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 RYE Music Festival,
to mark the Tenth Anniversary of Andy's death, with all proceeds going to The
TEENAGE CANCER TRUST.
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.
Our thanks go to them all!
IN MEMORY OF ANDY