Tribute acts to rock festival

TRIBUTE acts to some of music’s biggest names will headline a Sudbury festival this summer.

Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry and The Commitments tributes will headline the third Live and Kicking music festival at AFC Sudbury’s MEL Group Stadium.

The festival has teamed up with LeeStock – which is held in memory of Sudbury musician Lee Dunford, who died of cancer aged 21, and raises money for The Willow Foundation – for two days of family fun over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.

Leestock’s day will be headlined by American rock band Wheatus and Sheffield indie act Babybird.

Live and Kicking organiser Richard Instance said: “We are delighted to have attracted some of the UK’s leading tribute acts – there is something there for everyone, making for a perfect family festival.”

Joining them on stage will be several local bands, including the winner of a battle of the bands competition at Sudbury Upper School.

“We are pleased to have so many local bands playing, giving local musicians a platform to showcase their talents,” added Mr Instance.

There will also be bouncy castles, face-painting and a children’s entertainer at the event, which was headlined by glam-rockers Sweet last year.

“We hope that by working together the weekend event will become one of the most important dates in the region’s music calendar,” said Mr Instance.

Leestock takes place on Sunday, June 4, with Live and Kicking the following day.

Tickets for Live and Kicking are priced at £15 for adults and £5 for children, with family tickets costing £35. They are available from the MEL Group Stadium, Sudbury Tourist Information Centre or online, while LeeStock tickets cost £20.

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BIG HOPES: Richard Instance is delighted with this year’s line-up for Live and Kicking in June.