FESTIVAL: Festifeel, London

Festifeel! returned for a fifth year this weekend and took place at London Fields Brewery, London on Saturday 21st June 2014.

Festifeel, London is organised by the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! which raises awareness of breast cancer in young people. CoppaFeel! educate young people on the importance of checking their boobs regularly and knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

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They are using this event to kick start the British summer festival season and launch their campaign to get young people checking their boobs, which they will also take to various festivals across the country this summer.

The festival was also curated by Fearne Cotton which meant her links with radio industry and the music industry helped her organise an amazing line- up for the UKs most up and coming intimate festival.

The first acts confirmed included Rizzle Kicks, Zane Lowe, Swim Deep, Nick Mulvey, Lianne La Havas, Hudson Taylor, Eliza And The Bear, Norman Jay, Luke Sital Singh, Kimberly Anne, Goldierocks, Rhodes, Abandoman, Annie Eve, Fickle Friends, Sinead Harnett, Eva Stone, Becca Dudley and DJ Cuddles.

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One day, all day event signals begninng of summer for the charity and for the many that attended kicking off the summer with a massive part in London Brewery Fields. The weather was also amazing, with a full day of heat and sun! Summer is the main campaign period for CoppaFeel! who will now go on to campaign at the majority of the UK festivals this summer. The day was full of fun, music and of course boobs!

Kris’ Story

“As nuclear–bomb–sized curveballs go, this was right up there with the best of ’em. Discovering a lumpy boob in June 2008, Kris did the done thing and took it straight to her GP, being sent away on the basis that, at her young age, it was bound to be hormonal. Six months and a lovely stint of travelling later, the ‘hormones’ still remained – so, when Kris’s no–bullshit mum marched her right back to the GP, she demanded a referral. But of course there’d be nothing to worry about, because breast cancer is an older woman’s disease, right? Wrong.

fearn 4Eight months on, following a frustrating fight to discover just what the hell was happening beneath her bumpy bust, Kris discovered not only that she had breast cancer, but that it had spread to her spine. Kris was – is – at stage four, the most advanced type of cancer. There is no stage five.

Straight away, Kris was thrown into a routine of radiotherapy, five months of chemotherapy, and yet more radiotherapy. So long, carefree fun. So long, travelling. So long, boobs. So long, hair. So long, normal twentysomething life.”

Kris Hallenga, was aged 23.

For more information about the charity, please check out the website

Festifeel, London