BRIT Award nominated Scouting For Girls to headline LeeStock

The LeeStock music festival in the grounds of Melford Hall in memory of Lee Dunford.

The LeeStock music festival in the grounds of Melford Hall in memory of Lee Dunford. - Credit: Archant

The full line-up for one of Suffolk’s most popular music festivals has been announced, with multi-BRIT nominated Scouting For Girls named as the headline act.

The annual LeeStock Festival, which is now in its eighth year, will again be held at Long Melford Hall and will feature 26 acts over two days on the Spring Bank Holiday.

Local acts booked to perform include Alan Bonner, The Abstracts and Lemon Party, while 10-year-old Phoebe Austin, from Sudbury, will open the Sunday.

The performers will be on stage alongside artists from across the county including last year’s favourites Dumbfoundus and headliners Scouting For Girls.

Known for their three top 10 albums including the hits Elvis Ain’t Dead, This Ain’t A Love Song and She’s So Lovely, the London band will close the Saturday night.

The event will again feature a family area, food stalls and licensed bar and will include an annual ale festival. LeeStock was started in memory of 21-year-old Sudbury musician Lee Dunford.

The festival also raises money for the Willow Foundation which provides special days for seriously-ill young adults, including Lee shortly before he died in 2006 after a brave battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

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To date the festival has raised more than £50,000 for the foundation.

Edd Keogh, one of the organisers, said: “We’re so pleased with our lineup this year.

“We have had hundreds of band applications and it’s a very tough job to choose the right mix but we’re excited at this year’s roster.

“To have an act like Scouting For Girls playing is a real coup and we hope it is exciting news for people from the Sudbury area who often have to travel to see such big name acts.

“The festival has grown from year to year and it’s a real honour to be getting the support that we do, all in Lee’s name, raising money for a fantastic charity.”

Tickets for LeeStock, which will take place this year on May 23 and 24, are from £12 each (plus booking fee).

They are available from, the White Horse pub or Stag and Doe jewellers, both in North Street.