If there is one festival that is good value (£70 for a 3 day event) for and fun at the same time, it would be LeeFest. An award winning independent festival and everyone who went this year could see why that was the case. From Frisbee to Swingball (the pro version no less) massage tea parlours to musical bingo this compact site had it all. Sarah Tsang from Rockshot went along to find out more.
The sun blazed for the three days at LeeFest, something odd as it usually rains for typical British summer weather.We spent those days surviving the hot weather by grabbing bottles of frozen water and watching the bands under the tents and gazebos as well as sitting on the grass. Some great bands played including Noisettes, Delphic and Friends
Whenever I looked around, there was something to do even while waiting for the next bands to come on for their set. Things such as the sand pit area where everyone danced and did competitions such as wrestling. Something awesome that happened on Sunday, was where everyone threw coloured powder paint at each other.
Everyone that I bumped in to were chatty, and friendly, which you would expect for people who are taking a break from the world of work.
One band that stood out to me, was London Grammar, Colin Denny’s Lava Lounge tent was filled to the brim with half of the festival watching the second stage, which I found amusing because the band had more of a turnout than any of the bands on the main stage! Another of our favourites from the weekend Misty Miller appeared on this stage on Sunday
LeeFest ended on a high, and it made me realised that not all small festivals are bad, not all big festivals are great, so if you want to save your money, it is good to start with LeeFest to see up and coming bands and have more of a chance to meet people in a more intimate festival setting.
We wonder what next year has in store for LeeFest. Their recent Kickstarter campaign enabled them to raise funds to try and get the capacity increased from 2.5K to 5,000. At the moment they can certainly attract the big names and the main stage lighting and sound quality was awesome. The next step to attract a larger crowd possibly with the help of the Campfire Cabinet.
Live review for Rockshot by Sarah Tsang. Sarah has her own website here: http://www.relivethemusic.net/
Here is a full set of atmosphere shots from the festival.Do not use without permission.