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Rockus returns to Whitchurch
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A POPULAR Whitchurch music festival returned for its third year with a new format.
Eight bands – the majority of which were local – played at Rockus at the Whitchurch Sports and Social Club.
The nine-hour festival featured three stages in the main hall, allowing bands to play one after the other without interruption.
Billed as “Later....with Rockus” the separate sound stages mimicked BBC 2’s flagship music show Later... with Jools Holland.
“We do this for fun and aim to bring a big festival to our town for one day,” said organiser Mike Poole, 42.
He added that organisers are already thinking about Rockus in 2014.
For £12 punters got to hear Basingstoke metal band Karrion, acoustic act Ethemia, dubstep four-piece KTS, and blues band Slim Chance and the Long Shots.
There were also acts from Amsterdam-based metal outfit Lockdown, reggae group The Majestic, Andover singer-songwriter Gray Smith, and Whitchurch band We Deny.
The evening closed with a northern soul DJ set.
Nineteen-year-old Loren Mancini fronts the pop-punk five-piece We Deny.
Loren, from Longparish, said: “We have been lucky enough to play three years in a row.
“I love playing here because there’s a great spirit and a nice way for everybody in town to get together and share a passion for music.”
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