September, Kelvedon Hall, Essex
Since 2018, ZEN Fest has carefully yet confidently become a much talked about event for those who like personal vibes, intimate dancing and friendly crowds. That’s because it was a festival born in a garden, so has never lost that personal touch despite becoming a nationally recognised event. ZENfest is all about the customer experience so people feel like they enter another world when they arrive on site thanks to the exquisite decorations and themes which mostly centre around the art of ZEN – so think dragons, pandas, bamboo and lanterns and you will be in the right headspace.
It is a festival that has always focussed on the small details that make the whole experience that bit more special – VIP sections with queue jump, private cocktail bars, luxury toilets, luxury seating and a private lakeside garden area. The location is a beautiful mansion house with extensive formal gardens beneath wide open blue skies. From the front of the house and facing onto a perfectly manicured lawn is the most incredible view of uninterrupted countryside, all the way to London on the horizon. Add in two stages with stunning visuals, world class sound and forward thinking stage designs and you have a festival that is all about ensuring a zen state of mind and hedonistic experience that leaves people desperate for more.
Say founders Stefan Poelman and Sam Cottrell, who were just 18 when they first started the Zen brand, firstly as a clothing range, “For us we just wanted to create the best event we could think of, we just wanted to include all the different things that we enjoy personally and could think of and turn it into a reality. We’re not just here to make money, we want the event to be the best it can be. You’ll definitely see us in the crowd on the day enjoying ourselves. We really are our own target audience.”
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