The bands are ready and the stage is set for the second edition of a Fakenham rock festival, which was inspired by one girl’s struggle with a rare condition.
Schoolgirl Jasmine Lewis, nine, has been battling Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM), which causes the immune system to attack the body rather than protect it, since she became one of just 11 people in the UK to be diagnosed with it. As yet, there is no known cure.
Her father, Craig, was inspired by her struggle to help raise funds and awareness to support the paediatric rheumatology unit, at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where Jasmine receives regular treatment.
Last year, he took up the challenge of organising a rock festival in his home town featuring live performances by local bands, artistes and DJs to raise funds for the unit.
In just 10 weeks, a small group of family and friends came together, with sponsorship and support from local businesses to create the event.
Mr Lewis’s own band Liberty Gene headlined the festival with other well-known bands including Straight Atom and Mangol Head, also set to perform.
The event was such a success that organisers decided to do it all again this summer, and the event is now to be held on Saturday, July 26 at Fakenham Town Football Club.
This year’s event will feature 11 bands this year including rock-punk act Caustic Delay, 60’s rock’n’roll act Scally Cats, acoustic performer Eleanor Howard, alternative rockers Breaking Belief and Liberty Gene, and blues and soul-based rock act Work Horse among others.
One of the organisers, Russell Beveridge, said: “Those of you who came last year may remember Paul Fawcett, formerly of Kamikaze Radio & Super Action Heroes, who did a last minute acoustic set to fill a space due to late cancellation.
“He will be our compere for the day and will be doing small slots throughout between the other acts. All our performers are Norfolk-based and a few are local to Fakenham so please turn up and enjoy this great day to support a worthy cause.
“Remember all proceeds are going to the Paediatric Rheumatology Unit at NNUH to benefit not just Jasmine who is our inspiration but other children suffering with debilitating and life threatening illnesses.”
Tickets are now on sale for the event for £10, or £25 for a family ticket, and are available from Gallery Bistro, Market Place, Fakenham.
Tickets on the day will cost £15, or £30 for a family ticket.
Rock 4 Jasmine wristbands are on sale for £2 at Barclay’s Bank in Fakenham and from the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society.
More information is available at www.facebook.com/rock4jasmine