Launch party a year ahead of date for biggest-ever Trunchonbury Festival

From left: Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk and his wife Mary, Trunchonbury organisers James Cox, R

From left: Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk and his wife Mary, Trunchonbury organisers James Cox, Richard Holgate, Steve Randell and Zoe Cox. Picture: TRUNCHONBURY FESTIVAL - Credit: Archant

The countdown has begun to Trunchonbury 2017.

Trunchonbury 2014. Catch 22 entertaining the crowd. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Trunchonbury 2014. Catch 22 entertaining the crowd. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A launch party has marked a year exactly until the start of what looks set to be one of the biggest music festivals in north Norfolk.

What began as a modest garden party at the home of Steve Randell nine years ago has outgrown its home in picturesque Trunch, near North Walsham, and will expand next August bank holiday weekend across 12 acres in neighbouring Knapton.

The three-day event, catering for up to 5,000 people each day, will include headline acts and a 'live lounge' where Glastonbury-style interviews will be recorded with performers.

There will be live music from 10am to 10am, a dance tent until 1am, drama, meditation and Buddhist tents, healing fields with therapists, fireworks, a Ladies' Day - when men dress as women- a beer festival, main and acoustic stages, camping, birds of prey, a food village, market stalls, street entertainers, magic show and workshop, and a vintage fun fair.


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As well as many local bands, organisers are booking national acts with '90s Britpop trio Dodgy the first to confirm.

Anglian Water has given organisers permission to laser light Knapton's landmark water tower with the words Trunchonbury Festival and trees around the festival's MADRA (Mundesley and District Recreational Association) football ground venue will also be illuminated with lasers.

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'No-one has a launch party a year beforehand so we did - we wanted everybody to start talking about it,' said Mr Randell, a podiatrist who owns the Randell's Footcare chain in Norwich and north Norfolk.

Proceeds from the second Trunchonbury, held in a Trunch farm field, raised £3,500 for Norfolk cancer charity Big C.

The third and most recent festival, held in the middle of Trunch two years ago, raised £10,000 shared between good causes, and profits from next year's event will benefit Mundesley independent lifeboat, Knapton Village Hall and the MADRA charity.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and his wife Mary were among those at the launch party to wish the festival well.

Another organiser, James Cox, said: 'It's good to get wonderful people together. There's nothing else like this in the area on this scale.'

He, Mr Randell and the third main organiser, Richard Holgate, are appealing for sponsors to support the event. For more details visit www.trunchonburyfestival.com or ring 07493 687 008.

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