Music lovers flock to Lowestoft’s Carlfest

Music lovers enjoy the entertainment at Carlfest. Picture: James Bass

Music lovers enjoy the entertainment at Carlfest. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

A four-day charity music festival in Lowestoft has already raised thousands of pounds for local good causes with two days still to go.

Dean Lawson. Picture: Nick Butcher

Dean Lawson. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Picture: Nick Butcher

Carlfest got underway at the Mariner's Rest in Rotterdam Road on Friday and continues today with a line-up of local bands and solo artists.

The event was launched last year by the late Dean 'Carl' Lawson after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Mr Lawson attended the first Carlfest in June 2012 but died two months later aged 37.

Proceeds will go to the charity Care and Real Lovin' (CARL), which was set up by Mr Lawson to generate money for good causes in the Lowestoft area.


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Hundreds of people have already attended the first two days of this year's music extravaganza, which features more than 20 music acts, a raffle, barbecue and family entertainment.

The event has been organised by trustees of the CARL charity and friends of Mr Lawson Darren Steger-Lewis, Lindsay Moore and Mariner's Rest landlords Shaun Underdown and Gemma Searby.

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Miss Moore said everything was going well so far with more acts still to come today and tomorrow.

'It has been absolutely packed, even when the weather has been a bit dodgy,' she said. 'Everyone seems to have been enjoying themselves.'

Today's line-up includes Heidi McRoberts, 3.45pm; Missunderztood, 4.30pm; The Bricktops, 5.30pm; Less Than This, 6.45pm; Untold, 7.45pm; Pennies for the Ferryman, 8.45pm; and Second Hand Blues, 10pm.

On Bank Holiday Monday there will be Nakisha Esnard, 4pm; Martin Oliver, 5pm; Millie Manders, 6pm; Jamos, 7pm; and The Anyones, 8pm.

Email CARLcharity@hotmail.co.uk for more information about CARL.

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