Last year we received hundreds of applicants and were truly amazed by the support and interest shown. However, we can only book a small number of acts. We wish you the very best of luck with your application.
At 17 you’re invincible, or so you would think. Being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at such a pivotal age is incomprehensible.
I remember being physically stunned when Lee told me of his illness. I didn’t know how to feel, and it wasn’t me that this was all happening to. I sometimes try to imagine what it must have been like for him, but I don’t think I could even come close to how he must have felt.
During the four and a half years of his illness Lee underwent several bone-marrow transplants and countless rounds of chemotherapy. Through it all he retained his impeccable sense of humour: always greeting people with a smile; and never wanting to be a hassle to anyone. In spite of his illness he lived life to the fullest that he could: playing in gigs with his band, the mighty Postillionage; returning to Sixth-form College at Sudbury Upper; even enrolling in an Open University natural sciences course.
I’m not sure how Lee was made aware of the Willow foundation, or how they were made aware of him. I do know that the two days I was lucky enough to spend with him and Andrew in London were amazing. Everything was thoughtfully organised and prepared by the charity. They listened to Lee’s requests and ideas and formulated a great trip to the City for us…
It was the summer of 2005 and The Willow Foundation had arranged for us to spend a couple of days in London, with one of them being at Slap Studios, Brixton. They put us up in a five star hotel, the Grovesnor, Marble Arch, and gave us £100 spending money. We travelled down early on the first day in glorious sunshine, and spent it mooching round the music shops off of Tottenham court road. In the evening we grabbed a bite to eat and went to the comedy store.
The next day was the day of the recording session in Brixton. The studio was in an old building, like a converted Victorian warehouse, it was also in the same building that Basement Jaxx have a studio. The engineer, Rory, was a smashing chap that did a great job of producing the track “Did you ever?” a band favourite, penned by Liam Steer, and adapted for this such recording by Lee and Andrew. The day flew by, with only occasional stoppages for cups of tea and pizza. In the end we produced a masterpiece of a song with a solid poignancy that hits me every time I listen to it.
I will cherish the memories of those two days forever, as I’m sure will anyone else who has benefitted from the work of the Willow Foundation.
As I have already said, Lee was very quick witted with an awesome sense of humour, but this is just the tip of the ice-berg in describing him as a person. He was a playful guy with a big heart, and this was supported by his mature resolve and compassionate wisdom.
LeeStock is a great and positive thing to come out of such a tragedy as losing Lee. It’s such a fitting testament to the guy, as he loved music and socialising, and a fantastic way to give back to Charity and help others in need.
Lee was, is, and will always be, an Inspiration.
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We’re very happy to announce our 2016 Saturday night headline act.
The Feeling shot to fame in 2006 with their multi platinum album ‘Twelve Stops and Home’. The album produced 5 top 40 hits including ‘Sewn’ and ‘Fill My Little World’. The band went on to record a number one selling album in 2008 with two further studio albums after 2010.
In 2016 The Feeling will release their self titled 5th album along with a Spring UK tour and a busy Summer festival schedule.
We’re looking forward to them visiting us at Melford Hall in Suffolk on 28th May.
Ska reggae collective New Town Kings are an Essex based band who emphatically blend old school Jamaican rhythms with a fresh dose of UK inspired ska.
The eight piece’s first musical offering, 2007’s ‘Sound of the New Town’, demonstrates their expert ability to create party fuelled ska anthems – with offbeat guitars and swirling horns aplenty. Following on from their debut, the Kings proceeded with sophomore release ‘M.O.J.O’ in 2011 – a carefully crafted war chest of fast paced ska and thumping dub. Lead track ‘News Stand’ warmed the hearts of fans with its throwback to vintage Jamaican ska, whilst ‘Dynamite’ proved to be a real favourite in the live arena.
2014 saw personnel changes and the release of ‘Pull Up & Rewind’ – a four track EP packed to the brim with energy and class. New frontman Dabs Bonner took little time in introducing himself to the New Town Kings faithful by putting his own unique stamp on their signature sound. This EP demonstrates just a small selection of their attacking arsenal, with tracks ranging from mellow, chilled out reggae reminiscent of Gregory Isaacs, to upbeat Summer fuelled ska of a similar vein to The Specials.
Hailing from New Town, Colchester – the New Town Kings’ modern twist on classic Jamaican music has seen them tour the country and play with the likes of The Skints, Gentlemen’s Dub Club and US reggae legends The Aggrolites to name a few. The eight piece have rarely taken it easy it when it comes to travelling the world with their own brand of ska, having clocked up over 500 shows across 10 different countries since their formation. Their punk rock ethic and extensive touring schedule has seen them perform at the likes of Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party, The HMV Forum and a whole host more – and the New Town Kings tour bus shows no sign of slowing down with further plans in progress for 2016.
