Beccles music festival to be held in memory of popular DJ Dominator in 10th anniversary year

Maizie Walsh on stage at last year's Beccles Harvest Moon Festival.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Maizie Walsh on stage at last year's Beccles Harvest Moon Festival. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A Beccles music festival will this year be held in memory of a popular DJ from the town.

Neil Aldred - DJ Dominator - behind the decks. Picture: Courtesy of Neil's family.

Neil Aldred - DJ Dominator - behind the decks. Picture: Courtesy of Neil's family. - Credit: Archant

The Harvest Moon Music Festival will be returning to Beccles Quay on Saturday, August 12, dedicated to the memory of Neil Aldred, known to many as DJ Dominator, who died earlier this month after being diagnosed with cancer.

The 33-year-old, whose mum Jula Janney is chairman of the committee which organises the festival, played at the first ever event 10 years ago.

Mrs Janney said: 'It was all about the music for him, he had that tattooed on his chest, and it is all about the music for us.

'It will be a fitting tribute to him.'


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Neil's musical talents saw him play all over the world and secure signings with prestigious drum and bass music labels. He even launched his own D-Stortion Records label.

The Beccles Community Arts committee, which runs the festival, is also planning to build a permanent stage at the quay to be used by the whole community.

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An application for planning permission is due to be submitted shortly, after a noise assessment has been completed.

Donations from Neil's funeral will be split between his family and Beccles Community Arts - helping to pay for the stage.

Among the festival line-up this year is Neil's niece Maizie Walsh, who will be performing songs written in his memory.

Also taking to the stage is Jack Ferris, Falling From Trees, Matt Watson, Lowestoft Longshoremen, Late Nights/Early Mornings, Tom Mackinson, The Fools Moon, Covered, Duo Amandinus and Killing Floor.

As well as the music there will be food stalls, children's games and rides, plants and craft stalls, and a beer tent run by The Butchers Arms in Beccles. There will also be a raffle to win a six-string lead guitar.

Businesses are being offered the chance to sponsor a banner to be displayed on the tautliner, and anyone interested can email julapearl@gmail.com.

The festival runs from noon until dusk, dogs are welcome and free parking is available at the quay.

Anyone who would like to volunteer or give feedback about the stage can contact Mrs Janney on the same email.

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