Biscuit recommends… L Fest (18 – 21 July)

Musician Erin McKeown will be performing

Funky folk music with Erin McKeown

Festival season is well and truly upon us, with the sun shining and Glasto taking place as we speak. But when you’ve driven down south, battled the crowds, got covered in mud, dodged the loos and enjoyed the main acts then you’ll have been there and got the grubby t-shirt. Not that there’s anything wrong with a bit of filth in the name of good fun, of course!

But this year, Biscuit’s first choice on the festival circuit is L Fest, a friendly, intimate and eclectic event with a lovely lady-loving twist. All ages, genders and orientations are very welcome, but the womanly presence will be celebrated from day one.

Set on a big green racecourse in Staffordshire, L Fest’s two big stages boast everything from live music and arts, to workshops, films and if you’re game, then sports. A multitude of musicians will be performing, including the gorgeous D’Iys with her soul searching acoustic melodies, and by contrast the Brighton based female fronted rock band the Beatnick Horrors, who promise plenty of kicks, thrills, headbanging and moshing. This year also welcomes the brand new cabaret and comedy stage, so you can sit back and be entertained with burlesque, plenty of comediennes and even the musical parody Miz Les.

Head over to the Arts stage for readings from some amazing authors and poets, including a selection of bestselling lesbian fiction writers who share their techniques in creating literary chemistry. And if that isn’t sizzling enough, then there’s always the ‘let’s talk about sex, baby!’ debate, hosted by Diva. There’s also an on site cinema, showing the best selection of queer movies for ladies who like a good flick.

Jack-monroe

Jack Monroe will share her culinary secrets

The workshops are well worth a visit, too, and they’re all included the ticket price so there’s no excuse not to get involved. Whether you want to find your inner goddess, learn Latin and ballroom dancing, crack out your drag king skills, or even have a go at some stand up comedy, there are plenty of opportunities to be had for the budding performer. For those that wanna get physical, there’s running, drumming, cycling and pole dancing, followed with some yoga and meditation to chill out at the end of an action packed day.

If you’ve still got some energy left after all the dancing, prancing, debating and creating, then later on there’s L Fest nights, with a selection of club nights to top it all off. After you’ve danced your pants off with Chick Habit and Lezzbavenue, don’t forget that like all good festivals, there’s always an excuse to don some ridiculous fancy dress – this time at the 60s themed Saturday Summer of Love. Grab your friends new and old, as stories and sing song will then be shared around the campfire until 2am.

And if all that is exhilarating may also seem a little exhausting, then fear not. The L Fest village has a retreat, and while treatments and prices are still being confirmed, you can be sure to be pampered to perfection in L Fest’s very own heavenly haven.

Rock out with Never the Bride

Rock out with Never the Bride

Camping is included in the price of your ticket, and there’s even a singles area for those who arrive alone but would like to leave with a bevy of new lady friends. Not much of a happy camper? No problem, as there’s dorm style bunk beds available in the on site hostel for the budget friendly cost of just £30 per night, which includes secure lockers built into each individual bed. Those who are feeling a bit flash with their cash might want to splash out with a yurt instead though. The £250 to £750 can be manageable when split among a group of friends, and you can even upgrade your lady love nest to come complete with bedding, lighting and an all important mattress and mirror for the true glamping experience.

Just two hours on the train from London, L Fest is easy to get to and with the train station on site, there’s no risk of getting lost while clambering around in the undergrowth before you’ve even got started. A car really isn’t needed, but if you have got one then parking is also free, even if you’ve got a campervan or caravan in tow.

L Fest runs from 18 – 21 July 2014, with weekend long tickets costing just £99 including camping. Day trippers can visit for £60 per day, and all accompanied kids under 16 can go free and benefit from a full children’s programme of activities.

Expect to see the Biscuit crew rocking out to punk, acoustic, blues, country and everything in between, as we’ve teamed up with L Fest as an official media partner. Find out more about L Fest here www.lfest.co.uk and don’t forget to look out for the Biscuit banner and give us a wave. See you there!

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Chloe Marshall

Chloe Marshall is a London-based freelance journalist writing for the Huffington Post, The Guardian, Diva and of course Biscuit. Chloe loves to write about gender, sexuality and feminism, with a healthy dose of travel and culture on the side. She's into chicks, chocolate and cats, in no particular order.

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