Never Grow Up at LeeFest: The Neverland

The latest Pan-demic to hit Tunbridge Wells.

In recent years, ‘growing up’ seems to have lost its charm. In July 2016, we live in a world where the over 25s are joining eight-year-olds playing Pokemon Go, still watching cartoons and eating candy – albeit perhaps with our favourite tipples – following the Nineties resurgence. And we love it. It’s no wonder we’ve been dubbed the ‘Peter Pan generation’. As if things couldn’t get any better, LeeFest is on its way to further satisfy our appetites for escapism…

Borne out of teenage rebellion, ingenuity and a desire for just making things happen, LeeFest returns for its tenth year this weekend with The Neverland: a Peter Pan-themed festival set to deliver an immersive kingdom of music, arts and partying for those looking to let their hair down for a weekend of debauchery.

From Thu 28 – Sat 30 Jul, the three-day event promises a psychedelic world of creativity set to redefine the festival experience as we know it, with a world of entertainment to be found around every corner. Across its three distinctive realms, visitors can explore their undiminished desires of never growing old, whether it’s strolling through the picturesque forests of The Neverwoods, discovering their dark sides at Skull Rock, or diving into the shimmering scenes at Mermaids’ Lagoon.

Of course, there’s music too – and lots of it. Spread across three main stages and 12 music venues are headliners Lianne La Havas, Circa Waves and Ghostpoet, joined by many incredible established and emerging acts, from the likes of Everything Everything and We Are Scientists to Clean Cut Kid, Shura, Spring King, Nai Harvest, exmagician and Will Joseph Cook.

With a backdrop that will no doubt win over fans of JM Barrie’s mischievous boy who could never grow up, The Neverland is filled to the brim with fantastical exuberance, going far beyond the wildest dreams of all those who wish to venture past the second star to the right and straight on til morning. Imaginations need not extend to glitter wrestling and paint fights – The Neverland makes them a reality, bringing scenes from 1991’s classic Hook to life. Bangarang, indeed.

LeeFest takes place at St John Darling’s Farm, nr Tunbridge Wells, TN8 5NP from Thu 28 – Sat 30 Jul. Day tickets from £20, weekend from £99 – click here  for more.

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