Organisers celebrate another sell-out year of LeeStock at Melford Hall
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Organisers of a Suffolk music festival which began its life in a social club in memory of a friend are celebrating another sell-out year.
LeeStock, which took place on Saturday and Sunday at Melford Hall, Long Melford, is held in memory of Sudbury musician Lee Dunford, who died following a battle with cancer aged 21.
This year marked the 12th year of the event, which has grown from humble beginnings at Glemsford Social Club to a two-day music festival, with 3,000 people attending on both days.
Since its inception, the event has raised more than £100,000 for the Willow Foundation, a national charity that provides special days for seriously-ill young adults.
The charity helped Lee shortly before he died.
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One of the organising team, Andy Piper, hailed this year’s event as a huge success once again.
“It’s been absolutely fantastic,” he said.
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“The weather, the bands, and the people have all been great and it’s gone pretty much without a hitch.
“When you consider the festival has gone from a small social club for 150 people to a sold-out two-day show for 3,000 people at Melford Hall, it’s pretty amazing.
“For us as organisers, the four or five of us who do this, you don’t often get the chance to take a step back and appreciate what the festival is.
“It would be nice to come to LeeStock one day as a fan, but I doubt it.
“It’s more than just a festival, it’s a community event that we want everyone to be a part of in memory of Lee Dunford.”
Indie rockers Feeder headlined the festival on Saturday, with support from The Pigeon Detectives and The Rifles.
Sunday’s line-up saw Reef top the bill ahead of electronica band Republica.
Hurricane #1, Walkway, Idestroy, The Jellycats, Sian Cross, Hollowstar, Ryno, The Von, and Martin Rafferty and the Northern City Lights also performed over the weekend to the sold-out crowds.
A host of bands from the local area also played over the two days at the popular event.
Mr Piper added: “Feeder went down a storm last night, they were great as were the Pigeon Detectives, who came on before them.
“The local bands have gone down really well also.”