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Free music gig set to rock the North Norfolk coast

Just Regional
Aug 25, 2016 3 mins read

A charity music gig is set to rock the north Norfolk coast this September.
With more than 20 acts, Unplugged by the Sea will raise cash to help bring music into the lives of people having hospital treatment in the county.
The event, organised by Ben Carpenter, from Overstrand, and his girlfriend Loren Allen, from Norwich, will take place at The Crown in Sheringham over the weekend of September 3 and 4.
Mr Carpenter, who has previously worked as a music promoter organising Rock Bodham, said: “The music has a bit of everything for everyone, from a male singing collective through to solo acoustic performers, bands with brass sections to reggae punk outfits. Above all, it is a totally free family weekend.”
Acts performing include Morganway, a British Alt-Country outfit, Ukuele Simon, a ukuele player who plays current pop songs with a twist, men’s singing group Voicemale and Truescape, a four-piece rock/pop band.
All money raised at the event will go towards the renewal of a music licence at the Weybourne Day Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
The pair were inspired to set up the Unplugged gig after Miss Allen’s father, Kevin, had been using the unit while having chemotherapy treatment.
She said: “Nearly two years ago my family got told my dad had cancer. Since then my dad has been in and out of the Weybourne Unit for treatment and despite never being able to be free of cancer he is considerably better than he was.

“Patients and their families spend hours in the unit and I wanted to do something that would make their time there less of a chore.
“My dad has been so strong, working during intensive treatment and raising money for related charities himself, I wanted to show how proud I am of him and how much I love him by raising money too.
“Ben and I both love music. We go to festivals and local venues to see acts just like the ones we have playing over our weekend. We can’t wait to showcase some amazing talent, raise some money and bring a party to a beautiful part of Norfolk.”
Mr Carpenter said: “Over the weekend we have many volunteers who will be helping us to raise as much as we can. People can throw their loose change into the buckets, have a go on our beach themed tombola, buy a balloon model or have their face painted.”
The event will start at noon and run until 11pm both days with each artist on an outside summer stage for 30 minutes.
Landlord of the Crown, Bob Brewster, said: “The Crown has always done its bit where charity is concerned and we have been hosting live music here for more than 35 years. Helping to host the event seemed like a fantastic combination of the two!”
The event has been sponsored by the Crown Inn, Graphic Edge, Starlings, The Sticker Factory, First Response Fire Protection and Electric and local shops- Morrisons, QD, Sainsburys and Tesco.
To donate visit the Unplugged JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/UBTS2016
For more information email unpluggedbythesea@gmail.com or look on Twitter @UBTS2016

Kevin and Loren Allen

Kevin and Loren Allen

Bob Brewster, Loren Allen and Ben Carpenter

Bob Brewster, Loren Allen and Ben Carpenter

Morganway

Morganway

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