EVESHAM 11 YEAR-OLD ROCKERS MAKE THEIR FESTIVAL DEBUT
A GROUND-shaking rock festival, which celebrates a headline-making comeback for a heavy metal icon, is also bigging up Evesham talent.
The free to download app will trigger poster videos of cult band Grim Reaper, Guns2Roses and hot-tipped Worcestershire up and comers Population:7, whose singer Rachael Medhurst lives in Badsey.
Meanwhile mini rockers PiggyDooDar - Wyre Piddle best pals Dagan Alford-Longley and Max Jenkins and his Evesham cousin Thea - are making their big festival debut, aged just 11.
“We’re really excited about this year’s festival. There will be some awesome performances and we are showcasing loads of talent as well as raising cash for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity,” says Steve Coyne, Chairman of the festival committee of volunteers.
The Drunken Monkey Rock Festival was launched four years ago, in memory of local man Ian Dowton, who died after a car accident. It has raised £11,000 so far for the life-saving Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
The Festival has grown into a renowned three day wonder, which this year features a stonking line-up including Soul Stripper, Guns 2 Roses, Troyen, and Grim Reaper, whose singer Steve Grimmett is bound to get a mega reception.
The frontman for the band, which sprang from nearby Droitwich and stormed the 100-strong Battle of the Bands in the eighties, is currently learning to walk on a prosthetic leg after three amputations following a foot infection picked up during the Walking in the Shadows album tour earlier this year.
“I’m really looking forward to this Festival,” says Steve who has been stunned by fans’ support and fund-raising to help cover the $25k Ecuador hospital bill and ongoing recuperation.
“I will reward everyone by getting back on stage... and walking round like I had two legs!”
In the audience will be Mick Hurst and most of his Areca Design team, who are based in offices next to Evesham’s historic Almonry.
Mick offered the Drunken Monkey AR Mobile App free of charge, as his contribution to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
“The charity is a wonderful, life-saving service that deserves all the support we can give it. It’s a charity that’s particularly close to my heart, as an avid motorbike man,” he says.
“We’re also pleased to support such a popular festival. We’re all music loving rockers here.”
Emerging talent doesn’t get much younger than Worcestershire mini rockers PiggyDooDar, all aged 11.