LilyFest will raise money for brain charity

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MUSIC lovers can enjoy four days of jazz, disco, rock and pop in aid of the Meningitis Trust.

Popular Hayling pub Lily Sugars, in Creek Road, will play host to LilyFest where more than 20 bands will perform over the coming Bank Holiday weekend.

The fun begins on Friday night with a disco featuring classics from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

This is followed by three days of live music covering all styles.

Among the acts taking part are Jazz Morley, Slick Minded Individuals, Linley Weir, Mojo Filter, Mark Handley and Danny and the Dreamtones.

And there will be an array of local Hayling talent in the Live at Lily’s Showcase, an open mic/jam session for all local musicians.

Organiser Jill Stembridge said: ‘LilyFest has great music for a great cause. But this is only one part of a bigger fundraising picture for the Meningitis Trust – we also have skydives and boxing club events coming up later in the year.

‘We’re grateful to Colleen at Lily’s and all her staff, for their support of these events and having the vision to hold them all.’

Matt Clarke, community development manager with the trust, said: ‘The trust relies on the creativity and generosity of its supporters to continue its vital work; supporting anyone affected by meningitis with free professional services, as well as raising life saving awareness of the disease and its symptoms.

‘For the many people who have been, and continue to be, affected by meningitis, and for those who will sadly be affected in the future, the Trust is a lifeline. Supporting it at events like LilyFest ensures that this lifeline can continue.’

Entry is by donation and places are limited for each gig. For the full line up go to facebook.com/#!/events/306635466062190/ or call in at the bar.