The Uxfest was a festival than was held in Uxbridge, England from 1997 to 2004 and then in Islington, London, England in 2006. It was a charity festival run by the local youth community for which the bands received no payment for performing. Notable bands who played at the Uxfest include Lostprophets, Raging Speedhorn, Stampin' Ground and Knuckledust.
The first Uxfest took place in 1997 following in the Fountain’s Mill Youth Club tradition of yearly festivals supported by the Council and run by the Youth Club. The central idea was to have a scheme run "For young people, by young people". Organised and run by a team of Fountains Mill members together with youth workers, the Mill manager and a small council budget, these previous Festivals provided work experience, opportunities and entertainment for everyone, and were always a good laugh, Uxfest followed with the same idea.
Uxfest was born in 1997 at Fountain’s Mill by a team of heavy metal fans - Paul, Rob, Steve, Sarah and Russell. They were all enthusiastic and willing to work and they created the blueprint for what the Uxfest became. In 1997 all proceeds from the event went to the Hillingdon Aids Response Trust.
Festivals run from Fountain's Mill were always charity events, as a condition of the entertainment license. The budget being so small, they never really had money to pay bands, and although in the first year The Blood Divine were paid some whacking great amount like £600, no band was ever paid thereafter, apart from a contribution to travel expenses. The rule of No Payment and £50 maximum expenses was instated in 1998 by Sarah Jackson and Talita Jenman who thereafter took over the running and organisation of Uxfest. Otherwise, as was found in 1997 very little money was made for charity (£490).
As government policy changed, funding changed and so did funding categories. Uxfest was funded as a festival, then as a Summer project, then, when the council money fell through, as a training scheme funded by the Big Lottery.
In 2005 the festival was postponed due to Hillingdon council renovation work at the Fountain's Mill site. The plan was always to run the festival again from 2006 at the same, renovated, venue. However the obstacles in running Uxfest from Fountains Mill grew insurmountable and so the decision was taken to move the festival into central London. At this point festival organisers saw the costs of running the festival mount up. Previously they had enjoyed their own venue, so insurance, meetings, lightbulbs, maintenance, etc. was always covered. Now these were additional costs to factor into running the festival from a new location. The Islington Academy was chosen as the venue with a limited set of 21 bands over two stages. The spirit of the festival was kept alive with several key principles, two stages, young people volunteers, bands playing for free, making money for charity.
The 2006 event was a success at the new venue although it made a lot less money for charity than the previous Uxfest it was still profitable for the chosen charities. The plan was to continue at the new venue for 2007 however in the wake of the success of more commercially orientated festivals, like Download and the dwindling funding from local government and other sources the decision was made not to stage the event in 2007.〔()〕
At present it is unclear if the festival will ever return. Especially in the format it originated in.
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