The idea of Oakfest was first conceived back in 2013 by Matt Parsons, in memory of his best friend Andy, who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma - a rare form of Bone Cancer.
At the tender age of 17, Andy was treated with four months Chemotherapy and had to have an amputation. He also had operations on both lungs to remove tumours. After treatment he received the news on his 18th birthday that his condition was terminal. He sadly passed away in February 2004.
In 2014 Matt together with his father John, decided to hold a one-off all day OAKFEST Music Festival, to mark the Tenth Anniversary of Andy's death, with all proceeds going to The TEENAGE CANCER TRUST.
The Festival was such a success that local people requested it be repeated in following years, so that donations could be made to other deserving causes.
Due to the sheer volume of people who had attended OAKFEST 2014, and the massive support from Musicians, local people and businesses nearby, Matt and John decided to look for a larger venue. They finally decided on an idyllic field near to the Cinque Port Town of Rye, East Sussex. What could be better than enjoying a balmy Summer afternoon, listening to your favourite music with friends and family.
Each year progressively more people are attending the Festival. Last year in 2015 a staggering £3,500 was raised for The OLIVER CURD TRUST - a charity which provides fully equipped holiday accommodation to families, supporting children and young people in the UK, suffering from childhood cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
All volunteers, organisers, musicians, photographers and helpers give their time for free. The Venue, Bar, Stage, Lighting, Sound System, Real Ales, Food for the Barbecue, Raffle Prizes and Portaloos are all sponsored by local people and businesses - for which the Festival could not go ahead.