PICTURES: Thousands flock to Long Melford for annual LeeStock music festival
From its humble beginnings as a small gig at Glemsford Social Club, LeeStock festival cemented itself as one of Suffolk’s premier annual music events, as thousands made the trip to Long Melford over the weekend.
Approximately 6,000 visitors enjoyed a varied line-up of acts across two stages at Melford Hall, including headliners Pixie Lott and Starsailor on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Performing to a sell-out capacity for a third consecutive year, the festival is staged annually in honour of Lee Dunford, who died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006, at the age of 21.
To date, it has raised about £150,000 for the Willow Foundation, which provides days out for young adults who are suffering from life-threatening diseases.
The charity’s founder, Bob Wilson, also appeared on stage as a special guest, and praised the support of the festival over the years.
LeeStock co-organiser Matt Keogh told the Free Press he felt this year’s event was one of the best yet, and they expected to make another large donation in aid of the foundation.
“It really is unbelievable how it has grown,” he said. “It is difficult when you are in the zone of organising it, but we do have to step back and reflect on that sometimes.
“If you said 12 years ago we would be selling out to 6,000 people, we would have laughed.
“To have somebody of Pixie Lott’s status here shows we are attracting a lot of different types of people.
“The important thing is we are showing that this is a festival and a celebration of music. We have had a diverse and inclusive line-up for the past few years.
“We have got a lot of comments, which are really nice to hear. People are really pleased with the family approach and the facilities.
“It will never be a Latitude or a Glastonbury, but we always want to improve. We are striving to make it better each year, but not necessarily bigger in terms of capacity.”