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Feeling Appy!

Feeling Appy!

We’ve once again teamed up with local and regional breweries including Nethergate, Bartrams, Mauldons, Adnams and Greene King for our annual beer and cider festival.

Visit the Apple App Store today to download our new beer festival mobile app to stay up-to-date with this year’s definitive list of real ales and ciders.

Use the app to discover our festival lineup, rate the drinks you like the most and tell others all about it, through our integrated Twitter interface. Scan the QR tag to download directly to your iPhone.
LeeStock Beer Festival App

Many thanks to all the breweries and suppliers involved with our 2017 festival. A special thanks to Bartrams Brewery and The Best of Sudbury for this year’s charity LeeStock Ale. Please drink responsibly.

All proceeds from bar sales will be donated to LeeStock Music Festival and the Willow Foundation.


Full Lineup Announced for 2017

Full Lineup Announced for 2017

The festival site opens at 11.30am. First band scheduled to perform at around 12noon. Final act expected to finish at 10.30pm. There is a strict 11pm curfew. All attendees must vacate the festival site promptly once the headline act has finished, except for campsite ticket holders.

Newton Faulkner
Tinchy Stryder
The Uptown Monotones
Sweet Little Machine
The Brink
Stretch Soul Gang

The Bimmys
Rachael Sage
Tom Sanderson
Phoebe Austin
Elephant In The Room
Gabby Rivers

LeeStock 2017 Line up poster

Newton Faulkner Confirmed as Main Headliner

Newton Faulkner Confirmed as Main Headliner

We’re pleased to announce our main headline act for LeeStock 2017 is Newton Faulkner.

Newton rose to fame in 2007 when his debut album ‘Hand Build By Robots’, reached the top of the album charts, deposing Amy Winehouse, selling a million and spending a year in the Top 40. It was eventually certified as double platinum in the UK. The album produced three singles, with ‘Dream Catch Me’ reaching the top 10 in the UK singles chart.

After a freak accident that left the singer songwriter with a badly damaged right wrist, Newton returned in 2009 with his follow up album ‘Rebuilt by Humans’ reaching number 3 in the UK album charts. A second number one record was released in 2012 entitled ‘Write It On Your Skin’. Further album releases include ‘Studio Zoo’ in 2013 and his latest offering ‘Human Love’ released in 2015.

We’re very pleased to have him confirmed for Saturday 27th May 2017, and look forward to welcoming him to the grounds of Melford Hall this Spring Bank Holiday.

Toploader Return to Melford Hall for 2017 Festival

Toploader Return to Melford Hall for 2017 Festival

We’re very pleased to be welcoming back our 2013 headliners, Toploader, to the grounds of Melford Hall, for our 10th year of the festival.

Since forming in 1997 Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album ‘Onka’s Big Moka,’ sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months earning them 4 Brit Award nominations.

In 2000 the single ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global hit spending over a year in European Airplay Charts transforming Toploader into a house- hold name. In 2013 the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weeks, an incredible thirteen years after it was first released, cementing it as one of the biggest songs of recent times.

Their second album ‘Magic Hotel’ reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and saw Joseph Washbourn (singer), Dan Hipgrave (guitar), Matt Knight (bass) and Rob Green (drums) embark on the biggest tour of their careers playing to over 100,000 people in the UK alone.

In 2013 Toploader released two singles ‘Turn It Around,’ co-written with Eg White (Adele, James Morrison) and produced by Andy Green (Keane, Scouting For Girls) and ‘This Is The Night,’ produced by Tim Bran (London Grammar). Both tracks were excellently received by the press and gained strong support with BBC Radio 2 with placements on the ‘A’ Playlist. ‘This Is The Night’ gave them their first No.1 in the Radio 2 Airplay Charts.

With a reputation as a genuine crowd pleasing live band Toploader have backed the likes Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Bon Jovi, where they became the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium. They have also appeared at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, V-Festival, T In The Park and Chris Evans’s Carfest.

Toploader are currently working on new material, which will be accompanied by a full UK tour.

Wheatus Confirmed for 2017

Wheatus Confirmed for 2017

New York’s Wheatus confirmed to play at their second LeeStock festival. We hope you’re as excited to see them again as we are.

Originally formed in 1995 by Brendan B. Brown, Wheatus from Northport, NY, rose to fame in 2000 with their hit single ‘Teenage Dirtbag’. The song has featured as the soundtrack to films including ‘Loser’ and HBO’s television series ‘Generation Kill’. The second single from their first album, a cover of Erasure’s ‘A Little Respect’, made the top 5 in the UK charts and became another huge worldwide hit.

Upon the release of their second album ‘Hand Over Your Loved Ones’, the band suffered from a lack of exposure and promotion due to disputes with their record label. The 2003 disagreements meant the album was never released in the USA, was barely publicised in the UK and in other parts of the world. As the band broke from their record contract they re-released their second album as ‘Suck Fony’. Since 2007 the album has been available for download via iTunes and Amazon MP3.

Their third album ‘Too Soon Monsoon’ was released in 2005 and immediately made available for download on the bands website. A host of line-up changes, tours, EP’s and album releases over the last 10 years saw the band embark on a successful 15th anniversary tour in 2015, including 30 shows in the UK, seven in Ireland and several more across Europe and the US.

In 2016 the band toured as main support for Busted during their ‘Pigs Can Fly’ Arena Tour. A seventh album is now being recorded, which is due for release in early 2017.

Tinchy Stryder Added to Saturday Line up

Tinchy Stryder Added to Saturday Line up

We’re pleased to confirm another top act added to our Saturday night line up for LeeStock 2017.

Kwasi Danquah better known as Tinchy Stryder, has released three solo studio albums since 2007 with his 2009 release of ‘Catch 22’ reaching number 2 in the UK album charts, certified Gold status.

