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Ticket Information

Ticket Information

Tickets for LeeStock 2017 are on sale from a secure, safe and reputable ticketing agency.

Weekend, camping, camper van and caravan tickets are on sale. Individual Saturday and Sunday tickets can also be bought through our online ticketing agents Skiddle. Please buy early to avoid missing out!

The festival is family friendly with children under the age of 12 allowed to attend for free, however, they must have a valid ticket to enter the site and be accompanied by a paying adult.

The site opens on both days at 11:30am, with our first act scheduled to be on stage at around midday. There is a strict 11pm curfew. All non camping attendees are permitted to leave the festival site within the grounds of Melford Hall promptly, once the music has finished.

For further information please email contact@leestock.org

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The Drage & Tozer Family Area

The Drage & Tozer Family Area

Returning for 2017, LeeStock will host its popular family area.

This year you’ll find face painting, bouncy castles, arts and crafts, raffle prizes and lots of fun and games, available throughout the weekend.

Last year our family friendly area was such a success that we had to make it a permanent addition to the festival. Your children will be kept busy and entertained whilst you listen to all of our great acts.

This year the family area will be sponsored by Drage & Tozer Opticians from Sudbury. We’d like to thank them for their support and also congratulate them on over 20 years of business. Visit www.drageandtozer.co.uk to find out about their excellent range of services and frames.

The Family Area will host many types of entertainment including:

  • Story time and music time on alternate hours
  • Face painting
  • Glitter tattoos
  • Books to read
  • Chalk table
  • Colouring in
  • Sand and water play

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



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Camping Information

Camping Information

At long last, on your request, LeeStock has onsite camping!

LeeStock 2014 saw the arrival of a dedicated camping area within the grounds of Melford Hall.  Run by an experienced festival campsite team, the area will be family friendly with clean running water. Campervans are welcome, although unfortunately, there will be no electrical or water hookups.  Campervans and caravans will require a separate ticket.

Camping tickets are now available to purchase but must be bought separately to the festival entrance tickets. Individual camping tickets are £15 per person (plus booking fees) for two nights stay.

For further information please email contact@leestock.org

Stewards and event security will monitor the campsite throughout the festival weekend. However, we accept no responsibility for any personal loss or damage. You must take care to protect your possessions.

The campsite will be open from 11:30am on Saturday, around the same time as the main festival site. The first act is due to open at around midday.

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


Please read our full terms and conditions carefully as failure to comply could lead to eviction from both the campsite and the festival.

 

Bring your own policy (campsite only)

We will be benefiting from profits from the bar and also from our caterers so please spend freely. If you wish to bring your own alcohol to the campsite, you are welcome to subject to restrictions listed below.  Please don’t bring any glass bottles or containers.  Please enjoy yourself and enjoy any alcohol responsibly, we look forward to welcoming you. No alcohol is permitted to be brought onto the festival site.

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Please enjoy the campsite, we want it to be a key feature of the festival for years to come and with your help we know it will be.

Site address:
Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9AA

Onsite Facilities:
Water and Toilets

Offsite Facilities:
Food Shop 0.5m, Restaurant 0.5m, Takeaway Food 1m, Laundrette 2.3m

Fees:
£15 per person for the weekend (plus booking fee)

 

Campfires are NOT permitted.

Only fitted camper van gas canisters or cylinders are permitted onsite. No electricity or water hook ups are available. One tent is permitted alongside the camper van. Cars cannot be parked next to the camper van. They can be used as a towing vehicle but then must be removed.  Alcohol policy applies to camper van and any cutlery considered to be too large or have too many sharp objects that could cause harm to anyone will be confiscated.

Campsite Alcohol Policy

Alcohol brought to the campsite must comply with the event regulations which are:

  • Weekend campers aged 18 and over can bring in limited amounts and types of alcohol
  • Types of alcohol allowed – beer, cider, alco-pops and wine
  • Quantity per person: 24 cans beer or 18 cans of cider or 3 litres of wine or 24 bottles (must be plastic) alco-pops
  • NO SPIRITS
  • Excessive amounts of food and cigarettes may be refused entry to the site. Only bring enough for personal consumption.
  • You can only bring in alcohol when you first enter
  • You will not be able to exit & re-enter with alcohol by use of your wristband
  • All drinks must be unopened and not in glass bottles
  • Alcohol is on sale at the event but you must be 18 or over to purchase it
  • Bring ID, you will be asked each time you buy a drink
  • No glass allowed. You must be 18 to bring in alcohol and may be asked for ID. Alcohol will only be permitted on first entry to the festival.
  • It is illegal to attempt to buy alcohol if you are under 18 and it is illegal to buy alcohol for another person who is under 18. Challenge 25 is in place at all bars

