July saw 1000 lesbians make their way to Llandudno, North Wales for LFest 2018. The UK’s only & world’s largest lesbian festival.
The festival took place over Friday 13th – Monday 16th July at a brand new location, Bodafon Farm. This was my 4th time at LFest and anyone who has been before will know, if you go once, you’ll go every year. LFest is one of the highlights of my year, there really is nothing like it.
So what makes it so special?
Seriously these women are the nicest, friendliest bunch of people who have one thing in common, they’re gay. But aside from that, they are dog lovers, music enthusiasts, artist, mothers, sisters and wives. As corny as it may sound, LFest really is one big family.
You can go to the festival with your partner, friends or even solo and you will leave with new friends you’ve made for life.
LFest is a great place to catch some pop gay icons! With great musicians gracing the main stage every year, this year saw two 80’s legends, Katrina (& the waves) and Toyah Wilcox headline, along with a ton of fantastic acts from acoustic, rap, rock and pop. Lucy Whittaker and Zara Sykes defiantly stood out for me and I’ve not stopped listening to them since. Along with the main stage there is the acoustic stage, a place for up and coming, unsigned artists to get their name out there and grow their fan base.
LFest is different to most festivals because it’s so much more than the music, the festival is renowned for its arts and comedy, in particular Sunday night’s laughing cow’s, hosted by the hilarious Kerry Leigh, a personal favourite of mine.
There are workshops, from life coaching and poetry to comedy and parenting advice. Yoga, rounders, a giant inflatable obstacle course and everyone’s favourite the Sunday morning dog show. In the evenings the DJ’s take over and a recent addition to LFest, the silent disco! Which sees hundreds of women, have a few too many beers and turn into dancing queens.
I don’t know how I could sell LFest any more… even the welsh weather was on our side! When do you ever get a tan in Wales?
The farm was a fantastic location for LFest, we spent Saturday afternoon strolling through the owl aviary and laughing at the goats, enjoying a cooked breakfast and a pot of tea at the farm cafe in the mornings then a stonebaked pizza in the evenings and best of all, static toilets!
I suffer with LFest blues every year and I know I’m not the only one. LFest is a weekend to escape from your day to day life and a time to celebrate who you are and who you love, to feel free to walk around holding your partners hand without fear of judgement or discrimination, it’s a place to make friends, share stories, drinks, watch fantastic entertainment and fly that rainbow flag with pride! And that’s why LFest changed lives.
Bodafon Farm has been confirmed as next years location, with the owners saying ‘these women drink like fish’. The festival will take place over Friday 19th – Monday 22nd July 2019. Tickets go on sale in September this year. Be sure to get your tickets quick, this year was a sell out: www.lfest.co.uk