Festival line-up looks promising

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Organisers of a local music festival held in memory of a Sudbury musician have released the full line-up for this year’s event.

Proceeds from LeeStock are donated to the Willow Foundation in honour of 21-year-old Lee Dunford, who died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006.

After his death, friends of the keen musician set up a yearly celebration of local music in his memory.

Now the two-day festival held at Melford Hall is in its eighth year, with popular act Scouting for Girls taking the Saturday headline spot.

One of the organisers, Edd Keogh, said they had around 300 bands requesting to play.

On picking the final line-up, he said: “It is pretty difficult and we try to give everyone a fair chance.

“Once you have chosen the headline acts, the other bands have got to sit in with them.”

Following on from last year’s success, Dumbfoundus have been announced as Sunday’s headliner.

Edd said the festival will be opened again by this year’s battle of the bands winner, allowing younger musicians to get involved.

“It is all about giving unsigned bands a chance,” he said. “Some of the bands we have got are so excited to be playing.”

Sunday’s opening slot went to 10-year-old singer Phoebe Austin from Sudbury after the organisers were blown away by her talent.