 

Arena Alcohol Policy

No alcohol is allowed into the festival arena. Excessive amounts of food and cigarettes may be refused entry to the site. Only bring enough for personal consumption. It is illegal to attempt to buy alcohol if you are under 18 and it is illegal to buy alcohol for another person who is under 18. Challenge 25 is in place at all bars.

Click here to find out more about Melford Hall and the National Trust

Melford Hall in Suffolk the venue for LeeStock Music Festival from LeeStock Music Festival on Vimeo.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

This year as always, we have a wide range of food and drink available on site.

Food

Project Seven will be providing their usual range of refreshments. We also have a dedicated “L M Cleaning Services Re-Fuel Zone” with a marquee and seating area including:

  • Project 7 (burgers, hot dogs, hot and cold soft drinks)
  • Benson Blakes (paella, pulled pork/beef/chicken baps, kebabs)
  • Bowers Hog Roast
  • Fish & Chips
  • Reds Catering (German sausages)
  • Fitzroy Vegan & Veggie
  • Mac N Cheese
  • Gelato (ice cream van)
  • Waffle Works
  • Tiffins Tea Emporium (cakes & scones)
  • Candyliscious (candyfloss and sweets)

Full English Breakfast on sale from 9am Sunday (campers only) for only £5 – courtesy of Project Seven.

Bar

We have a fully licensed bar where we intend to keep prices at a very reasonable rate. We will also be running a beer & cider festival featuring Nethergate, Bartrams Brewery (including our LeeStock charity beer), Colchester Brewery,  Adnams and Greene King, plus some limited edition LeeStock Beer festival glasses. There will also be a selection of real ciders, so come join the party!

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
www.itunes.apple.com/gb/app/leestock-beer-festival

 

Bring your own policy

The festival benefits from proceeds from the bar and caterers so please spend freely. If you wish to bring your own you are welcome to do so. However, please don’t bring any of your own alcohol (a license condition i’m afraid) or any glass bottles or containers. Most of all enjoy yourself and enjoy alcohol responsibly. We look forward to welcoming you.

www.drinkaware.co.uk

To buy tickets for our events please visit: Skiddle.

Sell tickets online: Skiddle Promotion Centre

Please read our full terms and conditions carefully as failure to comply could lead to eviction from both the campsite and the festival.

Listen to LeeStock on BBC Radio Suffolk

Listen to LeeStock on BBC Radio Suffolk

LeeStock organizer Pete Keogh spoke to BBC Radio Suffolk’s Stephen Foster about our latest announcements and preparations for this year’s festival, to be held for the third time at Melford Hall in Suffolk.

Watch and listen to the video below

Review Us!

Review Us!

Have you always wanted to write a review about how great a festival LeeStock is but haven’t had a place to vent your excitement?  Well worry no more!

We’ve linked up with thebestof Sudbury to add a review widget to our website so you can now tell us what you like about the festival.  Just click on the “leave a review” link on the right hand side and you can tell all of your friends and family why they should be joining you at your favourite mini-fest.

With our Family Area, beer festival and of course our rocking stage, there should hopefully be lots of nice things that you can write about us.

You can of course always e-mail us at contact@leestock.org if you have any specific comments or concerns.  Plus make sure you pop along to thebestof Sudbury and see what people are saying about other local businesses and events.

To buy tickets for this event please visit the events page: LeeStock Music Festival 2016 tickets from Skiddle.

Ticket sales and event registration Skiddle Promotion Centre

More Than Just a Music Festival

More Than Just a Music Festival

LeeStock is about music. It’s about people. It’s about fun and it’s definitely about remembering. It’s a little bit about football and a lot about bands.

Whether you like listening to bands, spending time with your friends, raising money for charity or raising a drink to the legend that is Lee; LeeStock is what you need.

Starting in 2006, LeeStock was born when a bunch of Lee’s friends wanted to put on a tribute gig in the memory of music mad Lee Dunford who had sadly passed away earlier that year. The gig was a rip-roaring success, very well attended as be-fitting someone as popular as Lee.

