LowdeFest15 Mackenzie Smith have been one of Lowde Fests ‘Local Business Partners’ for several years, supporting this charity based company host a fantastic fun and fundraising event in Hazeley Bottom, Hampshire.

Lowde15 80 casksOnce again the growing event drew a huge sell out crowd to enjoy the beer and music festival on the sunny weekend in July.

Attendees had a huge range of over 70 real ales and ciders to choose from, with a spread of food to match from fresh stonebaked pizzas, to the classic hog roast or even a Nepalese curry.

The diverse music was geared for fun and frolicking as well as showcasing some of the best local musical talent.Lowde15 Hogroast

Los Pacominos (feat. Paul Young) headlined the main stage bringing Americana to Hampshire. Other artists on the main stage included The Breaks, The Rooz, Suburban Symphony, Simon Kent, Sal Vitro, always fun 29 Fingers, Leddra, Jersey Budd and Rick Parfitt Jnr.

New talent graced the unplugged stage, which has formerly seen the likes of Marika Hackman who is now rising to stardom, her song ‘Drown’ featured as Zane Lowe’s hottest record in October 2014 and she now has a packed tour schedule in the UK, America and Europe.

10 artists were backed into the busy schedule on the Unplugged Stage; SIMMS, Just Millie, Remedy Sounds, David Blackbourn, ‘Grizzly’ Rhys Morgan, Louise Smith, Sara Robalo, Fella, Ealswitha, and Charley Macaulay.

Lowde15 29 fingersWe were grateful to receive this thanks from the organisers of Lowde Fest and to find out how successful the event has been, raising $40,000 for the Lowde Music Trust charity.

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The Lowde Music Trust was established in 2011 following the death of Keith Lowde, the charity’s namesake. Keith had been a leading figure on the business side of the music industry and his sudden death drew together his friends and family to create a lasting legacy. Now the charity works towards two goals; to advance the education of young people in music and creative performance through scholarships, support, equipment and mentoring, and to support health and recovery fo young people through music.

Lowde15Now partnered with ‘Radio Lollipop’ the Lowde Music trust is involved with helping to provide hospital radio for children around the world and increasing the availability of the tools such as tablet devices needed to engage child patients in therapeutic music based creative play. Find out more about Lowde Fest by visiting www.lowdefest.com. 

“We wanted to write and say a massive thank you from LOWDE FEST 15.

As a result of your support this year’s event has raised £40,000 for the Lowde Music Trust and its work. This is going to make a real difference to the lives of children in hospital across the country, as well as supporting up and coming new creative talent.

Lowde15We are really grateful for your help and hope that you would be interested in getting involved again next year. LF16 is going to be on the weekend of 2nd July 2016. Over the coming months we will be in contact so you can see how the money is being spent and the effect it is having. We will also be producing a full evaluation of the event which will give some great insight into who attended and how the day ran.

LF15 has been a massive success and we have a fantastic array of really positive feedback from our customers. The weather was amazing and helped keep everyone dancing right through to the end. We hope you were able to join us and enjoy too. 

With the money that’s been raised we really can claim that the event was – MUSIC FOR GOOD.

Lowde15 2If you have any questions or would like to find out more about what The Lowde Music Trust is all about then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at info@lowdefest.com.”

Images with kind permission of Lowde Fest and Peter Orr Photography