Hachfest returning again

MUSIC fans can look forward to a wide range of styles to suit all tastes when a Suffolk village holds its own festival this weekend.More than 30 groups and singers will be taking part in the three-day Hachfest 2008 - with the aim to raise a big sum for charity.

MUSIC fans can look forward to a wide range of styles to suit all tastes when a Suffolk village holds its own festival this weekend.

More than 30 groups and singers will be taking part in the three-day Hachfest 2008 - with the aim to raise a big sum for charity.

Profit from the event - held at Mutimer's Meadow in Hacheston on Friday , Saturday and Sunday - will be put with that made at the recent Hacheston bygones rally event to help various charities, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, St Elizabeth Hospice and Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, as well as local good causes.

Among the bands taking part are Glam rock covers band The Glamtastics, the Abba Revival tribute band, Oasis tribute Noasis, and Road to V 2007 winners Rosalita.


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There will also be a set by be Leiston rock band, The Wild Oats - one of the biggest success stories of the Suffolk music scene back in the mid-60s, when the band enjoyed local as well as a degree of success nationally, supporting bands such as The Hollies and The Kinks on their tours.

Other music will include punk, pop and indie, rock, funk and blues on Saturday, with Sunday set aside for mainly acoustic and folk, and will also include a lunchtime of “Suffolk squit, humour and song”.

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Hachfest was the brainchild of village businessman Alan Mutimer, who still chairs the event, four years ago and has quickly evolved from the original evening of three live bands on a curtain-sided trailer to a full weekend festival on purpose-built stages, with excellent site facilities, children's entertainment and family camping.

Bands and stage co-ordinator Chris Bayfield said: “We all have a passion for music and the local community and through Hachfest we have the perfect opportunity to bring the two together, giving local musicians a chance to showcase what they can do, and raise money for charity at the same time.”

Gates open on Friday from 5.30pm and Saturday 9.30am, both running until 11.45pm, and Sunday 11am to 7.15pm. Tickets can be bought in advance via the website www.hachfest.co.uk or on the gate.

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