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SomerRock 2013 Festival Weekend - the rockin' report!
11:04am Tuesday 13th August 2013 in What's On
SOMERROCK, Europe’s third biggest tribute act festival, hit Bridgwater for the eighth year running at the weekend with a high-octane bill.
Friday paid homage to David Bowie, T Rex and Take That, while Saturday’s headliners bowed down to AC/DC, U2, Kings of Leon and the Stereophonics.
A non-stop track list couldn’t fail to get an estimated 2,800 people energised in the circusstyle big top on Saturday night.
Organiser and music promoter Dan Smith explained why SomerRock had made tribute bands its hook.
“To have one headline band that wouldn’t work. Here, we’re going to get music that’s across the board,” he said.
Aside from the big name rockers it was TakeThat’s tribute which really – and unexpectedly – blew Dan away.
“They totally shocked me – they were the band of the night,” he said.
“The Sterotonics I really rate – they feature Jodie Hawkes, Chesney Hawke’s younger brother.”
Also making a welcome appearance were original Bridgy bands Lakehouse Grace, Pulse and The Rejects.
Meanwhile, upcoming contemporary glam rockers JoyWride, who this year have toured with the likes of Jessie J, Rita Ora and Olly Murs, brought their self-penned tunes and silver-suited brilliance to the mix.
JoyWride drummer James Crossy, born and bred in Wellington, said: “It’s kind of like a coming home for me.
“We don’t normally get the chance to play back home because we’re playing all over the place.”
There was certainly no denying the loyalty of the SomerRock crowd either with many festivalgoers in attendance, having come back for more year on year.
Grace Fletcher was among them, and said: “I’ve been coming here for five years running and I love it – it’s just different!”
Four year-old Hannah Stone came to her first SomerRock when she was just one year old and loves “everything”.
Not bad going for a festival which started life on a blow-up stage almost a decade ago.