GreenRock 2014 has attracted accolades aplenty from the GreenRockers who filled Colne’s Millennium Green on Saturday.
The Events Committee’s Chair, Councillor Dorothy Lord, said: “We started off with disappointing fine drizzle and we feared our GreenRockers might stay away, but the clouds cleared and by the time Len took to the stage we were blessed with glorious autumnal sunshine. Families flooded the Green and, during Vicky and The Big Combo, the atmosphere was electric! I think it was the best GreenRock ever!”
Colne’s new band, Relic, astounded those who heard them early in the programme with very accomplished playing of standards by Hendrix, The Doors and Pink Floyd. Their lead singer, who is just 16 years old, also turned out to be an assured saxophonist. The professionalism of Relic was all the more surprising, as GreenRock was only their second gig, with their first being the previous weekend at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival.
Tracey Bolton posted on Facebook, “Well done Team GreenRock – my little family and I had a fab time!!!”
Susan Pollitt commented: “Superb afternoon!”.
Jennie Parker wrote: “We all had a great time, see you next year!”
Heidi Willis enthused: “It was a lovely day and the bouncy castle kept my lad amused for hours – thank you.”
GreenRock is Colne’s only free music festival and is hosted by Colne Town Council’s Events Committee. Colne Tyre Centre sponsored GreenRock 2014 – the first time the event has attracted a sponsor – and owner, Azhar Iqbal, provided free hot drinks to GreenRockers at his Centre during the morning.
Adam Tennent, who is a co-opted member of the Events Committee, was responsible for booking all the bands as in previous years. This year, he pitched his giant teepee style marquee at the end of the Millennium Green and this proved to be a popular base for stalls from local businesses and community organisations like The Guides.
Entertainment for the younger members of the audience proved to be successful, with magician, Peter Dean, wowing the crowd with illusions and close magic in the early afternoon. The bouncy castle was an especial draw throughout the afternoon. Cllr. Sarah Cockburn-Price said: “We had some very patient children, but there were queues, so next year we are planning a much bigger one, and, given the number of requests from adults, perhaps one for them too!”
Other well received bands included a vibrant and enthusiastic set from Walter Mitty’s Head, high energy rockabilly from Mad Jack and The Hatters, soulful singing from Daisy and brilliantly evocative reggae from The Cultivators. Gaps in the sets were successfully plugged by stalwarts, Big Belly Hi Fi and two slots from the fabulous Drum Machine, who mesmerised the crowd with their resounding rhythms and theatrical appearance.
The Events Committee welcomes those who wish to have input to GreenRock 2015 to their next meeting at Colne Town Hall on 8th September at 7 p.m.
Media Contact: Cllr. Sarah Cockburn-Price,
Tel: 01282 868008 / 07791 412210, E-mail: [email protected]