The sweet sound of glam rock

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FANS of 70s rock can look forward to a real blockbuster of a festival this summer when one of the decade’s legendary names takes to the stage in Sudbury.

Sweet – whose original line-up hit number one with Blockbuster in 1973 – are the headline act at Live and Kicking, AFC Sudbury’s August music extravaganza.

The band is led by Andy Scott, who was lead guitarist when they stormed the charts in the 70s with numbers like Ballroom Blitz, Hellraiser and Teenage Rampage.

He also co-wrote some of their best-loved hits, including their biggest-selling single Fox on the Run, and Love is Like Oxygen.

The band – the epitome of glam rock – sold 50 million records worldwide before splitting up in 1982.

Two members, Brian Connolly and Mick Tucker, have since died. Steve Priest has his own band in the US and Andy Scott has since reformed the band in the UK.

Nigel Booth, one of the organisers of the festival, said Sweet were taking time out from a European tour to perform in Sudbury and were flying in from Prague on the day of the gig.

The festival, at AFC’s MEL Group Stadium, takes place on Sunday, August 28, between 1pm and 10.30pm.

Also on the bill are Jazz Face, who are a 10-piece jazz funk outfit, and Sudbury bands HiFi idols and Tom Catz.

Organisers hope a 40-piece samba band will also be performing.

Children’s activities will go on throughout the afternoon, and food and drink will be on sale.