The prospect of an epic, community funded festival is revitalising the spirit of Kings Langley in the most difficult of times.
Local DJ Bob Best is throwing together what will surely be one of the most extravagant events in the history of the village: Kingsfest.
Bob has set the dates of the two-day spectacle as July 17 and 18, 2021, and it will take place at Kings Langley Football Club (KLFC).
The Kingsfest Facebook group already has a whopping 2,000 members, and Bob hopes that there will be around 6,000 people attending the event overall – 3,000 on each day.
He added that it’s a family event “for everyone” – and will run no later than 12am each night.
Bob has also put together a committee for the event, consisting of Matt Clarke and Jon Gunning, who both have years of event management experience, as well as Derry Edgar, who will act on behalf of KLFC.
Bob said: “This gives us something to look forward to. Chilfest ends the week before and we don’t want to clash with that; so do the Euros, so all the football will be out of the way.
“Everything is just so rubbish at the moment. Having something to look forward to is one of the main reasons I was doing this in the first place.”
Due to the significant cost of the event, Bob has put together a crowdfunding page in the hope that anyone who wants to come to, or participate in Kingsfest will chip in with a £10 donation.
Bob said: “I’m just asking every member of the group to put a tenner in. and that sort of gets you on the slate. And that includes all the acts, discos, everybody else. If you want to be involved in it, we need a tenner off you. No more than that.”
While times are obviously uncertain, and there is no guarantee that the event will be able to go ahead next year as planned, Bob made the point: “If it doesn’t happen, you’ve lost a tenner, but the charities will win a tenner, because that’s the only place the money’s going (if Kingsfest can’t go ahead).”
To donate to Kingsfest, go to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/KingsFest2021
To watch Bob explain how the event will be laid out, go to the Kingsfest Facebook page, where he’s uploaded a video shot on the football club’s grounds.