Nottingham border it is the ideal location for all of the Midlands. Set in the heart of 10,000 acres of lush forest and parkland, the new site will be without any doubt our best location and biggest festival we have ever produced.
You have lots of different stages, do they all have their own look and feel?
Making its first appearance back in 2018, The Reactor is based on the towering power stations that consume the skyline of the UK’s motorways. Increasing in stage size by over 70% and this year featuring a Tech line up an Ibiza super club would be envious of Ft: Marco Carola, Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Patrick Topping + much more
In the darkest corner of Forbidden Forest lies the old crooked House. Dilapidated over time the and historically home to Drum and bass, 2022 see’s a complete revamp of the stage plus a switch up of music genres with the Kooky House being the new home of House Music Ft: Gorgon City, Sonny Fodera, John Summit, Low Steppa + much more
Made to withstand a nuclear blast and modelled on a dooms day Bunker, we are excited to introduce this new concept into the Forest this year. No need to worry though as the only bombs that will be dropped are by our amazing Techno line up Ft: Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick on the Saturday and Andy C, Subfocus, Dimension + more providing us with a Sunday Service of DnB!
Measuring a massive 35 metres wide, the new Industria stage will be the biggest stage ever to grace Forbidden Forest. This big open area will be home to some of the biggest live artist on the scene right now from Chase & Status, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Craig David and AJ Tracey to name a few
What are the core values of the festival, what do you want to be known for?
When we first came up with the idea of Forbidden Forest in a car park services 7 years ago our aim was always to create a festival for the Ravers. Keeping ticket and drinks prices at a reasonable cost and to create a festival the Midlands could be proud of. Showcasing the biggest artists from around the world and building an event
Tell us about the boohoo stage and why they are the right partner?
Fashion and Festivals go hand in hand, plus we have the same target audience and age demographic so it made for a great collaboration.
How important is it to you to use local upcoming djs as well as big names?
We have always supported up and coming local Djs and talent, we have over 40 playing this event. We feel its our duty to do so and it is really impotent to us to give a platform to those who need it. I was a bedroom DJ once and I remember the feeling I had when I got my first gig out. The Midlands has some incredible talent that deserves to be showcased.