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Waveney festival for 'all the family'

PUBLISHED: 07:15 30 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:07 22 October 2010

JONATHAN REDHEAD

Organisers behind a major festival for Waveney last night described it as an event for “all the family”. Despite attracting names such as 70s rock legends Hawkwind and dance act Dreadzone, Hazy Promotions said the Eastern Haze 2006 festival is not a rock concert.

Organisers behind a major festival for Waveney last night described it as an event for “all the family”.

Despite attracting names such as 70s rock legends Hawkwind and dance act Dreadzone, Hazy Promotions said the Eastern Haze 2006 festival is not a rock concert.

The weekend event, being held at the Somerleyton Hall estate next month, will feature live music, circus and arts events, craft stalls, workshops and a holistic area.

And yesterday at the event launch at the picturesque Somerleyton Hall, Seb Fosdal, of Hazy Promotions said he hoped this year's event would be the first of many at the estate.

“We're hoping this will become and annual event and become bigger,” he said. “We want to grow and become part of the calendar around here.

“And we want to see more and more community involvement too. There's been a very, very positive buzz all around the community.

“We're a true multi-cultural event and support all kinds of performing arts and family activities.

Up to 10,000 people are expected for the three-day festival, which runs from Friday July 21 to Sunday July 23.

The Hon Hugh Crossley, who runs the Somerleyton estate, said the festival was just the sort of event he wants to attract.

And he said although it is something different for the north Suffolk village he is sure it will be a success.

Mr Fosdal said he was confident the event could sit alongside the Latitude festival taking place in nearby Henham the week before, that has attracted bands like Snow Patrol and The Zutons.

“It's a different kind of culture to a rock festival,” he said. “The range of entertainment we have got and the range they have got at Latitude is different.

“We're fun for all the family and fun for lots of people in the local area.

“We hope everyone will have a good time.”

However, organisers have still to secure a licence from Waveney District Council to ensure the event goes ahead.

Hazy Promotions were initially given until Wednesday to satisfy objections by several authorities including the police and fire services.

It is believed that period has now been extended until July 5 and the organisers are confident they can satisfy all requirements.

“All representations by the local authorities have now been withdrawn and we are just consolidating and finalising our plans, in conjunction with Suffolk Constabulary, to ensure best practices are in place to make this event safe and fun for all the people attending,” a statement from Hazy Promotions said.

“The positive response we have received from Waveney is very encouraging and Hazy Promotions are excited to be starting something which we hope becomes and annual event for our local and regional communities.”

For more information and ticket details about Eastern Haze, visit www.easternhaze.com


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