Martlesham Heath: Don’t miss Music on the Green

Music on the Green is expected to draw record-breaking crowds again

Music on the Green is expected to draw record-breaking crowds again - Credit: Archant

Martlesham mini Glastonbury returns for another 12 hours of non-stop music this Saturday.

Music on the Green, which almost didn’t go-ahead in 2012 until an influx of new committee members, raised £4,500 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices last year. It will be looking to smash this target with more than 10,000 visitors expected.

“So far the forecast looks good; obviously having a dry day makes a big difference,” says event spokesman Matthew White, who praised all the volunteers and supporters who have made the show possible.

“Every musical taste is catered for, from soft acoustic and choirs to classic covers and rock... we’ve got the choir from the hospice playing, Martlesham Brass and such like; then you’ve people like Benjamin Bloom who’s played in previous years and been really popular.”

Music on the Green gets underway with a car boot sale, with gates opening at 7am and pitches from £8. The 12-hour music marathon begins at 10.30am with sets from old favourites including The Martells plus up and coming local bands.

Those giving up their time to perform for free so far also include The Aurora, Beanstalk, The Black Smoke, Blue Wave, Chasing Storms, Pete Clough Band, The Downsetters, The Heartaker, ICGC, Long Days, Miss Lamb, Morpheus, Primo Nelson, Reb Capper, Riddlz, The Sea Creatures, Stone Cold Sober and Suspect Device.

Various other charities will have stalls on the day and there will be lots of rides and stalls aimed at children making it a really good family day out. Refreshments are available on site as well as from the Douglas Bader Pub situated on the green within view of all the action.

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Organisers will be holding speed raffles throughout the day with great prizes to be won including an Audi TT driving experience.

“Typically get around 10,000 people attend on the day, so the tag of ‘our own little Glastonbury’ is clearly accurate,” adds Matthew. “The more people who come, the more we can contribute to EACH.”

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