How it all started…
During a hot summer of 2006, Lee Denny’s parents left him home alone for one week.
Lee and his friends were given one simple rule; do not have a house party!
Aged 16, they figured that technically a festival in the garden wouldn’t count, right?
In one week they booked a lineup, built a stage and sourced an under the counter bar.
LeeFest was born. A community of like minded souls came together to celebrate life and the creation of music and arts (aka party!)
The festival rapidly grew in size and stature. Awesome people travelled from across the UK, Europe and eventually from around the world to contribute their energy and ideas; to join the growing community of kindred rebellious spirits.
LeeFest’s fierce sense of independence and rebellion lead to a support for new music, arts and creative endeavours that was awarded ‘Best Grassroots Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards and ‘Best Festival’ at the Association of Independent Music Awards.
Ten years later, Lee and the team were given an ultimatum by life and it’s pressures to conform. A seemingly unavoidable question for everyone aged 26; when are you going to grow up and get a real job?
Scared by the risks involved but inspired by the community that had snowballed around them, they decided to give their dreams one last shot. A shot across the bows of the establishment. A shooting star to inspire anyone that’s felt pressure to give up on their dreams in the name of ‘growing up!’
The challenge was to create something worthy of that community of like minded souls that was now international and thousands strong. Their answer was to build more than just a festival: to create an entire immersive world where everybody felt free to be the person they knew they could be. Where everybody could hold onto the curiosity and wonder they were born with. A place that nobody had to grow old.
They called this magical kingdom Neverworld.