THE STORY OF JOYFEST
PART ONE - THE BEGINNING
Joyfest is the product of a five minute online conversation between two men who’ve never met each other before:
Paul Joyzine: I’m thinking of putting a gig on in the summer; you know, four bands in a nice small venue.
Andrew Filthy Little Angels: Why not make it into a festival? We could put a load of great bands on & get some real interest going.
Paul Joyzine: ….
And so the story began – an American record store offered £3000 to sponsor the event, which it was decided would be held in aid of a good cause: Love Music Hate Racism was chosen for both the nature of the organisation & its close links with the London music scene & various ideas ranging from the unlikely (Let’s put on a big outdoor show – loads of stages in a big park somewhere in London), to the ridiculous (Why don’t we
see if we can get the Millennium Dome?) to the quite frankly bizarre (We can hire a venue, carpet it in artificial grass, project pictures of cows and tents onto the walls and make it a virtual outdoor festival!) were put forward.
In the end, we decided to go for Electrowerkz – Islington’s cavernous 3 floored converted warehouse. A deal was sorted, the dates (7th & 8th August) were agreed and a flock of bands signed up for the festival. Everything was going quite swimmingly.
But then disaster struck – the £3000 sponsorship was withdrawn, the deposit for the venue hire couldn’t be paid and the festival looked to be in peril (nb – none of this was Elektrowerkz fault, they were extremely helpful and understanding, despite having been messed around so much).