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The Navigation's NavFest will raise funds for CASY


By Sharon Hodkin


Twelve hours of live entertainment alongside fun for all the family is being staged at The Navigation, Newark, for a mammoth fundraiser.

NavFest takes place at the Millgate venue from noon to midnight on Saturday, June 29, to raise money for CASY, a charity that provides counselling services for young people.

“We are planning a festival in a day. As well as all the live acts, we have other fun attractions and food, so are hoping to attract as many people as possible to support this worthy cause,” said Dave Duddles, of The Navigation.

“The set list is a truly ecletic mix of bands ­— acoustic, country, blues, indie and rock ­— so there should be something to appeal to everyone.

“CASY is based nearby, on Millgate, and we have forged a good relationship with them so we just want to raise as much money as possible.”

“There is a laid-back start to the music, gradually building up to a rockier feel at night, ending with headliners, the rock-punk band Midnight Dogs.”

Opening the live entertainment will be local singer guitarist James Manners, who will be performing a blend of soul, blues, folk and country from noon.

He is followed by another Navigation regular Bobby O’Neal with his acoustic set from around 12.30pm.

Dave Turner (around 1.10pm) Matty Haynes (1.50pm) Jack Brett (2.30pm) and George Gadd (3.10pm) complete the daytime line-up.

The evening session is launched by local indie band Don’t Forget Rupert at 4.05pm, who are followed by another local favourite, party covers band The Business from 5.15pm.

Rock band MHG are at (6.25pm) before punk-indie band Luxury Stranger make their Navigation debut at 7.35pm, followed by alternative rock band Left Hand Lane at 8.45pm.

Completing the line-up are punk-rock outfit Midnight Dogs, who are due on stage around 10.10pm.

The line-up has been put together by Dave, Bobby O’Neal and Ben Martin.

The festival, sponsored by SPI Marine, will also feature raffles, other attractions, and various food options, including vegan van and barbecue.

Admission is free.



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