With festival season coming to an end, we’ve found that both old and new traditions have come together to throw the most memorable nights. In the depths of Surrey awaits the ultimate electronic, jazz mix experience: Ken Fest. Started in their parents back garden by Sandy Kenny, founder of Pirate Projects, along with the core team Mark Lukas, Cam Chorley and Joe Kelly, we had a chance to catch up with Sandy to talk about the aftermath of this year’s festival and what his plans are for the future.
With a charity based focus, Ken Fest 2017 attracted around 300 music lovers, raising £2.5k for Clockwork – a local mental health awareness charity. Clockwork uses music and art therapy as a way to help young adults suffering from depression. “The work and ideas really resonated with me and the people in the local area so we really wanted to show our support for the charity. The demographic and ties to music makes it a great fit and an area I feel where we can really make a positive difference.”
With what is self described as a ‘rich and refreshing way to listen to a familiar sound’, Ken Fest hopes to use the proceeds from this year’s festival to build a local and regular DJ Society, leading to a broader sound and audience and opening up opportunities for young adults to get involved in music.
“This year was great because we had such a diverse festival. We had a live graffiti artist next to a jazz band as well as DJs playing all sorts of music – I think it’s nice to mix arts together and have some entertainment that isn’t just the music. The aim is to get more young adults in the area involved in music and the festival next year.” says Sandy.
A great festival with a great cause, be sure to make time in your festival season next year for the inevitably great Ken Fest 2018.