X Factor finalist in Ashwell charity gig

X FACTOR finalist Danyl Johnson and singer-songwriter Scarlette Fever will be performing at the charity music festival ClaireFest on September 3.

The open air event takes place at Elbrook Meadows in Ashwell in memory of Claire Stanley, the former landlady of The Three Tuns in the village, who lost her battle with cancer in June last year, aged 48.

Her husband, Darrell, and her family founded a charitable trust – The Claire Stanley Trust – with the aim of raising funds to provide cancer treatment, care and research.

ClaireFest, which as well as live music will include magicians, sideshows, stalls, a food bar and a kids’ corner, will raise money for this cause.

Scarlette, who is fresh from a tour with band Mike and the Mechanics, is delighted to be performing at ClaireFest.

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“Having been a friend of the family who are organising this event for many years, I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to support them,” she said.

“This is a special show which celebrates Claire’s life and gives birth to her charity.”

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Live music on the main stage, from bands and solo artists, will include pop, rock, folk and indie.

X Factor finalist from 2009, Danyl Johnson, will be headlining the festival, with 80s rockers Dr and the Medics supporting.

Other confirmed acts include Andrews Sisters tribute The Rockabellas and Stevenage-based classic rock band Black Dog.

There will also be an open mic competition, with studio recording time up for grabs.

Tickets, at �16 for adults, �8.50 for five to 15 year olds and free for under fives, are on sale now at www.clairefest.org

Corporate sponsorship provides vital funds towards the running costs of ClaireFest. If your organisation is interested in putting its name to this event, email louisa@clairefest.org for details of the packages available.

ClaireFest is also looking for volunteers to help at the festival. For more details, email volunteers@clairefest.org

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