LeeStock Music Festival

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The LeeStock Music Festival (originally known as LeeFest) is an annual music festival, held in Sudbury, Suffolk since 2006 in memory of a local man, Lee Dunford, who died the same year.[1] The festival raises money for the Willow Foundation, a national charity that gives special days to seriously ill young adults. The festival is part of a number of events that aim to raise the profile of the Willow Foundation and raise money for them including a pub crawl,[2] a football match,[3] and a Twenty20 cricket match. Prior to the 2012 festival, LeeStock has raised £25,000 for the Willow Foundation.[4]

In 2011, LeeStock was held over the weekend of 28 and 29 May and featured 90s indie band Dodgy and ex-The Bluetones lead-singer Mark Morriss as the headline acts along with acts from all over the UK.[5][6] It was held at the White Horse public house in Sudbury.[6]

It was announced in February 2012 that LeeStock 2012 would move to A.F.C. Sudbury's home ground, the MEL Group Stadium to increase the capacity of the festival after selling out in 2011.[7] It was also revealed that Mark Morriss and Nigel Clark of Dodgy would be returning, this time joined by hit-selling D:Ream and American rock group Wheatus.[7] The acoustic stage was headlined by Nick Howard[8] who went on to win that year's The Voice of Germany.[9]

In 2013 the festival moved again, to the stately home and National Trust property Melford Hall,[10] in Long Melford, Suffolk and it was announced that the festival would be headlined by Toploader and Space.[11] By early 2014, the festival had raised almost £50,000 for the Willow Foundation and it was announced that the festival would again be held at Melford Hall, with the Lightning Seeds and an acoustic set by Terrorvision as the headline acts.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cawley, Laurence (4 May 2009). "Festival staged in memory of musician". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "LeeStock Olympic-themed fundraiser". Suffolk Free Press. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Special Days Tribute Funds Guide". Willow Foundation. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "LeeStock Music Festival". Willow Foundation. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Dobbie, Anna (20 May 2011). "Dodgy and Bluetones singer Mark Morriss at LeeStock". BBC News. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Festival gets second big act". Suffolk Free Press. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "First names announced for LeeStock charity event". eFestivals. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "LeeStock Music Festival". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Nick Howard is inspired by the German fans". Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Venue Move Bid". Suffolk Free Press. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "LeeStock Headliners Announced". festivalsforall.com. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  12. ^ "First names announced for LeeStock charity event". efestivals.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 

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