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out and meet local stars but remember they may have crazy demands. Consider if they fit your image and most


importantly do they sound good? A band called Guts & Gore, for example, won’t fit at a festival that’s all about peace. Audition a wide range of bands; find out what makes them tick. The same goes for businesses you may partner with. Want a company that promotes charity? Find one. The venue matters too! You’ll need somewhere that people will want to return to time and again. Whether it’s an arty spot or a field on a farm, choose a place that people will want to be.


you can and believe in yourself and you’ll create something truly awesome!


Share the magic


Your festival is supposed to be fun; a celebration of the summer, of the people you’re with, of those that made it happen and life in general. Many smaller festivals nowadays donate much of their profit to charity; LeeFest donates everything. You don’t have to go that far, but do think about less fortunate people. If your festival is free, have a


Be fLexible for tickets, donate some of the proceeds to charity. Remind your


donation box. If you’re charging


You may have a very clear vision but remember nobody has a monopoly on ideas. Your priority may be about giving to charity, but you may have to work with a landowner who is more


commercially minded. Perhaps you only want Djent heavy metal bands, whose musicians sport beards, playing at your festival. But this is such a small sub-genre that it may be impossible to find enough bands to perform - and will anybody come? If your guests don’t like the music, you could have a problem! Make exceptions when and where you have to. Be prepared to compromise.


Set it free Be bold. A festival should push


the boundaries to create


something great for all. If you have an idea, run with it! Do what


revellers that their celebration is helping to make the world a better place.


Happy festival-ing!


Everybody loves a summer music festival


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