Festival to get you rocking in Wisbech

Flashback to a previous Wisbech Rock Festival
Flashback to a previous Wisbech Rock Festival

Enjoying a previous Wisbech Rock Festival Photo: SUBMITTED

On Sunday, August 2, the annual Wisbech Rock Festival roars back into life with a line-up of fantastic entertainment.

The event, which will take place between noon and 8pm in Wisbech Park and provides fun for the whole family, includes fairground rides, amusements, stalls, body art, merchandise as well as food and drink (including a beer tent).

Local favourites Whiskey Twist will kick off the event at noon; they will be followed by Scumbus (at 1pm); Jaws of Cerberus (at 2pm); Rapture (at 3pm); local Thin Lizzy tribute band, Lizzy on the Loose (at 4pm); a band which is attracting national recognition, Phoenix Calling (at 5pm); local band Sound Station (at 6pm); topped off by the headline act, which had Top 20 hits in the 1970s, Vanity Fare (at 7pm).

After more than 40 years in the business, Vanity Fare are still touring internationally; the band’s hits include “Hitchin’ a ride”, “Early in the morning”, “I live for the sun” and “Better by far”.

The band has sold more than five million records worldwide and has been awarded two gold discs.

Apart from the headline act, all of the bands have a local connection with the Fenland area and approached the council, asking to be part of this event.

Phoenix Calling released their first single ‘Everybody Knows’ in February. The second single off the ‘Forget Your Ghosts’ album (released on April 27), ‘Wasted Life’, was released in March and its video was playlisted on Kerrang! TV.

The band has headlined the main stage at Peterborough’s Willow Festival and played the BBC Introducing Stage at Cambridge Rock Fest.

Phoenix Calling will be playing at the O2 Academy in Birmingham on the night before Wisbech Rock Festival.

This year’s event will feature, for the first time, a dance stage (on the bandstand) featuring local DJs playing everything from Drum and Bass to House music.

Coun Samantha Hoy, the chairman of Wisbech Town Council’s festivals working party says: “This should be a great event, to be enjoyed by everyone.

“The town council and the festivals working party wish to continue to build upon the successes of previous years’ Rock Festivals, which is why we are now starting to have a headline act.

“We will be using professional staging which will be able to cope with any weather conditions; so whatever happens – come rain or shine – the event will go ahead as planned.

“Come along and have some fun.”