Enough to leave Sir Robert in a trance?

It may have been home to Britain's first prime minister, but one of Norfolk's most notable stately piles is being wired up for a three-day electronic dance music festival.

The Glade Festival was supposed to be going ahead at Mansion House, Biggleswade, in Bedfordshire.

But that arrangement fell through, and so it has been hastily rearranged to take place instead at Houghton Hall, near Fakenham, next month.

Festival director Anselm 'Ans' Guise describes the one-time home of 18th-century politician Sir Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, as 'a beautiful setting and perfect for what we're trying to achieve'.

Glade originated from the Glade Arena at Glastonbury Festival and became an event in its own right in 2004. For the first five years it was held on the Wasing Estate in Berkshire, and some 16,500 people attended the 2007 festival.

It was held at Winchester in 2009 but was cancelled last year because of money troubles and has now been scaled down to a 5,000-capacity event.

The festival will take place on June 10, 11 and 12, and Mr Guise is working with Secret Productions, the team behind The Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire. He said: 'Glade grew too quickly and stopped being what we wanted it to be. Lord Cholmondeley at the Houghton Estate has been amazing and given us a great opportunity to relaunch the festival back in its original form.'

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He added: 'We want the estate and the local community and authorities to be happy with us and we'd love to come back.'

Mr Guise said there was a strict no-drugs policy; anyone aged 13 to 17 was not allowed in; and under-12s accompanied by an adult were allowed free admission.

Headline acts include Trentemoller, Drumcode Records, Global Communication, Andrew Weatherall, Photek, Dreadzone, Krafty Kutz and Dub Pistols.

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