Bands get the crowd rockin’

Live and Kicking at AFC ground''Pictured; Crowd enjoying the music
Live and Kicking at AFC ground''Pictured; Crowd enjoying the music

A live music festival provided plenty of bank holiday thrills and top-class entertainment, writes Elliot Pinkham.

Live and Kicking, held at AFC Sudbury’s MEL Group Stadium on Sunday, attracted a large crowd with its varied mix of entertainment and all-day music.

Bands included 1970s glam-rock giants Sweet, who performed following a special request from event organiser and stage technician Adam Booth, tribute acts The Take That Experience and Ultimate Madness, as well as several local groups.

Adam’s father Nigel, who helped organise the event, said: “It was frantic – everybody worked incredibly hard over the weekend and it was an amazing event with great music from start to finish.

“Sweet were just fantastic and Ultimate Madness, who closed the show, were outstanding.”

Other entertainment taking place throughout the day included magic shows, Punch and Judy, bouncy castles and circus skills, which kept the crowds enthralled in between bands.

Fellow organiser Richard Instance said: “It was a really successful night for the club and there was a hell of a lot of people who had a really great time.

“We haven’t got an official count at the moment, but there was probably a 30 to 40 per cent increase in visitors from last year.”

Mr Instance said the event, now in its second year, would continue next year.

“We are looking to go on and progress,” he said. “But it was so good we all sat down afterwards and thought ‘how can we better that?”.

“We would like to thank the huge number of volunteers who gave up their weekend to help out – without them it wouldn’t have been possible.”