Southport Rocks Festival 2011

Festival season is well & truely upon us and, like buses, I was waiting for one and then two came along!

Fresh from the Haighfest, last weekend I attended the Southport Rocks festival, held in Victoria Park, home of the famous Southport Flower Show. Now in it’s fifth year, the Southport Rocks festival is a charity event organised as both a fund raiser and tribute to the untimely & tragic death of a young local lad, Chris Haw.

The festival is a tribute to him, but also designed to raise awareness of the syndrome which took his life at the tender age of 25; Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) and raise funds for The Vital Sounds Foundation (VSF), a charity set up to screen young people for undiagnosed heart conditions.

Spread over two days, the festival plays host to a mixture of bands, DJ’s, family entertainment, stalls, camping etc.. all in, just a great weekend.

I straight away recognised the guys opening the event on the Main Stage, as I’d shot them only the weekend before at Haighfest!

Sly Digs with their hit 'Electric Love'

Warrington’s ‘Sly Digs’ are a great, straight rock ‘n roll band. Catchy tunes and a slightly cocky swagger to their performance seemed to bring out both the crowds and the sunshine, which had been hiding behind some pretty heavy rain clouds all day!

As the sunshine came out, I noticed (well it was hard not to) this guy dressed as cat, catching some of the rays and the Sly Digs set.

Lonely Cat chilling in the sun

Dodging the rain was unfortunately the theme for pretty much all of Friday, thankfully the ‘Alternative Stage’ was in a bit of a marquee.. and thus under cover! It was whilst hiding from the rain that I’d reunite with the lonely kitten.. where he’d been joined by his ‘Ratty Little Fingers’ bandmates!
Banjos, violins and tea crate bass drums lent a cool folky vibe to their set, I’d recommend catching them if you get the chance!

Katy McGrath & Austin Ronald Ray of the Ratty Little Fingers

Running between the Main Stage and the Alternative Tent was order of the day, as both stages ran bands simultaneously.

The main stage played host to mostly cover bands, ‘The Blue Meanies’, ‘Kings of Lyon’ & ‘The Secret Police’.. with the evening headlined by comedy act ‘The Lancashire Hotpots’, whilst the Alternative stage played host to various artists of all flavours; singer/songwriters, Jazz, Metal and Blues. Bill Orrick, Ratty Little Fingers, Go Fiasco, Bad Precident, Matt Belcher, Cheap Cuts, UTE, Jumping Ships and the evening’s alternative stage finished with local favourites ‘Psychic Robot’

The Secret Police play 80's classic 'Roxanne'

All in all, it was a great day’s entertainment, with a little something for everyone.

Some individual galleries can be found above, however a random selection of the weekend’s photos are below!

photocrati gallery

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