COLNE Town Council’s GreenRock 2014 promises a magical first two hours between noon and 2 p.m. this year, as it has secured Peter Dean Magic to entertain the crowd, and especially the younger members of the audience, alongside the music. The Events Committee’s Chair, Councillor Dorothy Lord, said: “We would like to see families come to us early and we have designed the beginning of GreenRock with this in mind, having acted on feedback from last year. Our events licence has a strict limit on numbers and, once we reach it, it will be one out and one in, so we are urging people to come to the Millennium Green early if they don’t want to be disappointed.”
A new band, Relic, has been announced as the band that will kick off GreenRock 2014 at noon. Relic’s set at The 25th Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival was very well received, with the Rock and Blues band, which is based in Colne, playing a wide range of classic music, including Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.
GreenRock, Colne’s only free music festival, is to be staged this weekend, on Saturday 30th August. Held on Colne’s Millennium Green, off Shaw Street in Waterside, the Council’s Events Committee has put up directional signs, featuring the GreenRock logo, to guide would be GreenRockers to the site that even many Colners are unaware of. “The Millennium Green might be tucked away off Bridge Street”, explained Cllr. Sarah Cockburn-Price, “but its topography means it acts almost like a natural amphitheatre for our performers and GreenRockers. Its enclosed nature makes it a safe and ideal venue for GreenRock.”
Colne Tyre Centre is sponsoring GreenRock 2014 – the first time the event has attracted a sponsor.
This year, for the first time, GreenRock will boast a merchandising table for featured bands to sell their CDs, records and other merchandise. In addition to a wide range of catering options, other local businesses are supporting GreenRock by attending with stalls. Colne Town Council has published a page of GreenRock FAQs on its website: www.new.colnetowncouncil.org.uk
“This is a real, grassroots, community event”, said Cllr. Neil Butterworth. “We want families to come and celebrate with us during what promises to be a superb day’s entertainment and all for free. After a few unfortunate incidents last year, we are asking that people leave their dogs at home. This is a decision we are prepared to review in public forum, but this year we are saying, “bring picnics, bring your children, bring your grannies and let’s all have fun”!”