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The next incarnation of Lee Denny's Kent festival is a Peter Pan-inspired neverland where revellers "never have to grow old"
By IQ on 13 Dec 2017
The organisers of UK festival LeeFest – which began life in 2006 as a party in the garden of the family home of teenager Lee Denny, and grew to a 5,000-capacity event in the ten years since – have announced Neverworld, a new festival for 2018.
Replacing LeeFest (subtitled ‘The Neverland’ in 2016 and 2017), Neverworld will debut next August on the former LeeFest site at John Darlings Farm in Kent. Described as a “step up from a traditional festival”, the event will be divided across three “realms”, with all festivalgoers encouraged to join one of three tribes – the Pirates, the Mermaids or the Lost Boys – and take place across 11 stages.
Musically, Neverworld will continue to be programmed by the team behind LeeFest, which has helped launched the careers of many formerly emerging artists, such as London Grammar, Years & Years and Bastille, although the focus will be on creating “fully fledged immersive worlds” for festivals. Capacity will be limited to 5,000 ticket holders and 250 artists.
“Instead of just a festival, we want to build a whole new world for our community to thrive in”
“The story of LeeFest and its origins in my back garden all those years ago was the seed for something incredible, but it’s time for the next chapter,” comments Denny. “When we started this crazy adventure we did so by pushing personal boundaries and creating something awesome for our friends. However, now the story is much bigger than us.
“As the LeeFest community has snowballed, so have our ambitions. Instead of just a festival, we want to build a whole new world for our community to thrive in – a world that encourages growth and creativity. Discover your inner pirate, mermaid or Lost Boy. Welcome to Neverworld – a place you never have to grow old.”
Neverworld 2018 will take place on 2–5 August. Tickets are available now from www.neverworld.co.uk.
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