The great British festival. Some love it, some loathe it. You're either frolicking around in sunflower fields with glitter-stained cheeks and twirling a baton or sandwiched between sweat-covered bodies whilst aggressively jumping up and down in cramped tents.

I personally can’t get enough of them. I’m not sure if it's because of my love for being outdoors or perhaps my penchant for day drinking. Either way, I love the feeling of losing yourself to an intensely different world.

But if I’m being completely honest, I’m now slightly over the dirt and grit of some UK festies, and have been on the hunt for something a little more cleaner, classier, but still with that same level of other-worldness.

I still want to feel like a fairyland creature running through forests towards high-tempo music, but I’d rather collapse into my own bed at the end of it all instead of a shoddily erected four-man tent.

When I first spoke to John Empson, a promoter behind On The Mount at Wasing, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

John had previously founded the Eden Sessions in Cornwall at the Eden Project, and has since worked on numerous other live music ventures.

These have included Wilderness Festival, Citadel Festival, and Summer Salt.

“We were blown away when we first looked around Wasing,” he said. “It’s got such an individual identity. With Wasing we could really see how a festival would work here.”

John and his business partner Ollie have also done shows at places such as the Bath Royal Crescent and Warwick Castle. 

“Our thing is interesting sites,” John said. “We’re not that interested in just plain fields with a big fence around them.”

When I asked John what attendees of the festival can expect to see at this year’s On The Mount at Wasing, he said it will be quite the experience. 

“This is something we have really worked on,” he said. “I find it very disappointing when you turn up to a show and visually it isn’t so exciting.”

John explained how the car park will open early at Wasing and there will be lots of food and beverage on sale as soon as people arrive.

There is also a 10-minute woodland walk to get to the arena.

“In that walk, we want people to decompress. Lots of weird and wonderful things happen in the woods there,” John said.

“There’s people smudging you, burning incense, art installations. Eventually you come out of that and you’re into the arena. It’s magical really.”

On The Mount at Wasing will run on multiple weekends throughout June, tickets available at