Woodbridge: Festival line-up steeped in talent

A Woodbridge musician is hoping to kick-start summer by putting on a four-day festival featuring some top local talent and nationally-recognised artists.

Peter Hepworth has for the last three years been travelling the county with the Blue Bus tour – a solar- powered, mobile, mini-festival stage.

But this Easter bank holiday weekend, the singer-songwriter turned music mogul is presenting something on a much grander scale.

“Festeaval” will see some 40 acts descend on the market town from Friday, April 22 to the following Monday.

The outdoor space at the riverside Tea Hut caf� is the chosen venue for the event – hence the festival’s name –and will host up to 500 music fans each day.

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Mr Hepworth, who himself has played the international concert circuit, said: “This is the first time I have done something on this size but it’s all coming together well.

“Organising the artists has been a bit of a heart-attack but a lot of them were attracted to the originality of the idea.

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“They are all artists who I admire and are uniquely special. It’s a credit to the area that a good percentage are from round here.”

Each artist has been hand-picked for the event, which Mr Hepworth hopes could become an annual happening.

The line-up includes home-grown talent The Kabeedies, Tiny Dragons and The Diarys, as well as rising stars from further afield like Kal Lavelle, Scott Matthews and Ryan Keen.

The busy schedule features a diverse mix of music styles, from gipsy jazz to folk.

And spoken-word artists are also due to appear alongside other entertainers.

Mr Hepworth said: “Every artist is up-and-coming and this could be the last chance for people to see them before they sky-rocket.

“I’m hoping Festeaval will be a showcase for the summer – and we’re going start it with a bang.”

Tickets for Festeaval are �10 for a day or �35 for a weekend pass and can be bought from the Tea Hut or by calling 01394 384538.

For more information on the event visit www.festeaval.co.uk.

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