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Future stars battle it out for LeeStock slot

LeeStock 2015''Pictured: The MJM Band ANL-150525-232517009
LeeStock 2015''Pictured: The MJM Band ANL-150525-232517009

Sudbury Ormiston Academy will host the return of the annual LeeStock Battle of the Bands tomorrow - with the winners getting the chance to open the LeeStock Music Festival on May 28.

This year’s festival, which raises money for the Willow Foundation, will be headlined by The Feeling and Hoosiers.

The music festival, now in its ninth year, is held at Melford Hall in memory of Lee Dunford who was treated to a special day by the Willow Foundation before his death from blood cancer in 2006.

The Battle of the Bands will be held at Ormiston Academy from 7pm, with tickets costing £3.

The competition will be judged by two of the LeeStock organisers and is expected to be fiercely contested with acts appearing from a range of local schools including Ormiston Sudbury Academy, Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard and Stour Valley Community School in Clare.

Previous winners have performed on the same stage as Scouting For Girls, Toploader, Space and the Lightning Seeds.

Kayleigh Conway-Jarrett, a teacher at the school, said: “We are really excited about this year’s LeeStock Battle of the Bands event.

“Applications have been coming in fast and we now have at least eight bands competing from several local schools.

“It’s great to be supporting LeeStock again, particularly as Lee used to attend the school.”

Tickets for the LeeStock Music Festival are on sale now from £12, plus booking fee, for one day at www.leestock.org.

Weekend tickets are available for £30 from the White Horse, Sudbury and Stag and Doe in North Street.

The festival features a family area, beer and cider festival and dozens of local acts performing alongside the main headliners.

Since it began LeeStock and related events have raised almost £70,000 for the Willow Foundation in Lee’s memory.

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