In an attempt to raise £50,000 so that it can grow to a 5000 capacity festival whilst remaining sponsor free, LeeFest is attempting to raise the money through crowd funding website Kickstarter, handing over creative control of the festival to fans in exchange for small investments in its development.
The homegrown festival, run by Lee Denny and a team of friends, was founded in his back garden in Bromley, Kent in 2006 whilst his parents were away on holiday. It has since exploded onto the festival scene, renowned for its focus on supporting emerging artists.
Denny (25) explains his motivation behind the move:
‘A community of creative and energetic people has been snowballing around the festival since it began. In order to grow the festival we were faced with a choice to sell out to big sponsors and investors, or do something different. We owe our current success to the amazing individuals involved, so raising finance from the people and giving them creative control of the festival in return seemed perfect!’
Find out more and back the project here
Named 2012’s “Best Independent Festival” by the Association of Independent Music and shortlisted for “Best Line Up 2012” at the UK Festival Awards, LeeFest returns to its rural location just south of London this July, for three days of cutting edge sounds, arts, activities and general festival mischief.
Acts so far announced for this year's festival are Delphic, The Other Tribe, King Charles, Public Service Broadcasting, Man Like Me, Fiction, Stanton Warriors and No Artificial Colours.
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