2015 has seen the release of reggae anthem ‘Pack Up Bye Bye’ and ‘Luna Rosa’ featuring sound system veteran YT. There’s a new video and single set to drop in December and a new album to be recorded with Grammy nominated producer Daniel Boyle (Max Romeo/Lee Scratch Perry) in early 2016.
These releases have gained the attention and received airplay from BBC 1Xtra’s reggae hotshot David Rodigan MBE and also featured on Fred Perry Subculture, WorldAReggae and Punktastic.
LeeStock welcomes The JellyCats to Melford Hall Park this summer.
After forming in late 2010 and learning the tricks of the trade in 2011; 2012 was a very exciting year for this Brit Ska-Punk band; supporting some amazing bands such as Blink 182, Bad Manners and [spunge], playing at some awesome festivals like Download Festival, Slam Dunk and Hevy, winning the public vote in Red Bulls competition “Red Bull Bedroom Jam” and topping it off with the release of their début album which received 1.5 thousand downloads (You can listen/download it for FREE here … thejellycats.bandcamp.com).
Going into 2013 the momentum continued supporting 80’s ska legends The Beat in May and with plans for a UK tour, new EP, video’s and merch in the pipeline and regularly receiving plays by BBC Introducing The Jellycats are certainly ones to watch.
Denial Twist are a three piece Garage-Rock band from the Ipswich/Colchester area.
Formed late 2011 (under the name Short Man Blues), the band have built up a raw, energetic set through heavy and consistent gigging – sometimes playing to crowds numbering over ten people… They’re also well known to bust out a cheeky pop-cover when no one’s paying attention.
Their sound tastes crunchy, like a cocktail of Jack White’s old guitar, a bottle of red wine and a lock of Katy Perry’s hair, all brewed in an old bluesy hat.
Denial Twist do not gig, they party, and it is not to be missed!
The lead guitarist of LeeStock veterans ‘The Bimmys’ has embarked on his solo project during their hiatus in 2011.
The Debut album from Michael John McGlone and his ramshackle band (Between the devil and the Deep Blue Sea) combines macabre folk tales of love, life and death with foot stomping British hoedowns to leave you with a bitter melancholy taste at the back of your throat.
An acoustic trio based in Suffolk, Elephant in the Room is the evolution of the musings of Carl Scott.
Having played bass in a prog rock band yonks ago before deciding to start messing around with six strings and writing songs! The band is completed by the intricate harmonies of Fern Teather and the driving percussion of Sam Thurlow, playing original material written by Carl. Really proud to be back at Leestock for our 4th year; superbly accompanied by Al Lindsay on electric guitar and Oli Arditi on bass.
Genre? A little folky, acoustic rocky and very melodic.
Our debut album ‘Songs about…’ was released in early 2016.
We’re very pleased to announce the full line up for this year’s music festival.
Already confirmed as Saturday headliners are Scouting For Girls, the 2015 line up includes some familiar faces to the LeeStock faithful along with some new and exciting acts from around the country.
Watch the video below for further information:
Saturday 23rd May 2015
Scouting For Girls
House Of Thieves
Stretch Soul Gang
The Big Alabama
This Broken Empire
Sunday 24th May 2015
Patch & The Giant
The Turner Brothers
Michael John McGlone Band
Busking For Breakfast
Elephant In The Room
Best known as the frontman in The Bluetones, Mark Morriss will once again make an appearance at LeeStock presenting the line up on 24th May 2015.
Mark Morriss released his debut solo album Memory Muscle way back in 2008. Getting his hands dirty with his own set of songs has been an inspiring experience for Morriss who started trying them out acoustically at open-mic nights in London during 2004: “I’d just turn up with my guitar, play five or six songs, along with everyone else. I didn’t want any special favours, and just enjoyed the experience of stripping things right back down.”
Listen to Mark’s interview from LeeStock 2014
The Bluetones will be touring again later this year for their 20th anniversary. They split up back in 2011 after a farewell tour. The band had been together for 17 years and recorded 6 albums. We also have Mark performing all the great Bluetones hits around the country and will be appearing once again for LeeStock on 24th May 2015.
Mark originally headlined Sunday’s line up at LeeStock 2011 and played again in 2012 at The MEL Group Stadium. He presented our Sunday line-up in 2014, his second appearance for us at Melford Hall. We’re delighted to welcome him back to the live music scene in Suffolk. An exceptionally popular performer last year, Mark really bought into the reason behind the festival:
I’d just like to say that the atmosphere at last year’s event was so enjoyable that it was a very easy decision to return this year to help raise money and awareness for a great charity that is clearly very close to the heart of many local people.”