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Saxmundham: Big crowds turn out to enjoy town’s first ever music festival

12:06 20 July 2014

Saxmundham first ever music festival - Sax Music Fest. One-day event with 14 bands taking part.

Saxmundham first ever music festival - Sax Music Fest. One-day event with 14 bands taking part.

Around 800 people enjoyed a market town’s first ever music festival at the weekend.

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Fourteen bands took to the stage as the crowds lapped up the music, and the warm summer sunshine – with rain only arriving in the final moments of headline act UK Beach Boys’ set.

As the band finished the downpour dispersed the crowd, which ran for cover and home.

Terry Barrow, events officer for Brook Farm Residents’ Association, which organised Saturday’s free Sax Music Fest on the Memorial Field in Saxmundham, said: “It was a fantastic day, absolutely wonderful. We had a diverse range of music and everyone really enjoyed it.”

One of the keys was to involve young people in the town. They took part in two months of workshops and performed at the event.

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8 comments

  • What would be really good, would be for a group of people to fund and run the White Hart jointly. Might even be able to get it back to the good pub it used to be. Very few places to go in Saxmundham now, I would say it does not need to be turned into a 120 seat restaurant, which I believe may be the plan. Bring back the White Hart as a pub !!!!!

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    Fred

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Plus we shouldn't forget that in the 3 years, about 3 grand was raised for st Elizabeths hospice. :-)

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    landlords daughter

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • The EADT reported on all 3 Saxstock music festivals so they should have known better. It should also be noted that these were run completely unfunded and without the help and generosity of the White Hart customers they wouldn't have been the success I they were. Thanks to you all [you know who you are!]

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    Landlord

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Yes, week in, week out, the White Hart would be busy. Music nights it was crammed full, bands from all over played there.

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    Fred

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Sax White Hart was a really good night out when Keith and Jackie had it. Good people, good pub, good bands. Pity they don't come back and run it again.

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    jenny

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Watched jade play at the weekend, as well as at Saxstock. Always entertaining. Good pint of Adnams on Saturday. How different Saxmundham itself is now, compared to when Saxstock took place. Lots more houses, but little going on in the high street. The White hart stands empty. When saxstock took place you would struggle to get in the White hart it was so busy. Saw lots of bands there, had many great nights out.

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    Fred

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Jade did indeed play at saxstock, and some of them helped build the stage a couple of times aswell :)

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    edf linesman

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

  • Not quite correct here, first saxmundham music festival was called SaxStock and happened years ago on the same field. SaxStock the first music festival was organised by local publicans and a local band. In fact I believe that Jade who played Sax Music Fest also played at SaxStock, the first music festival held in saxmundham.

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    jenny

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

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