Elveden: Acts lining up for Big Tree Festival

Missing Andy

Missing Andy - Credit: Archant

TWO more acts have been announced for the Big Tree Festival, which is taking place at Euston Park, between Friday and Sunday, August 2 and 4.

Perhaps best known for their anthem Ready To Go, which stormed the charts worldwide in late 1996, Republica will be appearing on Saturday’s main stage.

As Brit-pop remained popular in England during the mid-’90s, Republica hit the charts with a sound closer in feel to ‘80s indie-dance groups such as the Pet Shop Boys and New Order.

And headlining the solar-powered second stage, which is designed to showcase local and upcoming talent, will be Essex-based indie rock band Missing Andy, which comprises Alex Greaves, Jonathan Sharpe, Rob Jones, Steve Rolls and Elliot Richardson.

The band’s debut single The Way We’re Made (Made In England), reached number 38 on the UK Singles Chart and number 7 on the UK Indie Chart in September 2010, after their status was confirmed as runners-up in Sky1’s television talent competition, Must Be The Music.

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Suffolk cider producers Aspall have announced their sponsorship of the bicycle-powered stage, which will feature a wide range of acoustic artists including stage headliners Beverley Craven and Dodgy. BBC Folk award-winning artists Lucy Ward and Ewan McLennan are also appearing on the Aspall stage, alongside a number of local and international performers.

They are joined across three eco stages by over 50 acts, including Yes Sir Boss, Will and the People, The Skints, Alice Gold and rock ‘n’ roll legends Eddie and the Hot Rods. The main and second stage headliners are due to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Mr Bloom from popular BBC CBeebies show Mr Bloom’s Nursery will also be stopping by to entertain the children over the weekend.

In addition to the music there will be fun and educational workshops and activities for all ages, including a Festival Library, where the Roald Dahl Museum will be stopping by for storytelling and eco-themed workshops, and a festival allotment, where people can learn more about sustainability.

Andy Reed, of Creation Suffolk, said: “We are delighted to welcome both Republica and Missing Andy to the Big Tree Festival this year. Both bands will be fantastic additions to the line up, which is really starting to take shape, with more exciting announcements being made in the coming weeks.”

For current line up and further information visit the festival website www.bigtreefestival.co.uk

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