Jeff Mills and Nastia amongst those playing three-stage event, held in Orrell Hill Woods this July

With last year’s season completely wiped out, the prospect of heady summer festival days seems ever more tantalising as we embark on the uncertain road to normality - currently planned for 21 June.

Now organisers of The One in the Woods are seizing the moment, with a brand new music festival designed to help revellers put lockdown woes firmly behind them. Held in Orrell Woods, 20 miles outside of Liverpool, the three-stage event will make its debut from 17-18 July and is offering two-day COVID-protected weekend passes and afterparty tickets for £65.

According to its trippy blurb, ‘you will be invited to break free from the boundaries of space and time and lose yourself on three different stages of music provided by world-class [techno, drum and bass] talents including Jeff Mills, Ben Klock, Rebekah, Lucy, Nastia, Perc, Slam, Sub Focus, Camo & Krooked, Friction, DJ Marky, Fabio & Grooverider, Lauren Lo Slung, Bontan and many more.

‘This sure-to-be-labyrinthine event encourages you to explore the enchanted woodland setting, get lost in the trees, follow the sound of the bass and experience alternative realities a million miles away from everyday life. It will be a setting for music lovers; with mesmeric production, crystal clear sound and welcoming crowds of people eager to leave behind the 9-5, or the confines of their own living room, as much as you are. 

‘Next to three stages of carefully curated music, there will be hosts of mouth-watering food stalls, fun attractions and boutique extras all dotted around the site to make it a perfectly escapist and mystic world to explore the summer.’

Organising the festival is The One, a group of friends - with deep roots in the drum and bass scene that goes back to the early noughties - who have worked together for many years in both Liverpool and Manchester. They formed The One in 2019 and, when COVID scuppered plans for a launch event, decided to instead start planning for the brand’s first fest; securing a 5000-capacity woodland site with strong access links to both cities, including train stations and bus stops within walking distance of the entrance and extensive car parking facilities.

They promise ‘a stunning debut event that brings something new and exciting to the region, all in a magical setting that will make for a beautiful backdrop.’

For more line-up info, and to buy tickets, visit Skiddle - or check out the festival website. 


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