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Cuddly Toy singer Roachford to headline this year’s Reepham Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:56 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:09 22 May 2018

Reepham Music Festival, which runs on August 11 and 12
Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Reepham Music Festival, which runs on August 11 and 12 Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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With artists including singer songwriter Andrew Roachford and top US tribute band Tragedy, this year’s Reepham Music Festival, which kicks off on August 11, looks set to be another sell-out success.

Andrew Roachford, who will be headlining at this year's Reepham Music Festival
Photo: ARCHANTAndrew Roachford, who will be headlining at this year's Reepham Music Festival Photo: ARCHANT

Headline act Roachford, whose group were record company Columbia’s biggest-selling UK act for ten years, topped the charts in the late 1980s and nineties with singles including Cuddly Toy and Family Man.

He went on to forge a successful solo career, also joining Mike and the Mechanics, the UK supergroup founded by Genesis bassist Mike Rutherford.Joining Roachford for Reepham 18, are acts including Dorset-based folk-punk favourites Black Water County, top tribute bands Mainly Madness and The Blue Sueders, Norwich folk-reggae foursome Mammal Not Fish,, classic rock band Izengard and US band Tragedy, whose genre-defying mash-up of Bee Gees songs delivered with a Guns N’ Roses swagger was described as having “more hooks than Hell’s cloakroom” by music magazine Metal Hammer.

Reepham music festival 
Picture: MARK BULLIMOREReepham music festival Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The family-friendly festival, which was first held in 2007 to raise cash for local good causes, has gone from strength to strength, boasting sell-out crowds for the past six years and raising thousands for charity.

This year’s event, which includes the usual eclectic mix of established artists, tribute acts and up-and-coming musicians, will see performers playing on a new stage at Rookery Meadow and on an acoustic stage at nearby St Mary’s Church.

Norwich folk-reggae band Mammal Not Fish, who are appearing at this year's Reepham Music Festival
Photo: suppliedNorwich folk-reggae band Mammal Not Fish, who are appearing at this year's Reepham Music Festival Photo: supplied

On Sunday, the festivities will move to Whitwell and Reepham station, where there will also be food, drink and children’s entertainment on offer.

Festival director Steve Jenkins said this year’s event promised to be bigger and better than ever, with something for everyone, whatever their taste in music.

Dorset-based folk punk group Black Water County, who are appearing at this year's Reepham Music Festival
Picture: suppliedDorset-based folk punk group Black Water County, who are appearing at this year's Reepham Music Festival Picture: supplied

He added: “Not only is every band and musician outstanding, but our philosophy has never changed – Reepham Festival is all about enjoying great music, having fun with the family and helping to support some of the region’s most deserving charities.”

Reepham Festival runs on August 11 and 12. Early bird tickets, and information about camping deals, are available at www.reephamfestival.co.uk or from Very Nice Things, Whitwell and Reepham station and Soundclash, Norwich.

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