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Headline music acts named for three day festival

Author: Patrick Lowman Published: 29th June 2016 13:02

The Very Best Petta FestivalThe Very Best who are headlining PettaFiesta Headline music acts named for three day festival

An exciting musical line-up has been announced for a three-day Suffolk music and arts festival, which raises money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Fast-emerging Swedish-Malawian band The Very Best will dash from their Hyde Park gig, where they are supporting Mumford and Sons to headline at Pettafiesta – a multi-generation celebration of original live music, the arts, spoken word, theatre, film and comedy.
Formed in a Hackney junk shop The Very Best has developed its own brand of global pop which has spawned collaborations names such as Mumford and Sons, MIA, Vampire Weekend and Baaba Maal, making them a favourite with fans and critics alike.  Pettafiesta brings a very rare opportunity to see them perform in an intimate setting in a beautiful moated garden in Suffolk.

Also on the Pettafiesta bill will be Dan Shears and the Velveteen Orkestra, who weave tales of love, heartache and fantasy with their dark, carnivalesque style and Italian/Scottish singer Laura Riganti with her sultry, smoky, soulful tones of the 1930s cigar clubs.

A number of local bands will complete the festival’s line-up over the three days including the Deben Collective headed up by Cyndi Lauper collaborator and former Thompson Twins keyboard player Jan Pulsford. Gaffa Tape Sandy - a garage band from Bury St Edmunds, alternative rock and roll outfit The Blue Kubricks and hip-hop specialists BNCHMVRK are amongst the Suffolk rooted acts. The Signs, formerly the very popular Twisted Piglet, are Pettafiesta stalwarts and return for 2016.   More acts are to be confirmed for the Saturday line up while Sunday will see the return of the best of an open mic – where local performers get a chance to win a day in a recording studio.

Jane Dyball, who is hosting the festival with partner Andy Corrigan, said: “We are really excited by the standard of musical acts we have lined-up for 2016. We can’t quite believe we have managed to get The Very Best, who will be joining us just a day after supporting Mumford and Sons at Hyde Park. In true festival style we have purposely found acts of all styles and genres to suit all tastes and ages. As this is a local festival we like to give Suffolk bands an opportunity to play live gigs and we have personally selected some of the best original live acts from around the county.”

Petta FiestaPettaFiesta, last held in 2014, is set amongst a beautiful moated 12-acre garden in the heart of Suffolk the event has been described as ‘the most chilled-out festival of the season’.

Renowned names from the literary, theatre and arts worlds will also be performing at the festival, details of which will be released in the coming weeks. Other attractions will include theatre shows, children’s activities, art workshops, motivational speakers, comedy, late night DJs and camp fire films.
All proceeds from the  festival will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. The Teenage Cancer Trust  aims to create world-class cancer services for young people in the UK, providing life-changing care and support so young people don’t have to face cancer alone.
The festival, held in in village Pettaugh, between Stowmarket and Ipswich, is expected attract up to 500 people a day. Tickets for the event are now available. Go to www.pettafiesta.com for further information.
More information on the Teenage Cancer Trust is available at www.teenaagecancertrust.org

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