After our exclusive chat with Festival Republic boss Melvin Benn yesterday, we continue our introduction to TFF by moving away from some of the big players in the Festival Republic stable such as Glastonbury, Reading and The Big Chill to move things more homespun – literally. Across the river to Northern Ireland, where Forfey Festival has entertained a few hundred music fans on a family farm, gather the bands who are making the loudest, softest and prettiest noises from the local area, with a few international bands since 2006.   The festival was captured beautifully in a documentary last year. You can view it at the bottom of the page.   TFF chatted to Forfey founder Matt Minford about why he started the festival, the bands he loves, and where he sees the festival landscape going over the next few years.   How did Forfey get started? It all started really because our family farm, which was previously my granddads, had been unused since he passed away around April 2001. After a couple of years I began thinking of what we could do to put the place to use - and having toured a lot between 2003-2006, we'd made a lot of friends in other great bands, and one thing lead to another and it seemed to make sense to get everyone we liked from Northern Ireland, as well as a few international guys we knew, down to the farm and do a show, starting in 2006...well that was the intention!   But you didn’t have an entire festival at the farm until 2008, what happened? We didn't get granted an entertainment license for two years, so ended up running half the festival at a venue 20 minutes away, and having art exhibitions, camping etc, all at Forfey. In 2008 we got the license and it's been at the farm since then.   As for how we did it. The first couple of years were totally strung together, and seem very chaotic with hindsight. We've got a lot of great friends and supportive families who all pitch in and help out, and even though it's perhaps become a little more professional lately, it's still run that way.   Which other festivals inspired you when you were starting out? I'd been to a Dutch festival called Flevo in 2003/2004, and their attitude seemed to be that if a band was good at what they did, they loved it! Any festivals I'd been to before only put on bands that either were flavour of the month, or that sold loads of tickets. Flevo also treated all their bands really well, and those two basics of good artist treatment, and programming at a high standard of quality, irrespective of popularity, got the ball rolling.   What do festivals mean to you? A great programme is integral to a good festival, but I think regardless of why's and how's, the thing about festivals for me is a sense of community or together-ness.   What’s your favourite moment from your festival? When all the hard prep work is done and it actually begins...   What can you get from a festival that you can't with a live gig? Probably a bit like before - community. And a lot more spontaneity.   Would you say a festival is about the bands you put on, where you put it on or the people who come? For us, it's all three. In our first two years when the festival was run between the farm and a rock venue, it didn't take on anywhere near the character that it has now. The bands and programme are so important, and we've also got a great crowd of people who come along, so personally speaking, all three are vital...   Where do you see festivals going in the next ten years? Moving from the massive to the decentralised/local/alt-community.