Collaborations with N-Dubz, Calvin Harris, Taio Cruz, Pixie Lott, Amelle Berrabah, Melanie Fiona and Craig David has seen Tinchy Stryder achieve 10 top 40 records in the UK singles chart, with 2 number one hits to date.

We’re looking forward to seeing him perform for us in May, at Melford Hall.

Goldie Lookin’ Chain Announced as Sunday Support

Goldie Lookin' Chain Announced as Sunday Support

We’re pleased to welcome Newport hip hop heroes Goldie Lookin’ Chain (GLC) to LeeStock, on Sunday 28th May.

Their 2004 release of “Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do” reached number 3 in the UK charts, with their Greatest Hits album making the top 5 in the same year. GLC had released 6 albums before signing a major record deal. The album name is a satirical attempt to highlight the group’s previous lack of commercial success and their “stoner” image; it compiled a mixture of new material and selections from their previous six unofficial albums.

A follow up to ‘Greatest Hits’ was released in 2005 and reached 16 in the UK album charts, with the single “Your Missus Is a Nutter” reaching 14 in the UK singles charts. To date GLC have achieved 6 top 40 UK hits. Their latest material from the 2016 album “Pill Communication” can be found on their YouTube channel.

We’re looking forward to seeing them this May at Melford Hall.

Introducing the Stag & Doe Comedy Tent

Introducing the Stag & Doe Comedy Tent

We’re pleased to announced a new addition to our 2017 festival.

Teaming up with The Suffolk Punch Comedy Club with support from Stag & Doe Contemporary Jewellers and Mauldons Black Adder Brewery, we’re able to bring an extra element to our festival. The Comedy Tent is in addition to the already established and popular family area and beer festival.


Full lineup featuring:

Junior Simpson, Kahn Johnson, Ali Warwood, Adam Bromley Gavin Milnthorpe, Tom Caruth, Will Jones, The Monks, Paul Johnstone

Pauline Are, Janet Garner, Carl Denham, Tom Caruth, Clayton Harrison, Martin Westgate, Oli Watson

The Comedy Tent lineup is subject to change at short notice. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disappointment.

Band Applications Closed for 2017

Band Applications Closed for 2017

We can now confirm that all applications to perform at LeeStock 2017 are closed for consideration.

We’ve received over a thousand applicants and are truly amazed by the support and interest shown.

Band applications are now closed

However, we can only book a small number of acts. If you have applied to play at this year’s festival we wish you the best of luck. If you’re unsuccessful on this occasion please try again later this year, when the application process re-opens for the 2018 festival.

Video: View our highlights from 2016!



SURGE are an infectious, garage-rock cocktail of tongue-in-cheek lyricism, angular riffs and catchy melodies – an addictive blend that’s been likened to early-Blur and constantly championed by BBC Introducing.

Hailing from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, this enthralling, guitar-ladened, four-piece have quickly established themselves as a blistering live force and their energetic and often unpredictable live shows have been said to embody the same snarling edge of The Vaccines and the charming characteristics of The Libertines.

Since the group’s debut gig at The Soundhouse, Colchester in April 2015, SURGE have released three singles, (two self-produced) in ‘Tears of Joy’, ‘LOVEBLOOD’ and ‘Lemonade’ – one of which was released on a red 7” vinyl, after many fans of the band donated to what went on to be a successful Kickstarter campaign in support of the release.

The band have also recorded a live session for BBC Introducing, performed at Camden Rocks Festival alongside the likes of Carl Barat and The Cribs, seen their second single sold via Rough Trade Records, played at the historic Camden Barfly and caught the attention of popular music websites, Gigwise, Louder Than War, Gigslutz, Little Indie Blogs, A Music Blog Yea?and It’s All Indie.

Following two massive London shows – (This Feeling, The Barfly) that saw the band collectively sell over 120 tickets – SURGE now look to capitalise on their newfound popularity outside of their hometown by embarking on a U.K tour early next year, followed by a short run of shows across Europe in the summer.

Having been heavily likened to the jangly-guitar driven sound that dominated the Noughties, following the emphatic rise of The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, the band have said to take pride in such comparisons, but where they don’t aim to entirely emulate their indie-predecessors, they do aspire to re-capture the very ‘bit-between-your-teeth’ essence that ran through the veins of such bands, in order to help rejuvenate the somewhat drab state of today’s ‘ruled by manufactured-pop’ music industry.

The Brink

The Brink

Influenced by great bands of both past and present, The Brink boys, Tom Quick (vocals), Lexi Laine (Rhythm Guitar), Gary Connor (bass guitar), and Davide DRAKE Bocci (drums) bring new life and energy to the table of today’s current Rock scene. They are producing a vibrant, new, 20th Century form of balls-to-the-wall Rock N Roll!

With a reputation of being the most hard-working unsigned band in the county, The Brink show no evidence of slowing down or losing the passion that they have for rock music. Weaving delicate harmonies, both vocal and instrumental, together with hard driven rock riffs, they have created a fresh style of their own, enticing fans from a variety of different musical interests providing professionalism and showmanship towards the genre. With a background fuelled by great influences they create fist pumping anthems and solid rock ballads belonging on the stadium stage. Producing a fresh young look, a live performance filled with excitement and vivacity, and a song writing ability befitting early Def Leppard and Bon Jovi.

Starting their rock n roll journey in Wisbech & Cambridge, the guys have worked their way up the ladder to headline in places such as London, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Nottingham and Lincoln, in some of the best venues they can get their hands on! With 2 E.Ps under their belt and much more to come, the future looks bright and the road long, and this bunch certainly have what it takes to go the distance.