Local bands to join big names on festival stage

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Bands from around Sudbury will join well-known acts Space and Toploader at charity music festival LeeStock in May.

Event regulars Lemonparty and V.O.T.A.S, both from Sudbury, Boxford indie band This Boy Wonders and the winner of Ormiston Sudbury Academy’s battle of the bands competition will perform at Melford Hall on May 25 and 26.

LeeStock raises funds for The Willow Foundation, a charity which helped Sudbury musician Lee Dunford before his death from cancer, aged 21, in 2006.

Chris Athorne, lead singer of This Boy Wonders, said: “From picking up a guitar for the first time, writing a song and then forming a band, it was hard to imagine we would ever share stages with acts like Space, Dodgy or Toploader.

“It has been brilliant to be involved with LeeStock right from the beginning.”

Edd Keogh, festival organiser, said: “Lee played in a band at Sudbury Upper School, so we always try to support local music by giving an opportunity for a battle of the bands winner to open the festival.”

The battle of the bands competition takes place at Ormiston Sudbury Academy on Friday, May 3, at 7pm and is for school bands only. Tickets cost £3 and can be bought from the school by calling 01787 375131.

Tickets for LeeStock cost £30 and are available from The White Horse, Compact Music and Waitrose in Sudbury, as well as at Great Cornard Sports Centre and online at www.leestock.org.