The Zutons and Hawkwind to play festivals

JONATHAN REDHEAD Waveney is set to become a musical hotspot this summer after details of a second major festival were revealed.


Waveney is set to become a musical hotspot this summer after details of a second major festival were revealed.

Rock legends Hawkwind and dance act Dreadzone will be among the biggest names to take part in Eastern Haze 2006, to be staged at the Somerleyton Hall estate, near Lowestoft.

The three-day festival will feature more than 100 performances of rock, dance and hip-hop on four stages and will take place from July 21 to 23.

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And the news comes as details of the latest big names to perform at the Latitude festival, taking place at the Henham Estate, near Southwold, the previous weekend, are revealed.

Mersey band and Brit Award nominees The Zutons and comedian Sean Lock, who currently has his own Channel 4 programme, TV Heaven, Telly Hell, will take part in the Latitude festival on July 14 to 16.

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The Hon Hugh Crossley, heir to the Somerleyton Estate, said Eastern Haze would be "weird and wonderful and a bit quirky".

As well as bands like 70s favourites Hawkwind, several local bands have been signed up to perform, with camping available for people who want to stay all weekend.

Other attractions include a holistic area for therapies and readings and lots of activities for children including theatre shows, street theatre, puppetry and jewellery making workshops.

Mr Crossley said he believed the festival has an appeal to attract all ages of music fans.

"It's quite wide ranging. I've had e-mails from people in their 50s itching to come and see Hawkwind, and Eatstatic, who are also on the bill, are a major dance band," he said.

"It's definitely going to be weird and wonderful and a bit quirky."

Mr Crossley said he hoped any extra traffic in the village would be looked at in a positive way.

Meanwhile, over at Henham, experimental group Mercury Rev and the piano/singer songwriter Regina Spektor, will both perform on the Sunday and up and coming bands Scissors for Lefty, 1990s and The Pippettes are also confirmed to play.

For more details on Eastern Haze visit the website at

Tickets are £40 for the weekend to include camping and children under 14 go free.

Call 08700 600 100 or visit the website to book tickets.

Weekend tickets for Latitude cost £95 plus booking fees and includes car parking and camping.

Day tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are £40, plus booking fee and car parking. The credit card line is 0870 060 3775.

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