Photos of Leefest 2013, a small but perfectly formed non-profit festival in the south of England

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

LeeFest was first born back in 2006 when founder Lee Denny decided to throw a party in his parent’s garden after they’d gone away on holiday. It went so well, a second party was thrown, with the not-so-legal bar raising £150 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

His parents naturally found out, but tolerated another two years of their back garden being churned up until the festival – now attracting 600 people – moved to his school’s playing fields.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

In 2009, the festival bagged the Best Grassroots Festival Award, and by 2012 had moved to a new site in the countryside and was pulling in crowds of excess of 2,000, with all profits going to charity.

This sounds like the kind of festival I like, so I popped along on the Saturday to take a few snaps.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

LeeFest is about as small as a proper festival can be, serving up one main stage and a smaller marquee stage, a DJ tent, a small performance tent and a ‘beach’ surrounded by hay-bales.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

The crowd is much younger than at most festivals – and I imagine for many it’s their first ever festival, with the fun boosted by the seeming lack of parents on hand.

Its location close to London and Croydon – backed by the regular festival buses from the site to Bromley South and East Croydon –  meant that quite a few folks headed home every night rather than trying to sleep under canvas in the searing evening heat.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

My extremely smoky camp-site neighbours.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

On the main stage, which boasted a very impressive PA system and light show.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

The beach area.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

In the smaller marquee stage.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

All We Are on the main stage.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Basking in the heat.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Back in the marquee tent.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

On the hay bales by the beach.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Some bloke doing something with a clock face in the performance area.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

To Kill A King  pulled in an enthusiastic crowd on the main stage.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Temple Of Boom dance tent.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Camp site troubadour.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

The Noisettes were fabulous: lively, loud, brash and fun.

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

Photos of Leefest 2013, an award winning non-profit festivalat Highams Hill Farm, Bromley, South East London, UK, 12th-14th July 2013

LeeFest took place at Highams Hill Farm, Sheepbarn Lane, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9PQ.

I enjoyed my stay at LeeFest – it’s a very friendly, non-corporate affair with a big heart and a lot of enthusiasm, put on by people who clearly love what they do.

It’s not a festival for all night, party-loving ravers though (the site closes down early) but it’s certainly one of the nicest festivals I’ve been to, with a spot on ethos too.

Read more about LeeFest  here.