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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.

We’re looking forward to welcoming English comedian Mark Watson to Melford Hall.  Mark has appeared regularly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the first ever Panel Prize at the if.comeddies in 2006 and being nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2005 Perrier Comedy Awards. His other awards include the Time Out Critic’s Choice Award 2006 and a Barry Award nomination for best show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2006.

Watson has performed several unusual shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Festivals, including marathon shows lasting 24 hours and more. The first of these shows was performed at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which lasted 24 hours. At the end of the show he proposed to his girlfriend Emily Howes, who accepted. These shows have also featured guest appearances from other performers such as Tim Key, Tim Minchin, Adam Hills, Daniel Kitson, David O’Doherty, Brendon Burns and John Dorney as the balladeer.

You may also recognise him from TV shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow amongst many others.

Full Lineup Announced for 2017

Full Lineup Announced for 2017

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

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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.

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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.

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.



LeeStock T-Shirts will be available to buy at the festival. We will have a brand new range for 2017 featuring our headline acts.

All t-shirts will be on sale for £10 each, available to buy from the merchandise stall at the festival. Polo shirts (black, and royal blue) are available for £15 each and hoodies (charcoal and light blue) for £20 each.

Festival programmes will be available for a token fee of £1.

For further information please email


To buy tickets for this event please visit our events page: LeeStock Music Festival 2017 tickets from Skiddle.

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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.

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.