Festival bands shine to kick the bad weather into touch

IN THE MOMENT: The guitarist for Absolution in full flow.
IN THE MOMENT: The guitarist for Absolution in full flow.
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The weather may not have been kind but the bands shone as hundreds of people danced and sang the weekend away during the Live and Kicking festival in Sudbury.

More than 1,000 tickets were sold for the event at the Mel Group Stadium and many more were sold on the door throughout Saturday and Sunday as crowds flocked to see acts including Neville Staple from The Specials and Absolution perform.

“We are hoping we had record numbers and every single band performed well,” said Richard Instance, one of the festival’s organisers.

“Neville Staple was our headliner and put on a really good show, but it would be hard to pick out an act as being the best.”

As well as live music, the event also featured a display of vintage scooters courtesy of Sudbury Scooter Club, a real ale festival and rare photographs of 1980s band The Jam.

“It all went very well and quite a few barrels of ale were gone on Saturday,” said Mr Instance.

On Sunday, the festival kept youngsters entertained with a children’s fun village, which included bouncy castles, bungee runs and circus skills demonstrations.

Mr Instance, who praised the team of 50 volunteers involved in putting on the event, said the months of hard work had been worth it.

“It takes over your life for a while but it is the volunteers that make it all possible,” he said.

“All the bands said how slick it was run.”