About Gemfest

Gemfest is an annual indoor festival of two halves that takes place on Easter Sunday at Exeter Phoenix.

During the day it is a family event and in the evening it becomes  an indoor music festival. So there really is something for everyone!

Gemfest began in 2012 as a surprise 30th birthday party for Gemma Wensley. It was no ordinary 30th birthday as this was a milestone that Gemma had been told she was unlikely to reach. But miraculously she did. Many people living with these uncertain circumstances might be content to concentrate on looking after themselves, but not Gemma!

Not only did she never give up but she also gives back…..

Although she is still receiving treatment related to her illness, Gemma, her good friend Susan Luscombe and a team of committed volunteers organise and run Gemfest annually to raise money for Hospiscare and The Brain Tumour Charity, two charities that have been very important to her survival.

So far Gemfest has raised over £20, 000 for charity. You can read more about the charities we support here.

Everything we raise through Gemfest is split equally and given to our chosen charities. We don’t take any payment for organising the event and everyone that performs and works on the day do so for free. If you would like to make a contribution but are unable to come to the event or any of the fundraising days, you can donate on our just giving page by clicking here>

On EASTER SUNDAY we take over Exeter Phoenix Centre. Click here to find out what’s happening at Gemfest 2017.