The Minichill Music Festival

The Minichill, now in its second year, is a small, two day, not-for-profit music festival with a party-like atmosphere. Set in the grounds of a 120 acre farm in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, it is the ideal way to end the summer festival season.Run entirely by volunteers, all proceeds go to the Action for Brazil’s Children (ABC) Trust, a UK based charity working to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged and impoverished children across Brazil. Last year Jimena Page (Founder of ABC) got together with Lynda Colborne (now ABC Trustee) to organise a small festival (invitation only), giving all donations to the charity – it proved such a success, with endless and amazing support from more than 75 volunteers, that they have stepped it up a gear this year with professional sponsorship from Gibson Guitar, Red Bull and DJ Magazine (to mention a few!). ABC also has an impressive array of creative patrons including Jimmy Page, Fernando Meirelles, Brian May and Bebel Gilberto – it is no wonder that they have decided to use creative means as a fundraiser.With a vibe that says ‘we’re having a party, bring your friends’, the Minichill never loses sight of its goal; hoping that the chilled our atmosphere that is indicative of Brazilian culture will remind people that every penny counts.Upon the realisation of how far a small amount of money goes towards a cause which desperately needs support, means that many people who donate become life-long ‘friends’ with the ABC Trust. Jimena herself is an active volunteer for the Minichill, and emphasises that:'[it] is a great way to bring people who enjoy music and want to support ABC togetherÖ in Brazil the proceeds from just one ticket go a long way’Set in beautiful countryside in the grounds of a local farm and with an impressive line up including: Giles Peterson, Hextatic, Alice McLaughlin, Bussetti and many other fantastic artists, the Minichill is already set to become a core summer festival. There will be an intimate feel with DJ and VJ sets being set up in the barns, and over-sized tepees for chilling on a larger scale! The mix and quality of musicians invites anyone who enjoys chilling out, good fun and great music: for a small-scale festival this truly is a feast for all the senses.www.minichill.co.uk

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