Homelands (festival)

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Homelands festival at the foot of Cheesefoot Head - geograph.org.uk - 15114.jpg
GenreElectronic music, dance music
Dates1999 - 2005
Location(s)Matterley Bowl near Winchester, Hampshire
Founded byMean Fiddler

Homelands was a British music festival which consisted mainly of dance music, both live acts and famous DJs. The event was held at Cheesefoot Head near Winchester, Hampshire, and was one of the most popular British festivals of this genre. It was run by the Mean Fiddler. The organisers of Homelands were also behind the Home Nightclubs chain including Home Nightclub in London and Sydney.

A Scottish edition of the Homelands festival also existed. In 1999 a Homelands Scotland occurred at the Royal Highland Showground near Edinburgh. In 2000 a similar event occurred close to New Cumnock in the south of Scotland.

Yearly editions[edit]


Homelands festival was on 29 and 30 May 1999. It took place in ‘The Bowl’, Matterley Estate near Winchester, Hampshire – the site of the ‘Creamfields’ festival the previous year.

There were nine themed arenas, as follows, with an amazing mix of performers. There are a few acts [Roni Size, Basement Jaxx, Jungle Brothers] that I cannot recall where they performed.

The Home Arena – had the first live Chemical Brothers plus Asian Dub Foundation, Monkey Mafia, Paul Oakenfold, Fatboy Slim, DJ Shadow and Paul Van Dyke.

The MixMag Arena – had a live set from Underworld, plus Faithless, Red Snapper, Dope Smugglaz, DJs Carl Cox, Deep Dish, Gilles Peterson and Darren Price.

The Essential Mix Arena – featuring Radio 1 DJs Pete Tong, plus Paul Oakenfold, Sasha & John Digweed. Radio 1 did a live broadcast from this tent featuring Judge Jules, Danny Rampling and a 4-hour Essential Mix.

The End – hosted by the London club – had two arenas.

The End 01 – a deep house tent, featuring Terry Francis and The End Sound System (Mr C, Layo and Mathew B) plus Darren Emerson, Dave Angel, Stacey Pullen, Laurent Garnier and Carl Cox.

The End 02 – a drum’n’bass arena with DJ Hype, Andy C, Krust, Bryan Gee, Fabio & Grooverider.

Slinky - Bournemouth’s “superclub”

US house club Lyall - featuring New York DJ Danny Tenaglia playing a 10-hour set

There were also two arenas hosted by alcohol sponsors


The 2000 festival took place on a very wet Saturday 27 May 2000. The line included BT, Moby, Public Enemy and Leftfield.


  • Ericsson @ Home Arena
Ian Brown
Public Enemy
Paul Oakenfold
Armand Van Helden
Paul Van Dyk
Scratch Perverts
David Holmes
Dope Smugglaz
Dave Seaman
Jeremy Healy
Johnny Moy
Adam Freeland
Dan & Jon Kahuna
Jason Bye
Alfie Costa
  • Radio 1 Essential Mix Arena
Pete Tong
John Digweed
Nick Warren
Lee Burridge
Craig Richards
Parks & Wilson
Col Hamilton
Stewart Rowell
Alex Taylor
  • Slinky & MTV Dancefloor Chart Show Arena
Judge Jules
Paul Van Dyk
Brandon Block
Alex P
Graham Gold
Hybrid feat. Chrissie Hynde
Ferry Corsten
Luke Neville
Lisa Lashes
Garry White
Tim Lyall
Gordon Kaye
Guy Ornadel
  • Subterrain & Ultimate Base Arena
Carl Cox
Sven Vath
Mr. C
Darren Emerson
Layo & Bushwacka!
DJ Sneak
Jim Masters
Trevor Rockcliffe
  • The End's Drum & Bass Arena
Andy C.
Ed Rush
DJ Hype
MCs Fats, Dynamite, Moose & Rage
  • Back2Basics/Deep South/Highrise Arena
Danny Rampling
Jon Carter
Justin Robertson
Junior Sanchez
Steve Lawler
Ralph Lawson
Adam Freeland
Jacques Lu Cont
Rebel Crew (Scott & Robbie Hardkiss)
Jenga Heads
James Holroyd
  • Ministry House Party
Darren Emerson
Davie Reid
Nick Warren
Danny Howells
Gareth Cooke
Future Shock
Barry Ashworth
  • Ericsson MYH Arena
Robert Owens
Juan Atkins
Kevin Saunderson
Sister Bliss
Groove Amada (DJ set)
L.E. Bass
Evil Eddie Richards
Dave Mothersole
T Joy
Richard Grey
J Jeff
DJ Vee
  • Bud Ice Bus
Richard Fearless
Norman Jay
Jon Carter
Bob Jones & Justin Robertson
Tim Carbutt (Utah Saints)
Jools Butterfield
J. Swinscoe & Tom Chant
Robin Lurie (percussion)
  • Bacardi B-Bar
Gilles Peterson
Faze Action
Patrick Forge
Ross Allen
Stuart Patterson
  • Radio 1 Outdoor Sound Stage
Judge Jules
Danny Rampling
Seb Fontaine
Dave Pearce
Daniel Bailey


Officially called "We Love Homelands" it took place on 28 May 2005 from 1pm to 5am. Headliners included The Streets, Beck, Roots Manuva, Mylo, The Bravery, Audio Bullys, Babyshambles, John Digweed and Dimitri from Paris. Medicine 8 performed in the festival's 'Strongbow Rooms'.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2005 line up". Archived from the original on 18 January 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2005.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°02′58″N 1°14′47″W / 51.0495°N 1.2465°W / 51.0495; -1.2465