Final preparations for free Beccles music festival in memory of DJ

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

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

Final preparations are under way for the 10th anniversary Harvest Moon Music Festival.

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 festival is held each year at Beccles Quay and returns on Saturday, August 12, with the music starting at noon.

This year's event is dedicated to the memory of Neil Aldred, known to many as DJ Dominator, who died in June after being diagnosed with cancer.

His mum Jula Janney is chairman of the committee which organises the festival, with Neil performing at the first event in 2007.

Mrs Janney said: 'My eldest granddaughter Maizie Walsh will be singing in memory of her late uncle Neil who was suddenly taken from us on June 8. Neil played his drum and bass music at our very first Harvest Moon. He has become a legend and was well loved and respected in the music world and among his friends and workmates.'

Families enjoying last year's Beccles Harvest Moon Music Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Families enjoying last year's Beccles Harvest Moon Music Festival. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher


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The first band to perform on the day will be Banana Moon, kicking off the celebration at noon.

They will be followed by Falling From Trees at 12.55pm, Matt Watson at 1.50pm and the Lowestoft Longshoremen at 2.25pm.

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Next up is Late Nights/Early Mornings at 3.05pm, with Tom Mackinson at 3.40pm, The Fools Moon at 4.15pm, Covered at 5.10pm and Amandinus at 6.05pm.

Maizie will take to the stage at 6.50pm, with the final band - Killing Floor - playing at 7.30pm.

As well as the music there will be a large range of 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.

Free parking is available down at Beccles Quay, and dogs are welcome.

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.

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

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help out on the day or give feedback about the stage project can email julapearl@gmail.com.

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