Melford Hall in Suffolk the venue for LeeStock Music Festival from LeeStock Music Festival on Vimeo.

Lee Dunford and his band Postillionage

After a year’s break, it was back and bigger than ever. 2008’s event saw 6 local acts rock out at Glemsford Social Club and leave an audience of nearly 300 people very happy. Attendees ranged from the young to the old, bringing together many different people and raising nearly £3000 for the Willow Foundation charity.

So after the success of 2008, where could we go from there? Well with all of the kind words received about the success of the festival, the only way was up. In 2009, there were twice as many acts playing over two days. Saturday 2nd May saw 6 live bands rock out the LeeStock venue with some noisy, excellent music and Sunday 3rd saw the bands unplug and 6 more acts played acoustic sets.  There was amazing weather, excellent music, a big curry, nearly 500 attendees and the odd auction or two!  In total, over £5000 was raised, bring LeeStock’s grand total donation to the Willow Foundation of £8000.

Stage LeeStock 2009

2010 saw LeeStock move to The White Horse pub in Sudbury, with a huge outside stage, gazeebos, BBQ and ponchos not to mention our specially Sudbury imported turf for all our Stockers. The bands were absolutely amazing, even when the show moved inside to escape the weather. The atmosphere was electrifying and LeeStock 2010 raised almost £8000, matching the amount donated from LeeStock from the previous 2 years put together!

LeeStock 2010 at the White Horse, Sudbury, Suffolk

LeeStock 2011 was again held at the White Horse in Sudbury.  We were delighted to sell out of tickets, and this was no doubt in part down to our two massive headliners – Dodgy and Mark Morris of the Bluetones. They put on an excellent show, and that along with the Sunday G-Roast (extreme bug eating), the pyrotechnics and the good weather made for an amazing two day festival. The amazing generosity of our Stockers meant we could take the total amount donated to Willow up to an amazing £25,000.

Dodgy at LeeStock 2011

In 2012 we needed a bigger venue and were welcomed to The MEL Group Stadium, home of AFC Sudbury.  With Wheatus headlining as part of the UK tour, with support from D:ream and the return of Mark Morris, the event was the biggest yet – despite the down pour! – and brought our total donation to the Willow Foundation to just under £40,000.00 to date.

Perhaps the only regret was that there was only one day at LeeStcok 2012 so from 2013 LeeStock has a new home at Melford Hall Park with the potential for an even bigger festival for many years to come.  The opportunity here is extremely exciting and Melford Hall Park really does feel like coming home.  The line up is already exciting us and your feedback has been overwhelming too.  Roll on May 25th and 26th!

LeeStock 2012 at The MEL Group Stadium

LeeStock doesn’t stop at the festivals though.  There have been quiz nights, basketball matches, the annual football match, a fun run and even a fancy dress pub crawl!  If you’ve got something you want to do to raise money, please contact us or visit the Involvement page.

The Lee Dunford memorial match

Thank you all for visiting the site and being part of LeeStock.

Please buy your tickets early, spread the word, visit our facebook group. LeeStock is about fun, but it’s also about raising money for a very worthy cause and remembering a very special individual – none of which can be done without your active involvement. So get involved. Send us messages, keep an eye on the website (there should be some fun updates if any of our ideas come off!) and start donating.

Let’s make LeeStock 2013 the best yet.

LeeStock Sellotape Selfies

LeeStock Sellotape Selfies

Take part in the LeeStock Sellotape selfie challenge and help raise money for Willow Foundation.

Simply Sellotape your face, post the picture online using Facebook or Twitter, then donate by texting LSTK99 plus your amount to 70070.

The money will then be donated to Willow Foundation. The amount you donate will be added to your monthly phone bill or deducted from your pay-as-you-go credit.

Make sure you get your friends involved by tagging them on Facebook to take on the challenge!

Watch the video below for more information.

Battle of the Bands – The Winner is …

Battle of the Bands - The Winner is ...

Thanks to everyone involved  on Friday 3rd May at Ormiston Sudbury Academy. The prize for the winners of the annual Battle of the Bands competition is to open the LeeStock Music Festival on 25th May 2013.

No fewer than 10 acts competed for the main prize which will see winning performers share the main stage with the likes of Toploader, Space, John Power and Mark Morriss. They will also have the opportunity to perform with first class sound and lighting equipment and a professional production crew.

