With much happening in London this year, it is difficult to decide where to put your summer money. If the big festivals seem costly or you fancy something more intimate, why not come down to Kent for LeeFest?

Another reason would also be its connections to the University of Nottingham; the festival’s founder, Lee Denny, who runs the festival with a team of friends, is a Nottingham graduate. LeeFest had humble and rebellious beginnings as an event Denny threw in his garden in 2006 while his parents were on holiday, showcasing local bands whilst entertaining visits from the council and the police because of complaints about the noise. From there, the festival has had a meteoric rise with acts such as DJ Fresh and British Sea Power performing and won the Best Grassroots Award at the UK Festival Awards in 2009.  The non-profit music and arts event is heading for another successful year with Mystery Jets leading a lineup consisting of Summer Camp, Raf Daddy (The 2 Bears), We Were Evergreen, BIGkids, To Kill a King, Tom Williams & the Boat, Broken Hands, Lions, and Public Service Broadcasting.

Others are to be announced in the coming months. Not much has been revealed about the remaining acts apart from that there may be some surprises this year. Denny has said, “We’ve been concentrating on new collaborations with individuals and collectives to make the festival even more diverse and creative. Everything is secret at the moment but it’s going to be raucous onsite!”

LeeFest will take place on the 29th and 30th June 2012 at Highams Hill Farm in Surrey, just twenty minutes away from Bromley and Croydon. With weekend camping tickets priced at £60, it sounds like a good call.

Emily Shackleton

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