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Sudbury: Battle of the bands starts the build-up to this year’s LeeStock music festival

PUBLISHED: 09:39 16 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:17 16 May 2014

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A packed weekend of music and sport will kick off the run-up to an annual festival held in memory of a talented west Suffolk musician.

A battle of the bands and charity football match will ramp up anticipation for the LeeStock music festival, which will be held at Melford Hall between May 24-25.

Young bands will battle it out at Ormiston Academy in Sudbury tomorrow in the town’s battle of the bands, while the annual Lee Dunford memorial match will take place at Great Cornard FC on Saturday.

Young local musicians will also be performing throughout the day at McDonald’s Sudbury – one of the festival’s principal supporters.

It is all part of the drive to honour former Ormiston Academy student Mr Dunford, who died in 2006 after a battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was just 21.

All the money raised goes to the Willow Foundation, a charity which helps care for seriously ill young adults.

Festival organiser Peter Keogh said: “The annual football match is always great fun and there’s a genuine rivalry there now – though the referee is one of Lee’s friends so we always hope for the rub of the green!

“The fact that it will be a real family day ties in with the feel of the festival this year so it should be a good day down at Cornard United.

“McDonald’s have been excellent in their support over the last couple of years and they’ve really got into the spirit this year, wearing T-shirts and hosting a music day. They’ll also be offering discounts to LeeStock ticket holders next weekend, so everyone wins.

“This weekend is a great way to highlight the festival next weekend and raise money for Willow.”

Tomorrow’s battle of the bands starts at 6pm at Ormiston Academy.

Leo Cox, head of performing arts at the school, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Battle of the Bands event again this year.

“The Willow Foundation is such a good cause and the Battle of the Bands is a perfect way to commemorate Lee and his time at Sudbury Upper School.”

The LeeStock music day will run at Sudbury McDonald’s from 10am-5pm on Saturday, with performances from the likes of Abbie Broom.

The Lee Dunford memorial cup match between LeeStock United and Melford Razors kicks off at 3pm on Saturday.

There will be activities for the whole family at the ground, with players from Cornard Dynamos youth team training on the pitch before the match.

The FA Cup final will also be shown live in the clubhouse afterwards.

For more information about this year’s LeeStock festival visit www.leestock.org

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