With three stages set up for continual rotation of acts the Longmeadow venue had been transformed from bowling green into the ‘Longmeadow Arena’.
Live bands, an open mic stage, well-stocked bars and of course the unique friendly atmosphere that only Rockus can provide made the event another to remember.
The Rockus team did the town proud bringing a wide variety of music genres from local bands to internationally acclaimed stars that ran throughout the whole day.
Los Pacaminos, featuring the legendary Paul Young, offered a magnificent set of their Tex Mex country blues music. Local alternative rock band Treasures with their blend of rock. punk and hardcore are fast gaining a reputation as a must see, while Surfin’ Lungs provided quality sounds influenced by, from, well, the surf. Popular Echotape with their “Fag-smoking, beer-swigging, string-strumming, hip-shaking, good time rock n roll!” and London rock act Dead House Riot had music lovers craving for more. Powerful vocals and energetic guitar work from ‘dark wabe pop’ Blindness made this band something special and were voted as this writer’s favourite act together with…
“Yes… Yes… Hit Me…”
Topping the bill were The Blockheads, the rock and roll band originally formed to back the late Ian Dury, and best known for their hits ‘Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll’, once banned by the BBC, ‘What a Waste’, and ‘Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick’.
Derek Hussey, Dury’s personal helper in previous years, now ably fronts the band on vocals while original members Chaz Jankel and John Turnbull led the band’s mix of new and old numbers for the enthusiastic Whitchurch audience.
Jankel on keyboards and guitar always looks as if he is really enjoying himself, while Turnbull’s interaction with frontman Derek the Draw always brings fun to the well-tuned set. ‘Blockheads’ in the audience were not disappointed, especially when the encore was provided.
Basic – 92 finished the night off – drum and bass DJ to the audience before they left for home after a great day of music.
Roll on next year.