The JoeFest Story
JoeFest tickets are now on sale, and this is why we’re so excited.
Back in the days before our friend Joe had a beard, we put on a party in the back garden for his 18th birthday.
We had bands, DJs, Hawaiian shirts, a BBQ, and for some reason Joe’s mate Tom was awarded the (actual) University of Warwick’s cheerleading trophy.
We’re still not entirely sure how that ended up at our house, let alone why he won it. But the important thing is that we had a really good time, so we decided to do it again.
The last known whereabouts of the University of Warwick’s cheerleading trophy – on top of the piano.
Unfortunately, during the course of JoeFest 2015, Mum’s raspberry bushes had been distressed, so we were told that we’d have to find a new venue.
And besides, the back garden was probably a bit too small, anyway; particularly as Dad had decided he was going to invite his mates from the pub as well.
So, for JoeFest 2017, we made the executive decision to borrow someone’s farm – and got some big names involved.
Admittedly they weren’t actually there, but by naming various things at the festival after the likes of Nelson Mandela and David Bowie we felt that JoeFest was beginning to step things up a gear.
And it wasn’t just the fact that we named bits of the field after celebrities: There were more bands playing on a bigger stage, JoeFest featured overnight camping for the first time and we bought an entire Morrisons’s worth of buns to serve breakfast in the next day.
In other words, JoeFest was beginning to feel like a bit like a proper event.
In spite of the fact that JoeFest II was bigger and better than the year before, however, one thing remained very much the same: It was another huge team effort.
That, really, is what JoeFest is all about.
Things have got a bit more serious since we borrowed a job-lot of plastic chairs and scattered them around the back garden. We’ve hired proper security people, rather than stood one of Dad’s mates outside the garden gate with a clipboard. Food will be provided by proper cooking-types, so we won’t need to fire up the family BBQ. We now sell hundreds of tickets, some of them to people we don’t know – a far cry from the days when it was just a small group of some of our closest friends.
As proof of the team effort & community feel to JoeFest, here is a picture of various friends of ours helping to put up a big tent.
Although there have been a lot of changes, we still put JoeFest on so that we can have our mates – and anyone else who wants to come – round to play some music, have a few drinks and spend the weekend having a bit of a laugh.
So, if you fancy joining us, we’ll see you in August for another fantastic instalment of JoeFest.