If it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for me, LeeStock 2011 announces the main headliner.
LeeStock is back and is delighted to announce Dodgy will be headlining Saturday’s line-up. The British trio rose to prominence during the Britpop era of the 1990s, and are best known for their hits “Staying Out For The Summer”, “If You’re Thinking Of Me”, “In A Room” and “Good Enough”.Now in its fourth year, LeeStock is an annual two-day music festival in Sudbury, with all profits going the Willow Foundation in memory of Lee Dunford, who died in 2006. An extremely popular local lad and a huge music and football fan, Lee was helped by the Willow Foundation, who gave him the opportunity, with his band, to record their songs in a professional studio.
The Willow Foundation is a national charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40, through the provision of special days.
The first time round, Dodgy were only together for seven years but in that time they sold over a million records worldwide, released three albums and 12 Top 40 singles, including 3 Top 10s and the Top 5 hit Good Enough, still a staple of the Radio 2 playlist; sold out the Brixton Academy for three nights in a row and were awarded an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival, just before Radiohead.
Their positivity and summery songs made Dodgy the perfect festival band, and it was such a natural habitat for the trio that in 1996 they conceived their very own Big Top Tour, giving a fledgling Muse their second ever gig when the tour rolled into Exeter.
In a bittersweet twist of fate, it was the dying wish of the band’s close friend and crewmember, Andy Moore that brought them back together in 2008 and they all agreed that life was too short and anyway, they had forgotten why they split up in the first place!
The full line up for this year’s event will be announced soon with organiser’s promising the return of fan’s favourite bands from previous festivals, whilst not completely ruling further surprises. Organiser Edd Keogh said: ‘we’ve worked really hard to secure a band of Dodgy’s stature for LeeStock this year and have made a lot of very good contacts for next year and beyond. Other, similar bands have expressed an interest in playing but we would need a big sponsor to justify it this year. Our main aim for LeeStock 2011 is to help to continue to raise the profile of the wonderful work the Willow Foundation do. Raising as much money as we can is also important but we want to ensure this is the best LeeStock yet, a sell out event, and a celebration of Lee’s memory.’
LeeStock 2011 runs from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 29th May with the annual Lee Dunford Memorial Cup football match kicking things off on Friday 27th May.