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Festival Preview: FestiFeel

Monday 02 October 2017
Words Alice Bell

After a sold-out turn in 2016, the massive one-dayer FestiFeel returns to London for the eighth time this October to get up close and personal about breast cancer.

Launched in 2009 by Kristin Hallenga, founder of the charity CoppaFeel!, the festival aims to break down the silence surrounding breast cancer detection among young people. Kristin was only 23 when she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer – a diagnosis which came too late for the most effective treatment, as doctors had initially dismissed the tumour on her breast as ‘hormonal’.

Realising that her experience was one that many women shared, Kristin decided to launch CoppaFeel!, a charity which aims to eradicate late detection and misdiagnosis of breast cancer by busting the myth that breast cancer is an over-40s’ disease, and by encouraging women of all ages to get familiar with their boobs. They want to give women and young people the information and confidence to identify the early signs of breast cancer – and to have a bit of fun in the process.

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Laura Mvula at FestiFeel 2016

That’s where FestiFeel comes in. Taking place on Saturday 14th October at House of Vans, Waterloo, the event will be hosted by 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and feature a lineup hand-picked by Fearne Cotton! Of the 2017 event, Cotton said ‘I can’t wait to be part of yet another amazing Festifeel. It’s such a pleasure curating the lineup for CoppaFeel! each year, bringing together so many of my favourite artists for a cause I truly love! This year will be our biggest and best yet.’

I can’t wait to be part of yet another amazing FestiFeel!
Fearne Cotton

We don’t doubt it. With Busted set to headline, the line-up also includes Will Heard, Pixie Lott, and The Staves as well as DJ sets from Basement Jaxx and Mystery Jets, plus many more. If the music itself weren’t enough of an attraction, festivalgoers will also get the chance to get their hands on some truly special prizes – from a guitar signed by the 1975, tickets to a sold-out Oh Wonder gig with Greg James, and the chance to have afternoon tea with Gavin and Stacey actress Sheridan Smith!

Founder Kristin is certainly proud of this year’s event. ‘FestiFeel has become like an annual adrenaline rush for me,’ she tells us. ‘It’s a helluva big job but somehow we pull off an epic event every year. I feel a massive sense of pride and achievement when the last act hits the stage, and the people who help organise the event and I can finally FINALLY breathe.

Russell Howard - 2016

Russell Howard performing at FestiFeel 2016

‘But obviously we don’t just organise it so I can experience all the highs and all the lows; FestiFeel raises a heck of a lot of money and awareness too – otherwise we wouldn’t keep doing it. It’s a great way to make a noise about what we do, about what we can achieve and that our work must continue. Every penny raised is ploughed back into running and developing our education programmes – so that might be making sure we can keep sending monthly texts to 40,000 people reminding people to check their boobs, sending a Boobette into a school or training more students to be boob advocates on campuses up and down the country.’

Every penny raised is ploughed back into running and developing CoppaFeel!’s education programmes.
Kristin Hallenga, founder

So if you fancy partying with a purpose this October, head down to FestiFeel at Waterloo for some top-quality tunes and important info on how to make sure your boobs are happy and healthy.

Tickets are on sale here

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Fearne Cotton (left) and CoppaFeel! founder Kristin Hallenga

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