The lowdown on Hijacked Festival

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Photo credit: Hijacked Festival

Back for its sophomore year, Hijacked Festival – the nomadic electronic music and creativity-embracing experience that ‘hijacks’ idyllic urban locations – is heading back to Exeter on Saturday May 30th.

Hijacked Festival is the result of four friends’ desire to do something better. Frustrated by the lacklustre nightlife in Exeter, where electronic music was barely even catered for, Harry Horsfall, Will Millner, Laurence Mulchrone and Freddie Sparrow realised they could do better. Of the last three years, their Thick As Thieves events have helped transform the Exeter nightlife, bringing a taste of the underground to the most atmospheric venues in the city.

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Photo credit: Hijacked Festival

Last year, buoyed by their success, the Thieves embarked on an even more ambitious feat, presenting an intimate daytime party in a picturesque inner-city location where electronic music takes the focus – a hijack. The first Hijacked Festival event was a triumph, selling out.

With a stunning lineup this year headed by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, tickets should definitely be snapped up. We had a chat with Harry Horfall, one of the organisers, to give us the lowdown on the upcoming festival.

So tell us – what’s Hijacked all about?

Hijacked Festival is the culmination of four years of running parties (as Thick as Thieves) with all of our passions combined to create the ultimate party experience in the form of a festival.  Every time we do something we try to push the boundaries and this is our most ambitious year to date. We have worked really hard and eagerly await Saturday May 30.

What are some of the highlights we can expect to see at this year’s Hijacked?

We have lots of surprises in store. These include increased levels of production, sound, art installations, a larger site and even a free hot air balloon ride. A vast variety of excellent artists will join us along with all of our original talented DJ crew.

Out of all the festivals this year, what do you think makes Hijacked stand out?

We have approached the music line-up in an innovative and unique way, considering a broad range of genres. We hope to book acts that people won’t necessarily  know but will really enjoy – and so Hijacked becomes a way for them to discover new, exciting music. The unique location – the grounds of Powderham Castle – is also really original and will keep the festival intimate, which is something we feel is important.

What has been the most rewarding and hardest part of running Hijacked for the past few years? 

It has been a challenge to persuade artists that Exeter is a good place to come and play, competing with offers of Berlin, Barcelona and London, but nonetheless it’s a challenge we have overcome time and time again. Securing TEED (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) for a DJ set has been incredibly rewarding. Seeing the whole Thick as Thieves family grow in their different roles and continue to produce forward-thinking parties is very special. This hopefully Is just the start!

Tickets can be bought here.

Nichola Koh

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