Since its inception 11 years ago, Leopallooza has played host to hundreds of bands, DJs and artists, thousands of people, exotic foods, strong cider and the occasional bemused but hugely entertained squirrel. Once we were even part of the biggest music news story in the world. Check the internet for that…
But here’s the thing: from the start, the ethos of the event has remained nailed down. If we knew how and where we could write it in stone, we would. It’s a festival built by festival lovers… so everything you see, hear, eat, drink and play upon has been handpicked by us, a small team who work year round to create the best party possible.
250 people showed up at the inaugural party way back in 2006. Created by the same group of friends who had the idea that they could take all the qualities of a good house party and plant them in a field in Cornwall – a place where local music fans could congregate once a year, to play or to party. A stage was built using reclaimed materials, including four telegraph poles left behind by a phone company. A car was driven onto the site and set on fire. It was a hit. Leopallooza was born.
In 2007, word had spread. Leopallooza doubled in capacity and the site grew, created from the ground up, specifically imagined and crafted around the party it was set to hold.
In 2008, due to its success and size it went legitimate, seeking the relevant licence and abiding by all the rules laid out by the authorities. But, importantly, it retained that initial spirit of the first, just as it does today – the house party atmosphere; the rootsy fundamentals of a homemade event for live bands and their fans.
Since those hazy days, it’s been the same core team who have worked year-round to create each Leopallooza, helped out by the original small collective of helpers and handypeople, who, in true Woodstock spirit, know that the good times lie as much within the process as in the outcome.
Happily, it works – it works because there is an understanding between all those who graft on it and all those who pay to attend – that we put this on not for money, not for social acceptance, not for girls, not for boys, not for corporations and not for all the small change we find in the mosh pit. We put this thing on because we love music and we love making friends. We put it on for the kick of a team project, the drama of a looming deadline, and a dangerously addictive taste for the good times.
Unlike other festivals, we keep the Leopallooza ticket prices as low as we possibly can. The bar prices remain sensible, camping is free, and our independence is intact, having politely turned down the offers of corporate sponsorship in favour of making all the key decisions ourselves.
2017 marks our 11th birthday celebrations and, as it was with that very first party in 2006, and with every party since and every party that may yet come, our mission remains the same. To create and throw…
The Greatest House Party… in a field.