Sutton music festival planned for British Heart Foundation

Strange Tail who are performing at the Staithing Alive festival.

Strange Tail who are performing at the Staithing Alive festival. - Credit: Archant

A pair of school friends are hoping to raise money for a heart charity by putting on a new music festival.

Blindside who are performing at the Staithing Alive festival.

Blindside who are performing at the Staithing Alive festival. - Credit: Archant

Phillipa Levy, 22, from Happisburgh, and Thomas Balfour, 23, from North Walsham, have organised the Staithing Alive Festival in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

The family event will take place between July 25, 26 and 27 at The Sutton Staithe Hotel, Sutton, near Stalham, and will feature local bands, singer-songwriters and DJs.

It will start at 7pm on July 25.

Miss Levy, who went to All Saints' School in Lessingham, said: 'We are both into different music and wanted to support different bands. We wanted to do something different for a good cause. It is really exciting and this has been something I have always wanted to do.

'Both Tom and I have both been affected by heart problems in one way or another through family connections.'

The festival will feature about 15 bands who play a range of music including ska, reggae, classic rock, blues, alternative rock and soul.

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Acts performing at the festival will be reggae band Killamonjambo; Strange Tail who play classic rock; alternative rock and blues band The Upgrade; Blindside who play rock covers; hard rock group Morbius; Distant Sun; soul and funk band Banjaxled; and Liberty Gene which plays alternative rock.

There will also be singer-songwriters and individual musicians performing at the festival.

They will be Becca Hazel who sings covers and sings alternative songs; Jude Garrod; Death Stares; and beatboxer Josh Hyland who peforms under the name Differential.

Most of the festival acts come from the Norwich area but some come from Great Yarmouth.

Music lovers will be able to camp on site – teenagers aged 16 or under will need to camp with an adult.

Weekend camping tickets cost £20, day tickets cost £7.50. It will be free for children aged 12 and under.

Miss Levy, who works in sponsorship and hospitality for the Norfolk Showground, hopes to put on a similar event next year.

She added: 'We would love to be able to do something like this each year.'

Traders from Stalham will have stalls at the festival.

To buy tickets, call 07770 805908 or search Staithing Alive Festival on Facebook.

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