International DJ who supported Fatboy Slim to play Newhaven dance festival

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A MUSIC festival featuring international DJ Thomas Gandey, who supported Fatboy Slim, will be staged in Newhaven – and it’s all in aid of charity.

Dance-Haven 2012 will rock Newhaven Football Stadium on May 12 for an all-day event with a family feel.

The main charity will be Haydn’s Wish, which was set up by a Newhaven family after their son died from a combination of anaphalactic shock and asthma.

Organiser Dean Amy said: “Top DJ Thomas Gandey who was a support act for Fatboy Slim’s World Tour, has already agreed to play, and will fly from Germany to appear at this unique event - more international DJs to be confirmed!

“Another unique part of Dance-Haven is we will give one lucky person the chance to sing, before one of our main guest vocalists.”

The organisers are plotting a slot called Your Four Minutes of Fame where a lucky winner will get the chance to perform live at the festival.

There will be three karaoke heats in Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford, with the best singers from each town going head to head in a final in front of four judges, including a record label owner and producer.

The dates and venues for the heats will be announced soon.

The final will be held on Friday April 20 at The Bridge in Newhaven.

The winner will receive four VIP tickets and the “Four Minutes of Fame” opportunity to sing in front of 3,000 people.

Dance-Haven 2012 will take place from noon until 11pm.

This volunteer-led event is run community group called ‘The Nomads’ (www.nomadsnewhaven.co.uk.)

They will use the stadium at Newhaven Football Club as a stage for a major light show, with both local and international DJ’s and vocalists, supplying music throughout the day.

And children under 14 will be able to enter free.

There will be all the normal festival additions like food vans, outside bar, children’s play area and a DJ workshop where kids can come and learn the basics of mixing.

Dean added: “Dance-Haven is set to be the biggest event in the Newhaven area, and raise much needed funds for our chosen charities.

“Our main charity this year is Haydn’s-wish (www.haydns-wish.co.uk) which will be running the children’s play area.”

Southdown Junior School pupil Haydn Wileman was just nine years old when he died after suddenly developing a peanut allergy last year.

His parents have set up a charity to raise awareness of the links between childhood asthma and potentially fatal allergies and raise money for research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

The first Dance-Haven event also coincides with the celebration of 125 years of Newhaven Football Club.

Organisers will be making a donation to Help For Heroes, after a local man was injured in Afghanistan.

They are also happy to help a few local community groups, if they want to get in touch via www.nomadsnewhaven.co.uk.

Tickets cost £10, children 14 and under are free, but must be with an adult. Tickets available at all branches of Roy’s Off licence and online at www.nomadsnewhaven.co.uk