ENCOURAGING people to have a good time is the primary message of virtually every festival across the UK, but at Fieldview it ran through the core of every single weird and wonderful aspect.

It soon became clear that the crowd of around 3,000, as well as the volunteers, were there to have a good time. Even the parking attendants who directed drivers to their spaces were bopping around as if the car park was in fact the main stage.

While that again applies to many other festivals, there was an overwhelmingly positive atmosphere at the Little Somerford site from arrival right through to departure – a feature which really stood out as the shindig celebrated its tenth anniversary in style.

This was only buoyed by the range of wacky games on offer which ran alongside the music and workshops, thought up by the festival’s caped ‘Games Masters’, including speed dating, wheelbarrow races and the aptly named Drum and Bass Pass the Parcel.

The latter in particular was a big hit on Saturday afternoon until the music was curtailed due to rock band Drogo starting their set on the neighbouring stage - an organisational oversight which put a slight dampener on proceedings, but not enough to completely douse the fun.

Fun and games aside, Fieldview is also about showcasing the most promising acts from across the UK. The festival’s booking team clearly have a keen ear when it comes to predicting future talents with names such as Bondax, Ben Howard and Lucy Rose playing in the past before hitting the big time.

And there’s very little doubt that some of the upcoming acts on this year’s billing will achieve similar acclaim. This applies to perhaps none more so than indie outfit Spring King, whose catchy cuts had the small but captivated crowd nodding their heads and tapping their toes throughout their Saturday evening set.

Before the four-piece took to the main stage, Youngr delivered arguably one of the festival’s stand-out sets. The multi-talented one man band, who uses a loop pedal to make it sound as if he’s up on stage with a full ensemble, provided the perfect soundtrack to Saturday afternoon’s scorching sun with a highly polished set, ending with his euphoric cover of The Temper Trap’s ‘Sweet Disposition’.

Topping the bill on Friday night were Submotion Orchestra, who definitely don’t fall into the ‘newcomer’ bracket. Their signature sound, which draws influences from dubstep, jazz and electronica led by Ruby Wood’s haunting vocals, was a real hit with the crowd - as was to be expected with a band four albums deep and counting.

Other musical highlights included Melt Yourself Down, who finished their full-on Saturday night set by encouraging a mass stage invasion, and stalwart Bristol reggae collective Laid Blak."We really enjoyed our set, there was lots of love in the crowd and beautiful weather,” said group founder DJ Bunjy after coming off stage. “There's a brilliant atmosphere here and it's not too crowded, which gives it a very nice feel.”

Fieldview started out as a family gathering after the Cameron brothers, James and Dan (who are now the festival's directors), declared to their dad that they wanted to throw a party. Ten years on, it maintains that quaint garden party feel where everybody is made to feel at home while providing an eclectic array of musical talent. It’s easy to see why people are keen to return year after year.

Speaking after the festival, Dan said: “It couldn’t have gone any better. The bands were fantastic, the weather was great and there were lots of people having lots of fun.

“With the help of the brilliant team of volunteers, we’re able to make something pretty unique with a very special atmosphere, good quality honest fun and thousands of people having fun in a field together.

“Now it's on to the next one.”