The last Glastonbury-style festival to celebrate the Labour Party leader, dubbed JezzFest, took place in Tottenham, North London in June 2018. Plans for a JezzFest reboot come despite Jeremy Corbyn overseeing the party’s worst general election performance since the 1930s, and admitting he will quit in a matter of weeks. A new JezzFest Twitter account has been opened for the planned event, with a GoFundMe page launched by Nathan Harmer in a desperate bid to raise money for it.
The page has more than 2,000 followers but at the time of writing, just £50 had been donated from a total of four people less than 24 hours after the GoFundMe page was opened.
A tweet on the account says: “Thank you for everyone’s support for this event.
“We’re crowd funding for the event and every penny will help lots.
“Any surplus will be donated to food banks and to homeless charities.
“#JezzFest is going to be epic!”
Twitter user @JakeLex1989, who’s Twitter bio says “#Socialism will prevail, still hoping for a #LabourGov in the future” broke the news of the planned JezzFest reboot.
He tweeted: “OK guys, we’re organising a rally in #Islington some time in early to mid Feb 2020 to show our thanks to @jeremycorbyn.
“Early stages right now but for updates you can follow @JezzFest which is the dedicated account.
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Another person tweeted: “I wouldn’t mind betting the ERG and the new @Conservatives MPs from former @UKLabour stronghold seats would sponsor the do in grateful thanks for all the help he gave them.”
A third Twitter user wrote: “On behalf of all Tories, I’d love to pay Jeremy our heartfelt thanks for all his hard work over the last four years in helping us stay in power.
“Now he has given us the best Christmas present – a landslide majority. He’s done more for our movement than anyone since Thatcher
Several other Twitter users were so baffled by the relaunch of JezzFest they questioned whether it was actually a joke.
One person said: “Please tell me this is a parody?”
Another Twitter user wrote: “Is this some deep level sarcasm?”
Last year’s event cost a reported £1million to stage but was dominated by dwindling crowds and struggling ticket sales.
The festival was hit by a strong of problems, fuelling fears it was just a vanity project for the Labour leader, who might have been keen on replicating his popularity when he gave a rousing speech at theGlastonbury Festival to tens of thousands of fans a year earlier.
Tickets had been priced at £35 just two days before the event but were quickly slashed to just £10.
Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union and a major donor for the Labour Party, also reportedly spent up to £35,000 buying tickets to hand out to supporters for free.