Friday 10 – Sunday 12 August: John Darlings Farm, Edenbridge

With less than six weeks to go, LeeFest is nearing what is set to be their most exciting show ever. Parcels, Zak Abel, Hey Charlie, Yassassin, Yowl, Lissy Taylor and some extra Special Secret Guests join the LeeFest Presents The Neverland lineup.

Since their very first festival in Lee’s parent’s back garden in 2006, LeeFest has become a thriving arts community that welcomes 5,000 revellers annually.

This year it is set to see Jake Bugg, Annie Mac, and Kate Tempest headline.

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Aussie-born and Berlin-based five-piece, Parcels, have quickly garnered a dedicated online following thanks to their funk-pop feelgood tracks.

Laced with funky guitars and dreamy vocals, Parcels’ latest single Overnight sees a very rare production appearance from Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, aka Daft Punk. Their debut EP Hideout has received widespread critical acclaim with both The Guardian and Clash counting themselves as fans of their 70s Chic-inspired stylings.

Fresh from two sold out London shows, Zak Abel has fast become an unstoppable force and one of the freshest voices in the UK music scene. Perhaps best known for his collaborations with Gorgon City, his debut single Unmissable is a summer party anthem on the rise.

British grunge-loving girl gang Hey Charlie also join the bill, as do newly formed alt-rockers Yassassin, who tackle social issues with high energy, evoking the sound and fury of forebears the like of Le Tigre, PJ Harvey, and The Breeders.

Peckham-based band Yowl will also appear on the already packed out lineup. They specialise in off-kilter riffs and sinister basslines, their jagged storytelling spirit is reminiscent of The National’s Matt Berninger meeting head on with Julian Casablancas.

Last, but by no means least, LeeFest will play host to an extra special secret performance…all will be revealed.

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Wonderful people...

Today I get to share some very exciting, slightly life changing (for me at least) news with you!

The story of LeeFest that I’m sure you know all too well (‘Lee! No house parties!') was the seed for something very special to begin.

For the past few years I have marvelled as this wonderful community of like minded souls has grown around me, and been awestruck at the way you have contributed to the festival; dedicating your ideas, your energy and your awesome spirit.

As our community has snowballed, it has felt increasingly wrong that something created by so many should be named after just one! We are therefore going to be starting a new story, with the focus on the whole community.

Experimenting with The Neverland has been the most inspiring and productive two years of our lives. It encouraged us to stretch our imaginations, broaden our horizons and be more ambitious than ever.

We are therefore making a commitment, that from this day forward we will no longer build festivals. Together we will build fully fledged, immersive, magical worlds. Worlds in which our inner children can thrive as we retrieve our sense of discovery together; through music, party and wonder.

As our community grows internationally, and at our current political junctures, we felt that the name for this new story should reflect the inclusive, safe retreat that it can provide, even if just for one weekend, for those from all persuasions and all walks of life.

LeeFest has taken me on the most incredible personal adventures, for which I will be eternally grateful. The original ethos of rebellion and DIY action will always be the driving force and I will still be living, breathing and working on Neverworld 24/7/365! The LeeFest story will live on forever, but it’s a story from the past and right now we have an opportunity to write the future...

Welcome to Neverworld. A place we never have to grow old.

Lee Denny
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Gwaaaan!!

Finlay Fuller

Wait so what does this mean for 2018 leefest?

Jonathan Goldie

Tim Norman Amber Buck-Burrows

Gabby Sharpe, fancy going?

Perhaps you could clear up all the rubbish left around the entrance this year unlike last year and year before at Chiddingstone. 😡😡😡

You going Jackie Colwell?

Weey BumbaClarke! Looking good man!

Shannon Laura 🎉

Katie Cubbage

James well this is just adorable

Wow, more amazing things to come

Congratulations Lee from small acorns 👏🏻🌳 Neverworld🌍

Angel Butler this looks amazing!!

Morgan Ball THE LOST BOYS N GIRLS

Great festival loved 2017

❤❤❤❤ love this x

Chelsie Jenner

Ayesha Barakzai August 2018 wifey ❤️❤️❤️

1:08 Felicity 🐠🐬💜💙💚💛🧡

Sam Pinder

Looking forward to this one!

Haha Sophie Howe amazing!

Ohh Matt BumbaClarke!

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LeeFest presents The Neverland is an immersive world that prides itself on both attention to detail and silliness. You might discover your home with the Mermaids of Mermaids Lagoon, the Pirates at Skull Ridge or join the Lost Boys in The Neverwoods.

As well as their need-to-know lineup of musical talent, LeeFest Presents The Neverland is colourful world of parties, workshops, delicious food, dance troupes, immersive performances, comedy, art and wonder.

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