PREVIEW: LeeFest, John Darlings Farm, Edenbridge – 28-30 July 2016


LeeFest, renowned for its literal grassroots story of starting in Lee Denny’s back garden in 2006, is taking its plot to another level this year. After its sabbatical in 2015, the award-winning independent festival is back, bigger and better than ever, for its tenth anniversary. From 28th July to the 30th July, festival-goers will get lost in The Neverland. It’s time to stock up on your faith, trust and pixie dust, because it’s guaranteed to be a magical few days.

This year, LeeFest is moving to a different location—the aptly named John Darlings Farm, near Tunbridge Wells, to be exact. The festival will play host to The Neverland, a “spectacular, immersive kingdom of music, party and arts”. If you’re one of the lucky ones who get to attend this incredible weekend, it’s time to pick your tribe from the three realms. Will you join the Lost Boys in the Neverwoods, get up to mischief in Mermaid’s Lagoon or dedicate your weekend to piracy at Skull Ridge?

If the theme wasn’t already amazing enough, the weekend’s lineup – which will be set across 3 main stages, 6 immersive arenas and 12 entertainment venues – is certainly not set to disappoint. Headliners for the weekend include Ghostpoet, Everything Everything, Lianne La Havas, We Are Scientists, Circa Waves and many more incredible artists. As well as all of that, festival goers can look forward to sets from a number of sick DJs, comedy from the likes of Sam Fletcher and Annie McGrath, plus a smorgasbord of burlesque, cabaret, drag queens, glitter wrestling, visual art performances, a tranquillity spa, a treehouse stage – and the list goes on. Head to for full details about what this year’s wonderful installation has to offer.

This is certainly not a festival to miss and most definitely not the time to grow up, so set your sights on the second star to the right (and straight on ‘til morning), and we hope to see you there!



By Dominique Fennell

The Verse Staff

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