Devon’s addition to the much anticipated festival season is back for its fifth year, and bigger than ever. Vowing to put Newton Abbot on the map for British Festivals, we got the low down from Lemonfest’s Director, Matt Freemantle on what we can expect for 2016.
What the festival is about?
Lemonfest is a one-day festival that takes place in Newton Abbot, South Devon – surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside the South West has to offer. Our ethos is all about fun, and creativity, we love surprising people each year with new additions around the festival that you wouldn’t expect; from musical ice cream vans to space hopper races, from giant beer pong to a purpose built old english boozer. We feel a festival should be much, much more than just the line-up. That being said, the line-up is important too… and this year we have some absolutely stellar acts booked, including our first ever international band.
How/Why was Lemonfest created?
Myself and childhood friend Luke decided that the local area needed an event to be proud of, we were tired of Newton Abbot being left off the map in terms of live music and wanted to change that. The idea started in the pub, and kind of snowballed from there to the point that before we knew it we had a venue, a line-up and a shed load of infrastructure booked. 7 years later, we’re (against all odds) still going strong, and hope to welcome over 5,000 people this year.
What can we expect from this year compared to previous years?
We’ve made everything bigger and better this year, booking acts like Alabama 3, Beardyman and The Hot 8 Brass Band has been an absolute pleasure, and we cannot wait to see them perform for us on June 4th. Not only that, but we have our biggest ever dance music arena for 2016 – over 1,000 capacity on it’s own – split across our Drum & Bass and House/Techno tents. DOWNTOWN was a brand new immersive area we created last year, supposed to be our very miniature tip-of-the-hat to Glastonbury’s shangri-la, which this year is going to be bigger and better, and also sees the birth of our very own British countryside boozer – The Hairy Beaver. Expect the unexpected, that’s all I’ll say…