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Tunbridge Wells: LeeFest to become Neverworld when it is held in the summer of 2018

By Angela Cole

Organisers of the popular music festival LeeFest have announced it is to rebrand as Neverworld for 2018.

The festival, which is held between Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks, is known for its big name acts and new music, but also its humble beginnings in Lee Denny’s parents’ back garden in 2006.

Now attracting 5,000 revellers the festival, which saw Kent band Slaves announced as its last minute, surprise act last year, will be held from Thursday, August 2 to Sunday, August 5, 2018.

LeeFest will be called Neverworld. Picture supplied by LeeFest

For the Neverworld weekend, festivalgoers will be encouraged to join one of three tribes - The Pirates, The Mermaids or The Lost Boys to take part in the experience over three realms.

It will have 11 stages, designed to encourage a childlike sense of exploration and discovery, with 250 renowned and upcoming acts.

How one of the LeeFest announcements was staged in Tunbridge Wells last year

Past years have also see the likes of London Grammar and Bastille perform.

Speaking about the unveiling of Neverworld, founder Lee said: "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.

"When we started this crazy adventure we did so 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. We want to build a whole new world for our community to thrive in. Welcome to Neverworld - a place where you never have to grow old."

LeeFest is to become Neverworld

Acts have not yet been announced, but venues include The Neverwoods with The Fortress and The Circus; a workshop and family programme in The Native Encampment, Mermaids Lagoon which will have 100 tons of sand on The Beach, hosting garage, house and disco, Skull Ridge and the Gentleman Starkey's Cabaret Club.

Neverworld takes place from Thursday, August 2 to Sunday, August 5, 2018.

Tickets are now on sale. To book go to neverworld.co.uk

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