Rock festival is ready to raise thousands

Maiden United who are to perform at Lazfest in Sudbury
Maiden United who are to perform at Lazfest in Sudbury
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A rock music festival that started out as a surprise birthday party is set to take place next week.

Lazfest came about when Steve Lazarus arranged a surprise 50th birthday party for his wife Sue in Glemsford in 2010, getting 23 local musicians to perform an evening of rock music.

Beergut are one of the bands performing at Lazfest in Sudbury.

Beergut are one of the bands performing at Lazfest in Sudbury.

It was so successful that he was asked to do it again, with Sue suggesting that it should be run as a charity event.

It has run almost every year since, with organisers hoping to raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK and the Oracle Cancer Trust.

This year’s event takes place in the Delphi Centre, Sudbury, on Saturday, March 18, from 1pm.

Acts include headliners Maiden United, whose members are all fans of Iron Maiden.

They are led by Damian Wilson and will be joined by former Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton.

Steve, who runs Iron Maiden’s fan club and online shop, lost his best friend, Iron Maiden tour manager Steve Gadd, to cancer in 2013.

Tickets cost £15 and can be bought online at lazfest2017.wixsite.com/mysite.