Country estate to host summer music festival
06:30 18 March 2014
Buster Bloodvessel and his band Bad Manners are to perform at an Edwardian country estate near Fakenham when they headline a music festival this summer.
The ska band will be joined by around 60 acts and up to 2,500 music fans who will be enjoying the picturesque scenery at Sennowe Park in Guist.
The Symmetry Festival is being held there, for the first time, between June 6 and June 8. It was first staged in 2010 at Strumpshaw Steam Museum and ran for the second time in Peterborough last year.
Louise Render, production manager for organisers Symmetry Festival Ltd, based in south Norfolk, said: “We have been looking for a home in Norfolk for a long time and Sennowe Park is perfect. We hope to make this our home and, if it goes well, come back for many years to come.”
Miss Render said the company would use local businesses as much as possible.
She said: “We’ve worked with the local councils and the hall owners have spoken to neighbours and as far as I’m aware there are no objections.
“We will be taking sound recordings from the nearest homes and monitoring that throughout the weekend to ensure there are no problems.” The festival will feature six stages with music in a wide range of genres including ska, punk, folk, dance and reggae. BBC Radio One’s DJ Friction is on the bill and there will also be local artists including The Sweet Beats, The Piratones and Feral Mouth.
Miss Render said organisers have set themselves a target to recycle 75% of waste at the festival, to use as much recycled material as possible and, in future years, will consider using renewable technologies to power the electricity.
Sennowe Park was built by Thomas Albert Cook, grandson of Thomas Cook, who founded the famous Thomas Cook travel firm in the mid 19th Century. It has previously hosted concerts by The Pretenders, Jools Holland and The Rat Pack.
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