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Festival for Lee announces Lightning Seeds headliner

LET THERE BE MUSIC: Organisers of LeeStock, put on in memory of Lee Dunford from Sudbury, are pictured at last years event.

LET THERE BE MUSIC: Organisers of LeeStock, put on in memory of Lee Dunford from Sudbury, are pictured at last years event.

A music festival in memory of a 21-year-old man from Sudbury is expected to kick-off World Cup fever after revealing its headline act.

The Lightning Seeds will perform at LeeStock – an annual event held in honour of Lee Dunford, who died from cancer in 2006.

The two-day festival is taking place at Melford Hall in Long Melford in May and the 90s band, synonymous with football following their Three Lions collaboration with Frank Skinner and David Baddiel, will headline.

“We are delighted to be announcing the Lightning Seeds as our Saturday headliners,” said Edd Keogh, one of the organisers.

“They have a great link with football so, in a World Cup year, there could not be a better band for us.”

A number of bands from the area will also take to the stage, with more than 1,000 people expected to attend the festival on May 24 and 25.

Proceeds will go to The Willow Foundation, which helps young people with serious illnesses. LeeStock has raised more than £50,000 for the charity over the years.

“We are looking forward to playing LeeStock – it sounds a great little festival with a great cause,” said Lightning Seeds frontman Ian Broudie.

“We love playing in front of a live audience and we are looking forward to coming to Suffolk.”

The festival, which is run by Lee’s friends, including Mr Keogh’s brothers Matt and Peter, along with Matthew Starling, James Janzen and Andrew Piper, started off life at the White Horse in North Street.

But as its popularity began to grow, a larger venue was needed.

Last year, permission was granted to move the event to the grounds of the National Trust-owed Melford Hall.

“LeeStock has become a bit of a fixture in the Sudbury calendar now and we are keen to keep bringing top bands to the town while raising money for the excellent Willow Foundation,” added Mr Keogh.

Weekend tickets costing £30 are available from www.leestock.org.

“This is probably going to be the biggest one we have ever put on,” said Peter Keogh.

 

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