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South Devon Festival Championing Strong Women - PRESS RELEASE
Press Release


By April 12, 2019 May 8th, 2019 No Comments
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Homegrown South Devon Festival Champions Female Artists

For Immediate Release

LauFest is a three-day homegrown family-friendly South Devon festival held annually in the village of Wembury that focuses on good music, good times and celebrating life. So far, so good. But this forward-thinking festival is shifting expectations by ensuring that female performers are the primary focus across the whole weekend of August 2-4th. Once you understand the reason why LauFest was born, you’ll understand why…

The festival was started in memory of Laura Plane who passed away in 2017 after living with breast cancer for 8 years. During her time on this planet Laura not only showed everybody she met how to rock the hell out of life, but she did it with style, grace and a heart brimming over with love. She even succeeded in raising £70k for the breast cancer charity CoppaFeel! via numerous marathons and treks to Iceland and Peru to boot! She was a true inspiration to so many people and was the definition of strong womanhood.

In the wake of her passing, her husband Jon Plane started a Twitter campaign to get the Foo Fighters to dedicate their wedding song ‘Everlong’ to Laura when the band headlined the Glastonbury festival. AND THEY DID IT. After Dave Grohl said those (now immortal) words, Jon vowed that he would continue to honour his wife every year in the best way he knew how – by holding a Glasto-style festival party to remember, laugh and celebrate the good times. LauFest was born.

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Via its impressive lineup of carefully-curated acts, LauFest aims to amplify the voices of strong female artists from across the South West and beyond. The organisers Jon Plane and Claire Ray decided to put women performers in the spotlight firstly as a way to honour Laura, but also to raise awareness for the breast cancer charity CoppaFeel! and perpetuate their life-saving message that early detection saves lives. Claire explains,

“As we began our hunt for female performers, we found that it was actually rather difficult to fill a whole weekend with solely female acts. There are countless excellent female performers out there, but they aren’t always given the opportunity to let their talent be seen. We then knew that our mission to become a female-focused festival was more important than ever. The festival is dominated by acts with a strong female contingent and we’re extremely proud of what we are achieving with LauFest. What started out as a seed of an idea has now grown into a celebration of fabulous females!”

Lucia, lead singer of indie band LUCIA (playing LauFest on the Friday night) says, “I find it really empowering when I see female musicians. I know that the industry can be quite hard on a female. When you see a female frontperson with energy and their own thing, that really inspires you.”

The family-friendly festival is relatively new to the festival scene with 2019 being its third year, but it has grown substantially in that short time with 30 acts playing across two stages and revellers coming from all across the UK to enjoy the incredible vibe and treasure trove of female-focused talent. Jon says,

“To have secured top female-focused acts such as Wildwood Kin, Magic Numbers and Lucia makes us so proud and we hope that our guests this year will be as excited as we are with the calibre of talent. See you on the dancefloor!”

LauFest has already raised nearly £10k for CoppaFeel! since it started in 2017 and hopes to raise much more as the festival grows. To find out more or to buy tickets, visit www.laufest.com.   



  • For more information, high res images or for further comment please contact Claire Ray or Jon Plane at LaufestLWP@gmail.com or 01841 540765
  • LauFest is held in the small South Devon village of Wembury. Address: Langdon Barton Farm, Down Thomas, PL9 0DY
  • For more detailed lineup information please see here: https://laufest.com/line-up/
  • LauFest is held on the weekend 2-4th August 2019
  • Rae Morris headlined last year’s LauFest

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