First Days Of Freedom

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Lympne, Hythe, Kent, England UK
Festival Description

The First Days Of Freedom is set to change the dynamic between event promoters and their audiences forever. The festival is all about FREEDOM. It marks the beginning of summer and also the beginning of life beyond education. Three nights of amazing parties and celebrations - with an edgy and fresh line-up that has been selected by thousands of school and college leavers directly after exams finish.

The First Days of Freedom is a unique proposition in the festival calendar that has been facilitated by Facebook. With almost 8,000 people joining their Facebook page since Christmas, people seem genuinely excited by the fresh concept of creating a real life social gathering from the online community and those Facebook numbers are the proof. 364 students from the event’s Facebook community have formed a committee which is integral to the promoters’ decision making process, helping to shape the event from the ground up, allowing committee members to leave their legacy, ensuring that their ideas really mean something. The door to influencing the festival is by no means closed and more people can sign up to get involved through Facebook and the website.

Festival Dates July 15 - 17, 2011
Festival Links

http://www.thefirstdaysoffreedom.com

Festival Story:

“The concept for the festival began in Newquay when we were running Leavers parties for thousands of people every summer, but this has evolved 100 times over since then and has taken shape in a way that we never could have imagined possible. We put a Facebook fan page up and started talking to people, and it has just grown from there. With no official announcements and the location still kept as secret people have signed up and are now waiting to see what the line-up is… at time of writing this there are 7,850 people on Facebook clamouring to know who’s playing. That’s an amazing and unexpected place to be for any festival, especially one that has never even run before!”
— Tarin Heaton-Heather (Partner and co-founder).

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Festival Events:

Lineup 2011:
  • MYSTERY JETS
  • LOS CAMPESINOS!
  • ZANE LOWE (BBC RADIO 1)
  • THE KING BLUES
  • TINCHY STRYDER
  • PROFESSOR GREEN
  • SKREAM
  • BENGA
  • MS DYNAMITE
  • TEMPA T
  • MODESTEP
  • FLUX PAVILION
  • DIRTYPHONICS
  • ED SHEERAN
  • SLUM DOGZ
  • MILLIONS LIKE US
  • KAYA
  • BLEECH
  • BLUE LIP FEEL
  • THE CHUTES
  • LOWKEY
  • BEARS DEN
  • ABI PHILIPS & SAM GRAY
  • SAMIAD
  • KID MASIVE & JOEL XAVIER
  • ALPHA BEATZ DJ SET
  • LEGO LLOYD
  • SIMON PITT
  • ROBIN PARRIS
  • MISTAJAM (BBC RADIO 1)
  • BYOB
  • DJ PROOF
  • CASPA
  • DRIFTA
  • SCORCHER
  • SNEAKBO
  • ENCORE
  • NU BRAND
  • and more to be named…

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Practical Info:

Venue:
  • Port Lympne Safari Park
    Aldington Road
    Lympe, Hythe
Unsigned bands 2011:
  • A message for bands who are only just hearing about First Days of Freedom
    • There is still a chance that there will be a way for you to play at the festival. The festival’s promoters are looking at doing a drop price ticket for ‘talent’, so if you can prove that you have musical or entertainment talent that can be of value to FDOF festival-goers then you can obtain a half-price ticket. All hopefuls will have to send youtube links or video clips of them playing. It can be super rough recordings, just as long as it shows the band, or solo artist playing live. If you can prove you can play then you make the cut. As an entertainer, once you’re on site you will be expected to set up on acoustic stages and do impromptu shows… The vision is that there will be music and entertainment everywhere you look. This is open for bands, poets, beatboxers, slam poets, jugglers, comedians, clowns, dancers and anyone else who thinks they can entertain! Entries should be sent to: Mmmaybesomethinggoodcancomeofallthismessingaboutallthetime@wildlifeplay.com
Tickets 2011:
  • All Tickets Include 3 Nights Camping
    • Weekend Early Bird - £ 55,00
    • Weekend Standard - £ 79,00 Includes 3 nights camping and entertainment!
    • Weekend VIP - £ 125,00 — Includes: Star Meet & Greet/Access to VIP Bar/ POSH Breakfast/Q Jump+a very shiney VIP wrist band
    • Rep Weekend Early Bird £ 50,00 (If you know a promoters personal code)
    • Rep Weekend Standard £ 74,00 (If you know a promoters personal code)
    • Rep Weekend VIP £ 120,00 (If you know a promoters personal code)
  • Purchase
    http://www.thefirstdaysoffreedom.com
    http://www.facebook.com/leaversfestivalhellyeah
    http://www.seetickets.com

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