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Lichfield Rocks 2015

Sam and the Womp & EofE headline biggest ever Lichfield Rocks.

For the first time ever, this year’s Lichfield Rocks Festival will take place over a full weekend across two stages, from Saturday June 27 – Sunday June 28, headlined by chart toppers Sam and the Womp and fast rising rockers EofE.

Lichfield Rocks

The event, which is held at The Bowling Green Inn in Lichfield, brings a host of UK music talent to the Midlands to help raise money for charity and over the last few years, has featured such artists as Lucy Spraggan, JAWS, and Mister Nothing.

This year’s headline act for the Saturday are known by most for their chart topping single ‘Bom Bom,’ which sold over 100,000 copies in its first week of release. The trio’s unique mix of Balkan music and electronic dance has been heavily supported by BBC Radio One and helped the group achieve worldwide fame.

Headlining the event on the Sunday is fast rising Dudley rockers EofE. The group enjoyed a sensational 2014 touring with the likes of The Vamps and McBusted. And although they may have only formed a year and a half ago, the group has already enjoyed a top 10 single in the UK rock charts, with debut single ‘Lust’ peaking at number eight.

The two-day event, which combines a main stage and an acoustic stage, will be opened by ex-Britain’s Got Talent finalist Rose O’ Sullivan who went from a job in a supermarket to superstardom after appearing in the popular ITV show in 2013. Also completing the two-day line up is such local acts as The Breakdowns, The Retrospectives, I, The Lion, the Bad Flowers, and more.

Now in its third year, Lichfield Rocks is fast becoming a spectacle in the Midland’s music calendar, and aims to raise money for good local causes. Last year’s Lichfield Rocks event raised over £2,000 for Armed Forces Charity the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund. This year, funds from the event will go towards The Olive Circle Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation set up to help local individuals in need of help and support.

And the individual to benefit from funds raised over the two days is local resident Jack Oldacres, who was born with Netherton’s syndrome; a rare congenital skin disease. A well-known local figure, Jack requires a specialised bathroom to accommodate his day-to-day condition. He’ll be present throughout the festival, which is shaping up to be a memorable event.

Mo Zaami, Manager of The Bowling Green Inn commented: “We are in our third year now and looking forward to our biggest festival to date. We are bringing a fun fair, stalls, games, raffles and so much more. We are making this a family fun weekend with attractions and the best in local music. All funds raised on the day will go to young Jack Oldacres in the name of The Olive Circle Foundation, so it’s a great opportunity for local people to come and enjoy the best of the Midlands’ music scene, and support a worthwhile local cause too, all for just £4.”

Tickets for Lichfield Rocks are now available priced £4 from www.theticketsellers.co.uk. People are being advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Some tickets can be purchased on the day of the event for £5.

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Lichfield Rocks

Part 1 of 2.

The Bowling Green Lichfield 26th July 2014.

Today see’s the Lichfield Rocks Festival in its second year of existence and first time visit for music224. It has to be said that not only does today hold the tremendous promise of thirteen top musicians and bands, but it’s also about raising funds for the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Charity and much respect goes out to this charity for their tireless support of past and present regiment members in times of difficulty. Our base for the day is The Bowling Green pub in Lichfield and these guys really have pulled out all the stops in making today just that little bit special aswell.

The Lichfield Rocks Festival starts smack on time with the acoustic talents of Andrew Cache. I’m a great admirer of all the musicians who get up on stage with just a guitar and a mic for company as I imagine it can at times seem a little lonely up there, but when you have such a great voice to keep you company, which Andrew certainly has, it’s an absolute pleasure to get drawn into that rather special experience.

Andrew Cache

Danni G kept the acoustic vein going and once again, it truly was a pleasure to hear such defined vocals and cleverly written songs. With Danni’s set combining her own self penned songs along with a few covers that she made completely her own, her thirty minute set seemed to fly by. Highlight of Danni’s performance for me was her version of ‘When Doves Cry’ by Prince – brilliant!

Danni G

The 95th were next up on stage today and this threesome from Stafford, were the first band of the day to take it electric. With drummer Jason Davidson late to the stage, the earlier part of the set was carried forward by James and Pete and much credit is given to them for their commitment in that. The style and sound of The 95th makes for a great inclusion at a summer festival so here’s hoping I see these guys back here again next year.

James Peate - The 95th

Now if you want to get the good time vibes really flowing, Mr George And His Famous Last Words are just the right band to do it. With music that never fails to get them toes tapping, this up and coming band have caught the attention of many a new fan this past year and it really isn’t hard to understand why. Consisting of five very talented musicians and including the charismatic Mr George himself, this band are a lot of fun to watch and with a trip to the studio in their diary for later this year, 2014 is looking to be all systems go for this great band!

