Popular Harvest Moon Music Festival returns for eighth year

Beccles Harvest Moon festival 2014. Maizie Walsh who performed at the festival.

Beccles Harvest Moon festival 2014. Maizie Walsh who performed at the festival. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The line-up has been announced for this year’s Harvest Moon Music Festival with 10 hours of live music providing something for all the family.

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 event will kick off at noon, and 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 who will be happy to pose for photos.

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, four-piece rock band TrueScape from Norwich, 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 night.

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Admission is free although there will be collection buckets for donations towards the event and the Beccles Community Stage Campaign, which needs up to £60,000 to go ahead.

Beccles Community Arts is also organising the music stage on July 5, from 10am to 4pm as part of the Beccles Charter Weekend of activities. The committee is keen to hear from local musicians/singers of all ages who would like to perform.

For more information about the Harvest Moon Music Festival or the Charter Weekend music stage email becclescommunityarts@gmail.com. Search for Harvest Moon Free Music Festival on Facebook for information and clips from the performers.