So the winning act is… Tie Die Tees

Band members include:
Alfie Row – Singer/Guitars
Jody Brown – Guitar
Connor Griggs – Guitar/Keyboards
James Curran – Drums
Patrick Starling – Bass Guitar

Well done to Tie Die Tees. They will now have their 15 minutes of fame when they open the 2013 LeeStock Music Festival during the May Bank Holiday.

 

Watch the video below for more information about this year’s festival.

2013 Venue Announced

2013 Venue Announced

The LeeStock team are delighted to announce that the 2013 LeeStock Music Festival will be hosted at Melford Hall Park in Long Melford.

Melford Hall, Suffolk - home to LeeStock

The National Trust property, built in the 1500’s will provide a spectacular backdrop to this year’s LeeStock Music Festival, now in it’s 6th year.

Having hosted Queen Elizabeth I and Beatrix Potter as visitors and being the venue for the annual fireworks spectacular ‘The Big Night Out’, this historic venue will now provide the perfect setting to remember Lee.  It’s an honour that the National Trust and the Hyde-Parker family have invited us on to their land, and as Lee played for Long Melford Football Club, it feels particularly fitting.

We hope you’re as excited as us, for more information about this Tudor Hall and Suffolk landmark please click here, for some of our exclusive pictures click here and if you’ve forgotten what all the LeeStock fuss is about, please view some of our videos here.  We can’t wait to welcome you to our new home!

View the line up video for more information

Tribute Concert To Be Headlined By Top Acts

Tribute Concert To Be Headlined By Top Acts

A day long gig held in memory of two local musicians is to be headlined by two top ten artists.

Mark Morriss performing at LeeStock 2012The White Horse in Sudbury is to host a day long outside event on August 26th in memory of Lee Dunford and Liam Steer who performed in a band together whilst attending Sudbury Upper School.  Lee died in 2006 after a battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma aged just 21 and his band mate Liam collapsed whilst teaching in Thailand after suffering a heart attack in July this year.  In memory of the two popular Sudbury men, the White Horse in Sudbury is putting on an all day musical celebration to be headlined by Chris Helme of The Seahorses and Mark Morriss of The Bluetones.Chris Helme set to perform in Sudbury

The Seahorses were formed in 1996 by John Squire the guitarist of The Stone Roses and achieved two Top 10 hits (“Love Is the Law” and “Blinded by the Sun”) before splitting up in 1999.  The Bluetones had 4 Top 10 hits including the 1996 no 2 “Slight Return”.  Mark has performed twice before in Sudbury at the previous two LeeStocks – an annual music festival raising money in Lee’s memory for the Willow Foundation.

Edd Keogh who works at the White Horse, and was friends with both Lee and Liam, was keen to pay tribute to the two former students and when contacted by Liam’s mum, put together the music day.

All day acoustic love-lee-ness

“LeeStock is a great way for us to raise money for the excellent Willow Foundation, but as it has got bigger we wanted to make sure that people had a chance to truly remember Lee”, Edd said.  “When I heard the tragic news about Liam and after speaking to Liam’s Mum we really wanted to do something to give people a chance to remember them both. Many people who knew Lee also knew Liam and so this has been a particularly tough time for them. By having a small event it will hopefully really give people a chance to share stories and memories of Lee and Liam. I’m glad to have the involvement of Lee and Liam’s parents and to have two such big acts playing in Sudbury in their memory”.

The event next Sunday, 26th August, will feature around 10 further local acts and entry will be by ticket, available for just £5.  Tickets will be strictly limited and are available now from the White Horse in Sudbury or by calling 07790 431127.

The full line up:
Mark Morriss
Chris Helme
Andrew Heller
Two Steps Twice
Michael John McGlone Band
Tom Sanderson
Jack O’Brien
Polly Haynes
Jacob Parris
Abbie Broom
Cameron Raw


View the highlights of the LeeStock Acoustic Festival from August 2012

Music Festival Raises £11,000 For Charity

Music Festival Raises £11,000 For Charity

The fifth year of LeeStock remembering the life of 21 year old Lee Dunford has raised a record total of £11,000 for the Willow Foundation.

The figure takes the total amount raised for the foundation – a charity which works to improve the lives of seriously ill young adults – to £37,000.

Read the full article


View the highlights from the 2012 LeeStock Music Festival