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2012 sees the launch of a brand new music festival – Figure 8 – which looks set to raise up to £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Taking place at True Lovers Knot pub, nr Blandford, Dorset, from Friday September 21 – Sunday September 23, 2012, the 499-capacity festival brings together an exciting bill of live music, top DJs, games, children’s entertainment and more.

Organised by 247 Magazine Web Editor Laura Williams, the festival will see performances by some of the Bristol’s best new bands – including Scarlet Rascal and the Trainwreck, Goan Dogs and Empty Pools. A number of local Dorset bands are also involved, including The Mother Ukers, Disco’s Out (Murder’s In) and Jinder C.

Topping the bill is Northampton’s My First Tooth, who had a coveted slot at last year’s Glastonbury Festival and who recently supported Athlete on tour; Gloucestershire’s Thrill Collins, a world- renowned skiffle covers band and regulars on the festival scene – with slots at Wychwood Festival, Glade and 2000 Trees. There will also be a secret headliner – details of which will be revealed over the coming weeks. After hours there will be a silent disco – featuring DJ Paul Hanford (Secret Cinema), Nuisance DJs (London’s best Britpop night) and Dirty Soul DJs (Bournemouth-based indie night), among others.

Figure 8 Festival will also take part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee morning, with home-made cakes, tea and coffee. With indoor and outdoor bars serving a range of ales and ciders, including a special Figure 8 Festival ale, a BBQ, Hog Roast and vegetarian food there’s plenty to keep you fuelled into the early hours. Add to this an art auction, raffle, bucking bronco, inflatable sumo wrestling, face-painting and there’s fun for all the family.

Figure 8 Festival founder Laura Williams said: “After years of festival going, I decided to organise this charity event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, who really helped my 22-year-old cousin with her cancer battle earlier this year. Thankfully she’s gotten through and is now enjoying a new lease of life in Weymouth, but she couldn’t have done it without the support of family and friends and the Macmillan Cancer nurses.” She added: “With a top musical line-up and the Indian Summers we’ve been having, this event should prove the perfect way to end the summer!”

Entry to the event requires a wristband. To secure your wristband, simply donate a minimum of £15 (£5 for children) to the Figure 8 Festival Just Giving page, making sure you include your full name. You will then be able to collect your wristband at the event. Camping and parking is available, priced £5 and £10 respectively – payable on the gate. Numbers are strictly capped at 499. All proceeds to charity.

More info at www.figure8festival.co.uk