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Music Festival Hits High Note

The Starfish in the Park music festival raised over £5,000 to help fund the long running music project. 28 bands performed on the day including special guests Ex Starfish member Chippy Mobbs, Bring Back the Wolf, Caburn and the Dychotics.

Organisers hailed the event, held at the Paddock Fields Lewes, as a huge success. Starfish Chairperson Steve Franklin Said “We are thrilled that so many people came to support the project. The event had a lovely feel and our young bands were a credit to Starfish. I was overwhelmed by the support from local musicians and bands that jumped at the chance to help the project out”.

The event would not have been possible without the all parents and friends of Starfish, so a big thank you to you all we are eternally grateful.

Starfish parent Matt page marshalled a small army that worked from dawn and into the night to set up, run stalls and pack down the site. Thank you to you all too! Matt even had the energy to get up and perform with his band ‘The Heavy Note’s.

The Star of the show has to be Lex on his magic keyboard who took us all by surprise and treating us to his own funky tunes.

The project

Now in its 19 year, was inspired when by a visit by a Herbie Flowers Rockshop School in 1998. Since then the project has grown from strength to strength and has over a hundred members.

Despite the project’s success it faces a bleak future unless a new home can be found. The studio is on the Phoenix industrial Estate which is due for redevelopment. Steve added ‘We really need to find somewhere to go before we have to vacate. Over the years we believe the project has made a difference to hundreds of young people’s lives and has added to the vibrancy of Lewes’.

In September the project will start a campaign to find a building or piece of land in Lewes. Steve said ‘we have an outstanding track record as a music project and recently as a financially viable Community Interest Company.

I strongly believe that if a suitable space could be found we could find the money to build new studios. We are asking for support/ advice/skills from Starfish members, parents, ex Starfish people, friends of Starfish, people who value youth provision and of course our Elected Representatives’.

Steve Franklin (Director)

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Save Our Starfish campaign

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Fun and creative music sessions for young people aged 10 -18. The chance to play in a band, write record and perform your own music.


Starfish with a folky edge.

Suitable for all acoustic instruments

Outreach Workshops

We have a wealth of experience working with a diverse range of young people. Workshops are tailor made to suit the needs of groups and individuals.

Music Lessons

Affordable guitar/bass/drums lessons for beginners

Find us at:

Starfish Youth Music
1a Phoenix Works
North Street
East Sussex


01273 933416

Junior sessions

Mondays 4pm - 5.30pm
Tuesdays 4pm - 5.30pm
Wednesdays 4pm - 5.30pm
Thursdays 4pm - 5.30pm

Senior sessions

Mondays 5.45pm - 7.45pm
Tuesdays 5.45pm - 7.45pm
Wednesdays 5.45pm - 7.45pm
Thursdays 5.45pm - 7.45pm

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