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Charity music festival set to celebrate Norfolk Day with bands, a barbecue and fun for all the family

PUBLISHED: 17:48 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 18:28 16 July 2019

Wrestler and drummer Mike Waters, who will be compering this year's Rock Bodham music festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Wrestler and drummer Mike Waters, who will be compering this year's Rock Bodham music festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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Alternative rock band the Naked Lights and Norwich bar circuit regular DJ Hagstor will be headlining this year's Rock Bodham music festival, which, timed to coincide with Norfolk Day, kicks off on the village playing fields on July 27.

Fun for all the family at Rock Bodham music festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLFun for all the family at Rock Bodham music festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

It will also feature home grown talent including Benni Beard, Dynamite and Dinosaurs, Drop the Clutch, Fat 'n' Furious, Primes and Copper Firefly.

The event, which has raised more than £20,000 for local good causes since being founded by a group of music fans in 2012, last year handed over £1,000 to cancer charity Big C in memory of festival founder member Kevin Dando.

Rock Bodham founder member Darryl Biss, who will be appearing with his band Drop the Clutch at this year's event.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLRock Bodham founder member Darryl Biss, who will be appearing with his band Drop the Clutch at this year's event. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

New for this year is a kids' field pirate zone, with entertainment for young festival-goers also including Chilly the clown's party time and a Forest School area with outdoor crafts.

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Other attractions will range from face painting and a 'village green' with traditional games, to a raffle with prizes donated by Norfolk businesses and a barbecue with burgers and hot dogs cooked up by Holt butchers Allard's.

The Rock Bodham 'pub' - the Sadler's Arms - will be offering a selection of beers and spirits served up from behind a 'Hall of Fame' bar featuring iconic album covers, while the Hard Rock Bodham cafe will be offering refreshments, and a sweet shop will be selling treats and ice cream.

Festival fun for all the family at the annual Rock Bodham music festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLFestival fun for all the family at the annual Rock Bodham music festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Local drummer and professional wrestler Mike Waters will be sharing compere duties with Bodham parish councillor Callum Ringer, who is a founder member of the event.

"As well as a great selection of local bands, there are a host of new additions this year," Mr Ringer said. "We are an authentic Norfolk celebration of music and community and, as this year's festival will be held on Norfolk Day, we will not only have some of the county's best bands, but we'll also have a couple of surprises to reflect that."

Rock Bodham music festival which has been timed to coincide with Norfolk Day.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLRock Bodham music festival which has been timed to coincide with Norfolk Day. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Rock Bodham runs from 1.30pm-11.15pm on the village playing fields off the A148. Tickets, priced £5 (£1 under 12s, under 4s free) available on the gate. Parking will be available and Sanders Coaches will be laying on a special bus at 11.30pm from Bodham to Sheringham.

Organisers would be pleased to hear from anyone able to help with the festival, email bodhambigweekend@gmail.com for more information.

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