Beccles is set to rock on Saturday

Beccles Harvest Moon festival 2014.

Beccles Harvest Moon festival 2014. - Credit: Nick Butcher

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.

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.

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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.