Avebury will still Rock, despite weeks of rain

4 Jul

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Despite weeks of rain, organisers of the Avebury Rocks festival reassured music-lovers that the event will go ahead this weekend.

Rotary Club spokesman David Frampton and his team visited Avebury Sports Field this afternoon (Wednesday), and confirmed that the ground was dry enough to the stage to be erected and for an audience of up to 1,500 people to be granted access to the site on Saturday (July 7).

He confirmed that despite a summer marred by rain and cold weather, 900 tickets had been sold for the outdoor gig, and over 100 people had signed up for an associated 20-mile walk, which will include Wiltshire’s highest concert on top of Mark Hill, the joint-highest point in the county.

Mr Frampton was also able to confirm a last minute addition to the lineup. Swindon signing sensation Jess Hall and her band (pictured), whose track Play Shy has received Radio 1 airplay, will join a line-up that includes Mike Peters, lead singer from rock bands The Alarm and Big Country; Nick Harper local singer/song writer and son of legendary singer Roy; Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram of the rock band The Fixx; and acclaimed acoustic duo Swans in Flight.

The charity event will be headlined by record-breaking festival favourites The Levellers, whose 1994 Glastonbury Festival performance attracted the biggest stage front crowd the event had ever seen – over 120,000 people.

Avebury Rocks is an all-day event starting with a 20 mile sponsored walk from Avebury across the Marlborough Downs with some of the musicians playing and singing en route.

The music stop at Milk Hill will be the highest gig in Wiltshire while the lunch stop will be on top of Adams Grave the iron age hill fort overlooking Alton Barnes and its white horse. Here the five mile walkers will join the group and return via East Kennet and Silbury Hill.

The concert begins at 6pm at Avebury Sports Field next to the The Henge. Tickets are now on sale at Sound Knowledge in Marlborough, Holmes Music in Swindon, Avebury village shop or on the gate, and cost £25 for adults, with a half price discount for children under 14. Under fives go free.

Last year’s festival raised over £30,000 for Prospect Hospice at Wroughton. This year profits will support Prospect Hospice and CALM, a children’s cancer and leukaemia charity based in Swindon.

The event is jointly organised by members of Marlborough and Swindon Thamesdown Rotary Clubs, Love Hope Strength Foundation, the National Trust, Prospect Hospice, Friends of the Ridgeway and Avebury residents.

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