Where Are You This Week: It’s time to ditch the heat and head to the chillier climes of the North. I’m in the United Kingdom for my first ever British festival. I know the Brits can get downright crazy at these shindigs, so I’ve selected a modest boutique party referred to as LeeFest to ease my way into the English festival scene.
Inform Me About The Festival: LeeFest has one of those origin stories that is becoming legend. Ten years ago, Lee Denny started a modest backyard festival although his parents had been away on holidays. In the ten years since that first bash, LeeFest has turn into an award winning boutique festival. If you haven’t heard of the bands on the bill, you will. LeeFest has a talent for selecting tomorrow’s next large British acts. The little attendance combined with a fancy dress theme provides LeeFest its own distinctive style.
Estimated Attendance: two,000/day
Lineup Sampler: Every little thing Every thing, Circa Waves, We Are Scientists, The Huge Moon
What Tends to make This Festival Stand Out: The theme. I was blown away by the particulars of the Neverland festivalscape that LeeFest created for this year. The 3 distinct areas each and every had their personal personality full with fully dressed volunteers dancing on the elaborate sets, participating in mock battles, or posing for photographs with little ones. The artistic touches that filled LeeFest makes me believe that the organizers may even have much more fun developing this festival than I had partying at it.
Who Attends This Festival: This is a regional fest with most of the crowd from the greater London region. The age range is across the board, like families mixing it up with hen/stag parties and fancy dressed festies everywhere.
What Would You Modify: Not much. If I had to complain, the campground sat on the side of the hill. But then once again, I was 50 meters from the entrance of the festival and toilets, so entirely worth it.
The MFW Beer Index: $ six.25 for a pint of craft beer
Payment System: Money.
Household Friendly Aspect: 9 out of 10. Families are very welcome at this festival along with a designated camping region. It is not uncommon to see young children playing nicely into the evening hours.
Would You Return: If you’re tired of the mega-festival scene, LeeFest is the antidote. Every person in my camping location partied as challenging as any other festival I’ve been also this year, but the atmosphere and small size provides it a extremely chill vibe. I’m already functioning on my costume for next year.
Specifics, Information, Specifics
Where is it and How Tough is to Get There: LeeFest takes spot on a farm about an hour south of London. There’s no shortage of trains that will take you directly from Victoria Station to 1 of two shuttle drops. The closest airport is Gatwick, which took me about forty minutes by train to the nearest shuttle location. For these who want to drive, there’s ample parking that is also extremely close to the campsites.
Where Do I Sleep: You could commute from London every single day, but I definitely recommend picking up a tent along with a few supplies and camping out for the weekend.
Acquiring To and From the Festival: There were two shuttle bus pickups at the Edenbridge Town and Tonbridge train stations. Departures happened each and every thirty minutes or so until about midnight.
Consuming and Drinking: It’s an independent festival, so no shitty beer sponsors. LeeFest provided a welcome choice of craft beers and mixed drinks. There have been about a dozen food trucks at the festival featuring pulled pork meals, grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream, and Mexican meals.