Embrace your inner tribal warrior for a four-day festival which asks you to join one of three tribes. Angela Cole reaches for the war paint to preview Leefest’s Neverworld
You’ll need to make decisions before you can don the eco-glitter and colourful festival gear for next week’s Leefest’s Neverworld. Organisers of the four-day event with 11 stages require festival-goers to make a choice before they head in for some summer vibes in the Kent countryside near Hever.
You can one of three tribes: The Pirates, The Mermaids or The Lost Boys.
The festival, which has been running for more than a decade and has been in the county for three years, wants a fun and easy-going feel for its 5,000 visitors alongside its serious music business. Big names will join up-and-coming acts and local bands for the massive music event.
Chart-topping trio Clean Bandit will headline, appearing on the Friday night. On Saturday night, Bastille will perform while other bands booked include New York rock veterans We Are Scientists, singer Rae Morris and singer-songwriter Declan Mckenna.
It’s a rare festival appearance for fourpiece rock band Bastille, known for hits including Pompeii and Good Grief – they last played Leefest in 2012. The Brit Award-winners and Grammy nominated band also have a new album on the horizon.
Clean Bandit, who will tease fans with new tracks from their upcoming album, have topped the charts with hits including Rather Be and collaborations with Marina & The Diamonds, Zara Larsson and Sean Paul.
Also on the line-up are Hey Zues, the Afrobeat-pop sensation AADAE, Asylums, DJ Abbie Mccarthy, All The Above, Amapola, China Bears, Cove, FOXE, JC Palmer, LUCIA, Muffin, Orestea, Placid and folk-metal collective Scars of Sense.
Annabell Allum will bring emotive slacker-rock to the stage alongside indie four-piece Childcare, Duncan Smith and grunge act Five Kites while critically acclaimed Auckland pop star Fazerdaze join Asylums.
BBC Introducing in Kent is presenting Ten Tonnes, Marsicans and singer Fenne Lilly.
Other acts include Brighton-based Yonaka and Youth Sector with Lion and breaking new acts Whenyoung, Be Charlotte, Bloxx and Fazerdaze.