Thorpefest returns to Suffolk coast this Saturday

Live music lovers will descend on the Suffolk coast this Saturday as Thorpefest returns for a second year.

Bessie Turner, performing at this year's Thorpefest. Photo: Contributed

Bessie Turner, performing at this year's Thorpefest. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Thorpeness Country Club, near Aldeburgh, plays host to nearly a dozen singer-songwriters, tribute acts and cover artists - covering everything from rock ‘n’ rock, jive and jazz to pop hits and cult classics.

Local talent dominates this year’s line-up.

Soul singer Nate James has sold more than one million albums internationally and been nominated for three MOBO awards. Meg Hughes performs her own original folk and indie songs along with covers.

Bessie Turner, playing at this year’s Latitude Festival, is fresh from her debut release Big Sleep. Following her is Aldeburgh-based indie rock trio Fick as Fieves who have a big festival summer coming up supporting on the same bill as the likes of Sea Sick Steve, Madness and Slaves.

Queen tribute Rhapsody headline this year's Thorpefest. Photo: Contributed

Queen tribute Rhapsody headline this year's Thorpefest. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

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Kicking things off is The Ed Zachary Band with a variety of rock ‘n’ roll tracks and recent chart hits. The Phil Jackson Rock ‘n’ Roll Band will wind back time with a collection of 1950s smashes and a sprinkling of country and blues.

Later in the evening Austin Beats takes you back to the swinging 60s with songs from acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. A collection of cult classics from JS and the Lockerbillies are sure to get you on your feet with shaking show-stoppers and rocking rollers from the golden age of jiving.

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Headliners Rhapsody are a tribute act to rock legends Queen, covering all their greatest hits. The second tribute is Tony Lewis as Robbie Williams.

You don’t need to worry the kids will get bored, with face-painting, inflatables and more in the children’s entertainment area. Food and drinks all of kinds will be available and the day’s entertainment ends with a firework display.

Gates open at 11am, with entertainment from noon-10pm.

Peter Osborne, managing director at the TA Hotel Collection, has been the driving force behind Thorpefest and previously Music by the Sea hosted in Aldeburgh.

“I’m really looking forward to what Thorpefest has in store this year, it has developed since its initial year with the introduction of more singer-songwriters and lively local talent,” he said.

Thorpefest is sponsored by the TA Hotel Collection, Suffolk Secrets, Lynx purchasing, Adnams, Direct Seafoods and Co-op. It’s hoped the open air concert will help raise a healthy sum for local charity EACH.

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