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Lincolnshire’s brightest musicians to perform at one-day indie music festival

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An alternative music festival boasting some of the county’s brightest talents is to hit Lincolnshire this summer.

JoeFest is a one-day music festival that takes place at Stourton Estates, near Horncastle on Saturday, August 5 and celebrates local music from Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.

Joe Davies, 20, the man behind the festival, told Lincolnshire Reporter: “JoeFest is all about bringing people together to have a good time.

“The event started out as my 18th birthday party a few years ago but has developed into a small music festival offering an intimate setting for musicians and music lovers to experience up and coming talent from the local area and further afield.

“There are a lot of great artists in Lincolnshire that we want to celebrate.”

Leeds-based band Krrum, who appeared at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull, headline the event and after their sell-out gig at The Engine Shed in January, Lincoln six-piece The Pylons will also feature on the line-up.

The festival will hold up to 500 guests and almost one-third of the tickets have been sold already.

The full line-up for JoeFest

Joe believes that his festival brings huge benefits for the musicians performing and the people attending.

“Not only is it a place for musicians to perform to new audiences, it is also an opportunity for musicians to meet each other and network.

“We’re hoping that musicians will be able to get more opportunities off the back of being at JoeFest.”

Tickets for JoeFest are available to the public and can be purchased online costing £19.99 for a regular ticket and £8.99 for under-16s, plus a £1 booking fee per ticket.

Camping on the Saturday night is also available with the ticket.

Gates open at 10.30am where the music will run from 12pm until 11pm featuring 15 different acts across the day.

The Lincoln TapHouse and Kitchen will be providing food for the event and the on-site bar will sell local real ales and craft beers.

Joe, who will be performing as part of The Pylons, has high hopes for JoeFest and would love to expand the event.

“I like the idea of the festival growing so it can accommodate more acts and more festival goers but I think the ethos centred around new music will always be there,” he said.

“I’ve been to a lot of big festivals where you don’t know many people in the crowd. What makes our smaller event exciting is the fact that lots of people from local communities will see people they recognise and also be able to meet like minded local people too.”

“I’m also interested in putting on more music events in the city throughout the year. At the moment though we’re just focusing on this year and making it as good as it can be which will hopefully put us in a good place for the future.”

For more information visit the JoeFest website.