Cool new festival alert!
If you only do one festival this summer, then make it Devon's newest little cracker, Laufest.
“I’d like to dedicate this song to someone named Laura, who couldn’t be here tonight. But we should all dance this one for her”.
So said the legend that is Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters at last year’s Glastonbury. And as he began to strum the first notes of Everlong, what felt like the whole of Devon (me included) exhaled seismically with a mixture of relief, disbelief, sheer joy and pride. The Grohl had just done the unimaginable; he’d heard about, thought about and gone about paying tribute to a local legend named Laura.
So what’s the relevance of this little piece of history? Well it’s the very moment that inspired Devon’s newest burst of colour on the festival radar. Last year, the founders of Laufest lost a friend, a wife and one of the world’s good eggs, who’d campaigned relentlessly for young people to check themselves regularly to prevent breast cancer, something Laura was diagnosed with at just 29. She was 37 when she lost her battle, just weeks before the Foo Fighters got wind of her story and were inspired themselves by her life.
And what a life it was. A party girl, who embraced every moment – Laura was someone with serious FOMO, the kind of girl with an infectious vibe who everybody felt they could be mates with. So a festival has been born in her honour and it’s awesome, championing all of the things that were so important to her: family, friends, music, good food and having the very best time you can. And it’s all in aid of charity Coppafeel! (who Laura incredibly managed to raise £70k for).
So why should you put this one in the diary and snap up tickets pronto?
Well, if the fact it’s for a really good cause isn’t enough, for starters, your one-day ticket will actually grant you access to 3 full days of fun, with camping – at £45 for an adult ticket, that’s a bargain!
Expect some great bands, lip-smacking grub, open-air cinema (with *that* view out to the Mewstone), glitter, flamingos and loads of little surprises along the way.
Music will cover all tastes (there’s even a freaking silent disco!), as will the food and drink. Plus, its intimate size will make it one of those lovely little festivals that feels safe, inclusive and special. The Muddy clan rocked up last year and we all had a whale of a time, even though we’re not really hardcore festival types, and so I can highly recommend it whether you’re a novice or a festival warrior.
So, if you fancy a really feel good weekend in July, bring your sparkles and prepare to wear a cheesy grin for the duration – Laufest would love to see you.
When: 27 – 29 July
££: Adult ticket £45, child ticket £10, family ticket (2 adults + 2 kids) £100
For line-up details and tickets visit: laufest.com