Beccles is set to rock on Saturday

Beccles Harvest Moon festival 2014.

Beccles Harvest Moon festival 2014.


Final preparations are under way for this year’s Harvest Moon Music Festival with 10 hours of live music to keep the whole family entertained.

Harvest Moon line-up

Noon: Joe and Mary - singing songs about real couples in real relationships going through the highs and lows. Their music delves into country, folk, gospel and blues.

12.40pm: Falling from Trees - an acoustic three piece made up of two brothers and a sister, the band’s roots can be traced back through several iterations and many more instruments.

1.20pm: The River Hundred Folk Band - playing a lively mix of Irish, English and Scottish folk tunes, the band’s emphasis is on having fun and including everyone.

2pm: The Broken Maps - an acoustic folk/pop duo composed of singer-songwriters Leah Hammond and Stuart Sale.

3.20pm: Das Fenster and The Alabis - inspired by 40’s film noir, the art and movies of the Weimar Republic, gangsters, voodoo, 50s strippers and Marlon Brando.

4pm: Mel Langton - an awesome mellow voice and a consummate performer, one of the great finds from the local music scene.

4.40pm: Richard Sutton - coming from a family of musicians, Richard started to learn instruments like the piano and drums as a child, and after a break decided to take up music again and turned to the guitar.

5.20pm: Johnny Steinberg - he travels the world playing his unique style of classic American music, greatly influenced by Neil Young.

6pm: River Lyons - a contemporary folk band who play chilled-out, easy list enable music.

6.40pm: TrueScape - their good name and reputation continues to grow exponentially throughout East Anglia and in Norwich particularly where they are held in high regard by the music community.

7.20pm: Painted Soul - a British alternative/rock band from Lowestoft.

8pm: Astral Void - formed in 2007 under the stage name Astral Void, former Red Leaf front man Andy Martin began performing at local pubs doing solo electric/acoustic performances with his own original material, before joining forces with other musicians.

8.20pm: Less Than This - headlining for the second year running, they will finish the event with their take on some well known songs from the last decade and beyond.

Now in its eighth year, the annual event at Beccles Quay is organised by Beccles Community Arts, which is working in partnership with the Beccles and Bungay Journal on a campaign to build a permanent stage at the quay.

The free music festival will kick off at noon tomorrow, with a total of 13 acts performing throughout the day. There will also be a selection of stalls, food stands, a bar provided by the The Butchers Arms, and visits from Disney princesses and comic book heroes.

Jula Janney, chairman of Beccles Community Arts, said: “We are now in our eighth year and I am really excited. We’ve got a full line-up of local artists and bands and it is a real eclectic mix from folk to rock.

“We’ve got even more people on the committee this year so there will be lots of people helping on the day. I’m just praying the weather is good.

“The event is a high entertainment, low cost day out for families, and if people want to bring along their own picnics and blankets they are more than welcome.”

Acts performing on the day include The River Hundreds Folk Band who will be returning with some traditional music, The Broken Maps who are an East Anglia based acoustic folk/pop duo, River Lyons with their take on modern acoustic music, Owl and Wolves bringing some old school blues, alternative/rock band Painted Soul from Lowestoft, and many more. The headline act will be Less Than This who will perform at the end of the evening.

Although the festival is free to attend, there will be donation buckets for the stage project for anyone who would like to contribute.

The Beccles Community Stage Campaign was launched in February and aims to raise £60,000 to build a permanent stage for performers of all ages. It would be used at events such as the Harvest Moon Festival, Beccles Duck Race and Beccles Carnival, as well as by local schools, groups and organisations for musical and theatre performances.

Earlier this month former Beccles mayor Caroline Topping donated £3,837 to the cause.

For more information about the Harvest Moon Music Festival email or search for Harvest Moon Free Music Festival on Facebook for clips from the performers.

Volunteers are still needed to help out tomorrow, and anyone who can spare a few hours can contact Mrs Janney on 01502 712109.

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