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Town ‘rocked’ by second annual gig
STAR LINE-UP: The legendary Toad Lounge (Paul Seabright), Lisbee Stainton and Suga Mama were amoung the bands playing at this year's Malvern Rocks. Pictures by Andy O'Hare, Jacqui Smith, Laura Todd and Mark Cowmeadow.
MUSIC fans brought a real buzz to the town over the weekend as they flocked to the second annual Malvern Rocks festival.
About 90 bands and artists performed in venues all across the town, many of them pubs and bars, but also including the Malvern Cube, Carnival Records off Church Street and Belle Vue Island.
Favourites from the local music scene, such at the Pewke Band and Lounge Toad, were joined by younger upand- coming aspirants, many of whom played in two or three venues over the weekend.
And one of the biggest stars of the weekend, celebrity chef Loyd Grossman, electrified the Re-Con Club in Church Street when he appeared with his band the New Forbidden.
A festival spokesman said: “The weekend was absolutely amazing.
“The feedback we’ve had from bands and venues has been really good.
“It definitely brought a lot of people into town and there was a real buzz in the town for all three days, which the rain on Sunday did nothing to diminish.”
He said the fundraising total for Acorns Children’s Hospice, from donations and sales of festival CDs, T-shirts and wristbands, was not in yet, but it was likely to exceed the £2,500 from last year’s inaugural event, “It was just a really great atmosphere, not only in the town centre but at the Gloster and the Beauchamp in the Link, and the Wyche Inn.
Several of the venues ran out of beer and hand to send out for extra stocks.
“We want to thank all the volunteers who worked so hard to make it a success, the performers, the venues and everyone who supported it.”
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