On Saturday 4th June, Beautiful Alice festival will take place in a secret location in St Albans, welcoming festival-goers from 1pm to 1am to celebrate the life of Alice Barnett and raise money for some incredible charities. A variety of bands and DJ’s make up the line-up for the festival, as well as a tipi-tent welcoming attendees to dance until the early hours of the next day. Names performing include The Japanese House, Sam Garrett, The Beat and Natty, and headliner Beans on Toast. As well as great music, the festival will have hippy stalls, and a variety of world cuisines will be served to satisfy the appetite. The festival welcomes everyone, with activities for all the family, such as face-painting for children.
What makes this festival truly special is why it is taking place; in memory of Alice Barnett who tragically lost her life at the end of 2014, a few days before she was meant to return home from South Africa where she was carrying out a ten-week voluntary placement to help impoverished communities.
Her family and friends, along with the governments’ Department for International Development, are working together to ensure the future safety of volunteers that go abroad, to prevent similar tragedies from happening by trying to increase awareness of rip currents. Alice’s mother, Suzie Barnett, talks of their tragic loss, and the determination to ensure Alice is always a big part of their lives. The festival has been organised by those who knew and loved her best, and is designed to embody Alice’s free spirit. who frequented gigs and festivals.
All proceeds from the festival will go to charities all around the world that Alice herself was so passionate about, meaning her valuable and incredible charity work can continue. One of these organisations is The Future of Khmer Children – a charity in Cambodia that Alice volunteered for. Alice’s mother described Alice as a ‘fierce campaigner for human and animal rights and fought injustice wherever she found it’, so it is a fitting and beautiful gesture that all festival proceeds spent to celebrate Alice’s life go to a cause so close to her heart.
Tickets are just £20 and available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beautiful-alice-festival-2016-tickets-20974600595?aff=ebrowse#tickets
For more information about this amazing event in memory of a beautiful girl, visit www.beautifulalice.co.uk, or search ‘Beautiful Alice Festival’ on Facebook.