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Highams Hill Farm, Sheepbarn Lane, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9PQ
12th - 14th July 2013
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"Wonderfully intimate, a resounding triumph" - www.VirtualFestivals.com
"Best Independent Festival 2012" - AIM Awards
LeeFest exists on the belief that a festival should be about bringing a community of people together to celebrate the best musicians and artists of the moment and to construct an environment of unbounded creativity.
A far cry from the profiteering of some larger festivals, LeeFest is entirely run by volunteers, ensuring that all its revenue is used to build the event and support local charities. Despite a capacity of just 2500, it has already captured the hearts of the nation’s press in support, hosted performances from the likes of Mystery Jets, and won many awards.
LeeFest is held on a small working farm, just on the outskirts of Bromley and Croydon in Kent. This beautiful rural location is just 15 minutes from either town centre, making it easily accessible from Central London, Kent and Surrey. If you’re particularly nimble, you can leave London Victoria station and within in an hour be watching a band with a beer in a field!
This July LeeFest will play host to a wide variety of artistic collectives working in collaboration with the homegrown festival, organisers have revealed.
Collaborations range from acapella campfire singing with Ultrasounds to the Penge Pong ping-pong championship. Party collective Wonderland return to their regular LeeFest spot to host the annual paint fight, as well as a new addition for 2013 – glitter wrestling!
Literary highlights include Apples and Snakes, the UK’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word, and Whistlestop Theatre, bringing Shakespearian comedy (with a twist) to SE London.
The LeeFest cinema will be hosted by Union Works, offering an eclectic programme of films over the festival weekend, and Tickled Pig return to provide some comic relief, alongside a new show from celebrated stand up comedian Max Dickins.
The homegrown festival, run by Lee Denny and a team of young volunteers, was rebelliously founded in his back garden in Bromley, Kent in 2006 whilst his parents were away on holiday. Noisettes, Delphic, King Charles, Friends and Clean Bandit are already on the music bill for 2013.
Named 2012’s “Best Independent Festival” by the Association of Independent Music, the festival has recently grabbed headlines for taking the extraordinary step of allowing fans to join its board of creative directors. By raising money through crowd funding website Kickstarter, the LeeFest organisers plan to double the size of the event whilst safeguarding the festival’s non-profit status.
The full collaborative line-up is here: http://leefest.org.uk/lineup/collectives/
Line-up includes: Delphic, King Charles, The Other Tribe, Man Like Me, Stanton Warrirors, No Artificial Colours, Public Service Broadcasting, Fiction, plus more TBC.