Bastille supporting LeeFest’s independence campaign
Festival organisers offering creative control to fans...
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 16:39
Band of the moment Bastille are one of several acts backing the #growLeeFest campaign to keep the award-winning festival independent.
Indie five-piece Mystery Jets and Bestival organiser Rob da Bank are also supporting LeeFest, which is attempting to raise £50,000 so it can grow without financial investment from commercial sponsors.
LeeFest – named 2012’s Best Independent Festival by the Association of Independent Music – hope to raise the money through crowd-funding website Kickstarter by allowing festival-goers to join its board of creative directors in exchange for small donations towards its development.
“A community of creative and energetic people has been snowballing around LeeFest since it began,” explained 25-year-old festival director Lee Denny, who rebelliously founded the event in his back garden in Bromley, Kent in 2006 whilst his parents were away on holiday.
“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!”
Previous performers at LeeFest include DJ Fresh, The Futureheads and Bastille, while Delphic and MTV Brand New for 2012 nominee King Charles are two of the acts announced for this summer’s festival on 12/13/14 July.
To make a pledge to LeeFest and watch the campaign’s video, click here.
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