Get set for Jelly Festival

Forget Glastonbury, the V Festival and Latitude.A music festival with a difference is being staged in Norfolk next week.From a “wibbly-wobbly vision” to create something different for people of all ages, the Jelly Festival has been born and is being held at Compton Hall at South Creake, near Fakenham, on Saturday August 2.

Forget Glastonbury, the V Festival and Latitude.

A music festival with a difference is being staged in Norfolk next week.

From a “wibbly-wobbly vision” to create something different for people of all ages, the Jelly Festival has been born and is being held at Compton Hall at South Creake, near Fakenham, on Saturday August 2.

The site is best known for its maize maze and for three years a live music event called Mazestock was held, attracting hundreds of people.


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Now, Ben Gardner is building on the idea and wants to make it “appealing to kids and adults alike.”

He has set up a wide line up of music with a mix of London-based and local bands.

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Heading the bill is a top secret special guest DJ - only described as “a high-calibre artist who has played the dance stage at Glastonbury and has done a minimix for Annie Mac's mash-up programme.

Also on the bill are Nouvelle Croix, a gypsy-jazz band, who will be taking to the stage at sunset and Cass Lowe, whose live looping and guitar-tapping have seen him support Newton Faulkner, plus many more.

As well as the music, there will be entertainment such as sumo suit wrestling, a giant bouncy castle, 40ft inflatable slide, balloon modellers and face painting.

As it is a jelly festival, there will be that key ingredient too with it being given out free at a stall, with donations welcomed for the Spinal Injuries Association.

There will also be a wide range of refreshments stalls including ale, cider, Pimms, BBQ and cakes.

Mr Gardner said: “For this year I want to create a vibe that's acceptable for the masses, without selling out. The aim is just to have a really nice, chilled out day.”

He plans to put part of the proceeds into next year's festival, with ideas of using some of the farm's space for camping, with a larger list of bands.

The festival is running from noon to 11pm. Tickets cost £10 in advance and £15 on the door and are available from www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk and from Soundclash Records on St Benedict St, Norwich. For more details go to www.myspace.com/jellyfest, or call 01328 823224.

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