THREE bands who featured in this year s Red Stripe Cambridge Band Competition at The Junction will play at the Lodestar Festival, Cambridge-shire s new indie-rock festival. The increasingly popular Flamboyant Bella, and my band Under The Streetlamp (from

BEN SMITH of FUGAZIRUM

THREE bands who featured in this year's Red Stripe Cambridge Band Competition at The Junction will play at the Lodestar Festival, Cambridge-shire's new indie-rock festival.

The increasingly popular Flamboyant Bella, and my band Under The Streetlamp (from St Ives) will join Royston's Fugazirum on the Trixie Tree Stage (supported by the Arts Council).

Lodestar, at Sunnyridge Farm where Doug's family have farmed for generations, is for him, the realisation of a teenage dream.

Up and coming unsigned bands will play on the Escalator Music Stage and MP3 sticks of their music will be handed out to fans.

DARWIN

The Trixie Tree Stage acts were announced at last week's press launch when guests heard performances by Under The Streetlamp, Fugazirum and a brilliant band from Essex called Darwin. The the main stage headliners include Badly Drawn Boy, Idlewild, British Sea Power, The Bees and The Rakes.

This is the debut Lodestar Festival and discount tickets are being sold to locals who are supporting the event.

Charities set to benefit from Lodestar include WaterAid, East Anglian Children's Hospice, Headway Cambridge and Arthur Rank House.

INFORMATION: Lodestar is from Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2. Tickets include camping through to Monday. Under 10s go free. Adult £85, 10-16 £70. Day tickets £55 and £40. Call 01223 813318 or visit www.lodestarfestival.com

RICHARD PAUL