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Rockin’ tribute to Eddie
3:00pm Thursday 12th April 2012 in News
CHIPPENHAM’S tribute to a rock ‘n’ roll legend, the Eddie Cochran Festival 2012, pulled in hundreds of visitors on Sat-urday for a day of live 1950s style music and dancing.
The event was organised by Chippenham musician and pub manager Lindsey Miller, whose initial aim was to bring more local and young people to the festival. This was his first year organising the Eddie Cochran Festival, which marked 52 years since the star’s death following a car crash in Chippenham.
Doors opened at 3pm, with a jive lesson at 3:30pm followed by live music until midnight. Dirty Six, a local band put together for the event, were the first act to play, followed by the Cheaterslicks, Lucas and the Dynamos, the Flip Top Floozies and Earl Jackson Band, with renowned DJ Wildcat Pete filling gaps.
Hazel Goodfellow, 20, said: “Cheaterslicks were brilliant. I’m so proud of Lindsey; he’s really pulled it off.”
More than 260 people attended the festival, which changed venue this year from the Olympiad leisure centre to the Neeld Hall, with jivers on the dance floor all day and lots of praise for the event.
“This is an injection of much needed culture into the town – I’m glad Lindsey carried on the festival spirit, we can’t let it die,” said party-goer Tim Fernandez.
23-year-old guitarist Ali Hoff said, “The new organiser has made an amazing day, brilliant. I can’t wait for next year.”
“I love the fact everybody has had fun today. It could have been a day where people could have been isolated but it’s been the most enjoyable time of my life. I love rock ‘n’ roll,” said young Chippenham fan Ben Towl.
Mr Miller, 27, said: “Saturday was a success and I am so happy with the turn out.
“The Neeld Hall was an ideal location with excellent facilities and the people really enjoyed themselves.
“The bands were everything I expected and more, especially the extraordinary Earl Jackson.
“I am so grateful to have had the backing and support of my friends and family throughout the weeks of preparation and on the day.
“There will be necessary adjustments next year to carry this festival on and help it grow back to its former glory.”