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8th, 9th & 10th August 2014 - Croft Farm Waterpark, Gloucestershire

History

Lakefest was born unofficially on April 9th 2011 when Croft Farm Waterpark hosted its inaugural music and cider festival.

The 2011 effort was essentially a giant cider festival (over 32 different ciders available and real ales aplenty) accompanied by some great music from The Wurzels, Avert Francis and The Roving Crows. Over 9000 pints of cider were enjoyed by revellers that shared a super special day in the Sunshine. It was an epic experience for everyone and the so the “lads” (organisers) chose to grow things a little in 2012…

As with all things like this the budget was blown and a ridiculous calibre of bands was booked including: EMF, Athlete, Reef, Dodgy, Toploader, Chesney Hawkes and many, many others. Being our first year, we were massively optimistic on our ticket sales and despite a massive turnout the finances prior to the opening of the festival were dire. Despite this the “lads” didn’t scrimp or save on any element of the festival. Karma played out and Lakefest 2012 was a monumental success getting rave reviews from guests and the local press. Wow, the local response was fairly overwhelming and resulted in shortlist places (top 3, 2012) at The UK Festival Awards for Best Small Festival, Grass Roots Festival, Best New festival and Best Family Festival.

It’s been a meteoric rise but we have vowed to stick to the friendly, slightly hippie West Country roots and continue to build a festival friendlier and more fun than any other. As you can probably tell by the price of the ticket, the “lads” are more interested in “legacy” and “memories” than financial gain. So much so, the organisers publish their personal telephone numbers if people want to talk to them. That’s unheard of but a testament to the beliefs of the organisers.

It’s been decided that we should make it a three day event in 2013 and have more world class bands to accompany the world class scenery, activities, beers and many ciders…

The plan is still never to be a Reading or Glastonbury but build something special for special people that want to come, drink, laugh lots, dance and party. A Latitude without the commercial edge is the vision…

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