Fast forward to 2016 and the 10th anniversary of LeeFest. This year it presents: The Neverland. Running from 28 -30 July the festival promises a “stunning musical line-up” along with a host of other entertainment opportunities.
Inspired by the wisdom of Peter Pan, this year the festival’s motto is “Never grow old”. You’ll find three realms and of course 3 tribes; The Lost Boys, The Pirates and Mermaids.
LeeFest 2016 is presenting an enticing mix of established artists and up-and-coming acts.
Dividing itself into The Neverwoods, Skull Ridge and Mermaids Lagoon, Leefest has something for everyone. The Neverwoods is for the those seeking indie, electro and poppy goodness featuring the likes of Roots Manuva and Lianne La Havas. It’s also the place to discover the new artists such as The Big Moon. Skull Ridge is the place to find your grunge, rock, punk and hip hop. Mermaid’s Lagoon is the polar opposite, with disco, techno, garage and house.
Those of you who are accustomed to less mainstream sounds will be familiar with acts on this year’s bill such as: Skinny Girl Diet, Dinosaur Pile Up, Hannah Lou Clarke and Demob Happy. The bill will also feature 2015 Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet.
Fear not, if plenty of those names don’t ring any bells, LeeFest’s past line-ups have hosted such heavy hitters as London Grammar, Jack Garratt, Years & Years, and Clean Bandit…so it’s pretty safe to say if you’re not already familiar with the names on this year’s list, you will be soon.
Music and embracing you inner Peter Pan aside, lurking in Skull Ridge, there will be more grown-up activities such as burlesque, adult cinema and casinos to tempt people away from the tranquillity of the Mermaid Lagoon’s hot tubs. Leefest also offers a variety of other entertainment categories comprising Comedy, Spoken Word, a generic Performance classification, and the very intriguingly-titled Sillyness.
The only decision now is which tribe do you belong to?
LeeFest – The Neverland takes place July 28 – 30 near Turnbridge Wells, Kent (about an hour south-east of London) and tickets are still available. See leefest.org