Sudbury battle of the bands cancelled

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A BATTLE of the bands competition in aid of a cancer charity had to be cancelled at the last minute after several bands pulled out.

Sudbury Upper School had planned to hold its third annual competition to find an opening act for Sudbury festival LeeStock on Friday night, but pulled the plug with just two bands set to take to the stage.

Music teacher James Tuck said: “Three things hit us badly – illness, big exams and the fact that some students took part in the Bury Songwriters’ competition.”

The event would have raised funds for The Willow Foundation, the cancer charity supported by LeeStock after it helped Sudbury musician Lee Dunford before he died in 2006.

“We were really disappointed that we couldn’t raise money for The Willow Foundation, so we are going to make a donation from our Saturday Night Fever Classic Album night,” said Mr Tuck. “Lee used to be at the school and we have an extra-curricular music prize that is awarded in his honour, so we have been very keen to keep that link going.”

LeeStock organiser Pete Keogh said: “It was obviously disappointing but we fully supported the school’s decision.”

The school’s “Classic Album night” featuring the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, will take place on Saturday, June 23, from 7.45pm. Tickets cost £3 for students or £5 for adults and are available on the door.