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IT'S being billed as the event Melton and the Vale of Belvoir has been waiting for, a festival of live music to get you dancing around the maypole.

Rock the Vale is finally here with a line-up of tribute acts, top local bands and headliners Showaddywaddy and Matchbox.

The two-day event, on Sunday and bank holiday Monday, is being staged by community radio station 103 The Eye at Hickling Pastures, off the A606 to Nottingham, with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

Each day will kick off at 10am with the station's roadshow.

Sunday will see the final of 103 The Eye's Rock Idol

competition from 11.30am with the cover bands (Kinks, Blues Brothers, Rolling Stones, Kylie Minogue and Blondie) taking over at lunchtime and local band Bad Dog with its classic covers due on stage at 3.20pm.

Matchbox, the original rockabilly rebels from the 1980s, will kick off the evening's entertainment at 6.45pm, while tribute acts performing the music of Robbie Williams and Queen will follow, with 103 The Eye's Rock On crew rounding off the night with a roadshow disco and light show going on to 1am.

On Monday it's the turn of local artist Dion White and local favourites Wildhouse plus cover bands (The Beatles, Oasis, Abba, Bob Dylan and Madonna) before Showaddywaddy bring the house down. They are due on stage at 8.45pm and may

play their World Cup song, a re-working of the 1974 hit Hey Rock 'n' Roll.

Weekend tickets cost 29.50 (concessions 14.25 with fives and under 5) while single day entry is 20 (10 and 5). Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be

camping facilities on site with access from 2pm on Saturday.

lFor more information call 08707 666197 or visit the website www.rockthevale.co.uk