Musicians entertain visitors at Whitchurch music festival

Basingstoke Gazette: Outside Central vocalist Hugh Reilly-Smith Outside Central vocalist Hugh Reilly-Smith

MUSICIANS from various genres entertained the crowds at this year’s Rockus event held in Whitchurch.

The annual music festival at Longmeadow Indoor Arena saw hundreds of people enjoy a varied line-up of acts including 1980s ska band The Beat and local bands KTS, who have shared a stage with Ms Dynamite, Echotapes, who had their single We should feel like we are in love played on BBC Radio 2, and Surfin Lungs, who had a number one in Madrid.

The one-day event aimed to showcase the array of local bands and give music fans a great day out.

Mike Poole, one of the event organising team, said: “This year’s Rockus festival has been a huge success with six brilliant bands playing to an enthusiastic sell-out audience, plus a standout performance from The Beat.

“To top it all, the sun shone and we really couldn’t have asked for more. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved.”

Martin Page, event manager, added: “We are all delighted with the way this year’s event has gone. We aim to bring the big festival atmosphere to our small town for one day, and we certainly achieved that.

“All the bands put on a great performance and the acoustic stage was once again one of the highlights of my year.”

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