On Campus: JoeFest

Written by Music

Lincolnshire’s JoeFest, which began life as a back-garden birthday party and is run by third-year History and Politics student Joe Davies, announced Fickle Friends as its biggest headliner to date.

The Brighton indie-pop outfit, who entered the album chart at number 9 with debut release You Are Someone Else, lead a line up which will feature some of the UK’s most exciting emerging talents: Radio 1 favourites Boy Azooga, future stadium headliners OUTLYA and queen of BBC Music Introducing Abbie McCarthy will join a host of highly-promising local and national artists.

For Joe Davies, whose 18th birthday saw the founding of the festival in 2015, this year’s line-up has surpassed all expectations: “JoeFest started as a crowd of 60 mates gathered in front of the decking in our back garden, so it’s incredible to be able to say that Fickle Friends will be joining us this year. Four years ago, that prospect wouldn’t have even crossed our minds”.

Following some accidental damage to Joe’s Mum’s raspberry bushes, the festival had to move and eventually found a home in the gorgeous surrounds of Lincolnshire’s Stourton Estate. Now, a community of dozens of people work throughout the year to put on what has become a 1,000-person event.


Where? Stourton Estates, Horncastle, Lincolnshire

When? 10th-12th August, 2018

Who? Fickle Friends (headliner), Boy Azooga, OUTLYA, Abbie McCarthy (DJ Set), Patawawa, Indigo Husk, and many more

Price? £40 for standard weekend camping


“It’s amazing how many people are keen to help out”, adds Joe. “Last year we scratching our heads trying to work out where we were going to serve the drinks, and the next thing we knew someone turned up with a homemade bar in the back of their van. In recent years Lincolnshire hasn’t necessarily been the number one choice of destination for touring artists. I know a lot of people are working very hard to change that, and I’m really pleased that we’re going to be able to play our part this year.”

Amongst the up-and-coming talent preparing to grace the stage at this year are Patawawa, recently announced in NME’s top 100 bands for 2018, energetic London four-piece Indigo Husk and local band The Shrives, whose debut album was produced by none other than Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.

The festival’s line up has been curated in association with BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire, with a whole host of local talent set to be announced next month.

Having sold out of early bird tickets within a week, a limited number of discounted weekend camping tickets for the 10th – 12th August event are now on sale for just £25 at joefest.com. Regular-price tickets will cost £40.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joefestofficial/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearejoefest/

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/234241730440918/

Last modified: 30th April 2018

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