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

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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.

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