George Langman - Mr George's Famous Last Words

Next up and keeping the rock n groove going, were the Birmingham based band, Friday Club. These guys have an easily enjoyable sound that is perfect for a summers day and with Josh Smithyman having a voice with many colorful shades to it, this band are one that you really can sit back and enjoy. Check out their track ‘Monster’ as it has a great edge to it with moments where the haze of 60’s psychedelic blues colours its vibe – outstanding track.

Josh Smithyman - Friday Club

With the time fast approaching 2.40pm and summer in full swing in Lichfield, the time had come to enjoy a tune or two from Brothers Of Caedmon. I first saw this band only a few weeks back and found their style of folk, rock and blues distinctly refreshing and original and I have to give them a big thumbs up once again for delivering yet another top set today.

Conor Rabone - Brothers Of Caedmon

Well, the first half of the Lichfield Rocks Festival has run like clockwork, so time for a quick butty and a sparkling beverage to see me through all the music and sunshine yet to come.

Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Lichfield Rocks

Part 2 of 2.

The Bowling Green Lichfield 26th July 2014.

Well, I’m fed, watered and champing at the bit in anticipation of the next five acts that are set to play at the Lichfield Rocks Festival and with Of Kings And Captains taking to the stage smack on 3.30pm, I didn’t have long to wait!

Of Kings And Captains were undoubtedly a firm favourite for many today and when a band has such energy and buzz on stage, as these guys do, then their popularity comes as no great surprise. Highlight of the set for me was the song ‘Takes All Night’ as that is truly a great party anthem and one you simply have got to sing along to.

Luke Wassell - Of Kings And Captains

Next up on stage were The Two ‘n’ Eights and having recently seen them at The Flapper in Birmingham, I had a feeling that playing on a bigger stage, the size of the one here today, would see this band come into a life of their own. Encouraged on by fans, both old and new, lead singer Jono could not have seemed more at home up there and as for the bands set today, it was damn near indie outstanding! If you haven’t seen The Two ‘n’ Eights before, then make sure you do.

Jono - Two 'n' Eights

I’ve heard so much about Mitchell Emms and Mister Nothing and never quite managed to get to see them play live before so their set today was something I had been looking forward to immensely. Was I disappointed – no way, as from their very first few notes it was apparent that Mister Nothing were going to play the hell out of Lichfield today! Mitchell Emms certainly can sing and play a mean guitar and if his energy on (and off) stage could be captured, then the National Grid could run for days on it! Time for a spot of fun and dancing from the audience aswell, which confirmed that Lichfield was well and truly rocking!

Mitchell Emms - Mister Nothing

You simply have to love Stubblemelt as in their three short years of existence, they have proven to be a band that has grown into something which truly is an amazingly original love child and if that ain’t enough, well you couldn’t wish to meet a nicer bunch of people either. Huge praise also needs to go out to the guys and gal of Stubblemelt, particularly to Kyle Perry as without their behind the scenes work on the Lichfield Rocks Festival, I very much suspect that today would not be half the event that it is.

Kyle Perry - Stubblemelt

In recent months, Stubblemelt have released their debut album ‘Gypaetus Barbatus’, which looks set to cement a prosperous path for their creative future but today the set took a trip down memory lane with many of the songs from their earlier days and the debut EP ‘The Search’ and it was also great to see Craig Pedley back behind a keyboard for part of it aswell. Combined with the heat of the day and an intensely jiggy audience, Stubblemelt put their meltingly good stamp on today’s proceedings as only Stubblemelt could do.

Craig Pedley and Tom Marshall - Stubblemelt

Our headlining act today was the unmissable Lucy Spraggan and what a busy lady she was, with the Lichfield Rocks Festival being her second festival of the day, having already played at The Fat Cat in Sheffield as part of the Tramlines Festival. Lucy’s set was a must see for many and people seemed to emerge from just about everywhere. Cars were even stopping and pulling over onto the grass verge beyond the perimeter fence to watch, cheeky yes, but not surprising really, as Lucy is one seriously talented lady.

Lucy Spraggan.

Lucy’s set included some of her finest songs with ‘Lighthouse’ heralding the start of a very enjoyable forty five minutes. There is something very special about the songwriting talent of Lucy Spraggan, as not only does she capture some of life’s tougher moments in her songs, but she somehow manages to add a sparkle to her observations and you need look no further than the ‘Jeremy Kyle’ song to see what I’m talking about. Lucy is a great storyteller indeed and today’s set was definitley appreciated by all present.

Lucy Spraggan

With Lucy’s set bringing the outside entertainment to a close and heralding the time for the acoustic vibe to continue indoors, I can wholeheartedly say that today has been my kind of festival. There are so many people whose hard work behind the scenes has made this festival the success that it was and with such a wealth of great music, sunshine and good company aswell, not even the rain clouds dared to spoil it. So, roll on 2015 and doing this all over again!

Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.