Organisers celebrate another sell-out year of LeeStock at Melford Hall

The Pigeon Detectives on Saturday at LeeStock Picture: MICK REES

The Pigeon Detectives on Saturday at LeeStock Picture: MICK REES - Credit: Archant

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.

The Rifles at LeeStock Picture: MICK REES

The Rifles at LeeStock Picture: MICK REES - Credit: Archant

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.

Feeder perform at LeeStock 2018 Picture: MICK REES

Feeder perform at LeeStock 2018 Picture: MICK REES - Credit: Archant

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.

The stage at LeeStock Picture: ALLISON BURKE

The stage at LeeStock Picture: ALLISON BURKE - Credit: Archant

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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.

Indie rockers Feeder headlined the Saturday night at LeeStock Picture: ALLISON BURKE

Indie rockers Feeder headlined the Saturday night at LeeStock Picture: ALLISON BURKE - Credit: Archant

“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.

Idestroy at LeeStock Picture: MICK REES

Idestroy at LeeStock Picture: MICK REES - Credit: Archant

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.

LeeStock is celebrating its 12th year Picture: ALLISON BURKE

LeeStock is celebrating its 12th year Picture: ALLISON BURKE - Credit: Archant

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.”

Crowds at LeeStock Picture ANDREW DEERE

Crowds at LeeStock Picture ANDREW DEERE - Credit: Archant

Grant Nicholas of Feeder performs at LeeStock Picture: ANDREW DEERE

Grant Nicholas of Feeder performs at LeeStock Picture: ANDREW DEERE - Credit: Archant

Feeder perform at LeeStock Picture: ANDREW DEERE

Feeder perform at LeeStock Picture: ANDREW DEERE - Credit: Archant

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