Following on from a number of customer enquiries today we want to assure ticket holders about the status of this weekend‘s Summer Sundae Weekender. Preparations are continuing and on schedule and the Festival gates are set to open on Thursday as previously planned. We are in contact with the police about the situation and are working together to bring you the same safe and enjoyable festival experience that you have come to expect from Summer Sundae.
Following on from the iPhone App (update now in the App store), we are pleased to announce that our new Android App is now live in the Android Market. Follow this link to download it or search the Android Market for “Summer Sundae" on your phone.
Let us know what you think by leaving a rating in the Android Market.
Ruby Lambert and her parents were regular Summer Sundae Weekender attendees until April 2010 when Ruby collapsed at school from heart failure, caused by a rare, previously undiagnosed heart rhythm disorder called CPVT. Ruby suffered a terrible brain injury as a result and is now quadriplegic, she currently receiving treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she lives with her parents. Mercury Prize nominees and Summer Sundae Weekender 2011 performers, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins visited Ruby in Philadelphia in July, treating Ruby to her very own pre festival performance in the hospital gardens.
Ruby is responding well to treatment but still has a long way to go; her parents have set up the Ruby Lambert Trust and hope to raise £300,000 in order to fund Ruby’s specialist treatment in the USA and give her the best chance of recovery. They recently launched the ‘Skip One Coffee a Week’ campaign, encouraging people to skip a coffee a week and donate the money saved to help fund Ruby’s treatment.
A picture of a smiling Ruby enjoying the festival has previously appeared in Summer Sundae promotional material and her story has recently been featured as part of BBC Leicester’s stories project. The stories project will be continuing at Summer Sundae with BBC Leicester rolling up in their BBC bus to record festival anecdotes and collect your stories of Summer Sundae moments and memories. We’re hoping that Ruby and her parents will make it back to the festival in the future to make some more Summer Sundae memories of their own.
To read more on Ruby’s story, the campaign, fundraising events and for details on how to make a donation please visit www.one4ruby.com.
Summer Sundae have decided not to go ahead with their parties at O2Academy on Thursday and Sunday due to other activities in Leicester.
Thursday night Leicester Fringe are in town with over 30 bands playing across 8 venues. For more details check out: www.leicesterfringe.co.uk/fringe-thursday
Sunday night we plan to keep the party going onsite at the festival with our own late night entertainment.
We have decided to remove the alcohol restrictions for this year. We are sorry that we announced these restrictions so late in the day.
We’d like you to enjoy the festival in the manner you had originally planned and we would now like to concentrate on delivering a great event.
We look forward to seeing you this coming weekend.
We are delighted to announce the winner of this years BBC The Beat East Midlands competition which was announced live on Saturday on Dean Jackson‘s show as Dancing Lotus - http://www.myspace.com/dancinglotusmusic.
Many congratulations to them and we look forward to their set 3pm Friday 12 August!
Here are the tasty and refreshing drinks on offer from Orange Tree available at their bars on site, which include a bohemian lounge par and a vintage picnic area, we can‘t wait to see it!
As requested we‘ve now released the full running times on our new times page, please click here to find out more. You‘ll find a handy one page PDF to print out at the bottom.
Enjoy planning next weekend‘s entertainment!
We‘re delighted to announced this year‘s MCs with many returning to the festival from last or previous years.
MCing the MAIN STAGE FRIDAY is The Beat‘s Dean Jackson from BBC Leicester
MCing the INDOOR STAGE is Pete Wardman
MCing the LAST.FM RISING STAGE is last.fms very own Lumberjack and MC veteran SeanTizz
MCing the MUSICIAN STAGE is Sheila Mosley
and MCing the EFESTIVALS COMEDY STAGE is Andrew Ryan
MCing the MAIN STAGE is Dean Jackson and BBC 6s Chris Hawkins
MCing the INDOOR STAGE is BBC Leicester The Beat‘s James and Ed Stagg
MCing the LAST.FM RISING STAGE is Lumberjack
MCing the MUSICIAN STAGE is Kevin Hewick
and MCing the EFESTIVALS COMEDY STAGE is Carly Smallman
MCing the MAIN STAGE is Dean Jackson and Ed Stagg
DROWNED IN SOUND of course return to present the INDOOR STAGE
MCing the LAST.FM RISING is SeanTizz
MCing the MUSICIAN STAGE is Stevie Jones
and MCing the EFESTIVALS COMEDY STAGE is Fergus Craig
For your chance to win a signed McFly festival poster go to facebook and add as your status update I ♥ Summer Sundae Weekender.
The winner will be contacted and announced friday.