1950’s rock n’ roll legend Eddie Cochran was a pioneer for the genre, but his promising career came to a sudden end after a fatal car crash in Chippenham in 1960. To celebrate the star and his influence on music today, a rock n’ roll festival is held every year in the Wiltshire town for the people of Chippenham and lovers of the style to jive the night away.
2012 brings new life to the event with first time organiser Lindsey Miller (pictured), a rock n’ roll enthusiast who has managed a popular pub in Chippenham for more than five years, taking over the festival from George and Doreen Steele who organised it for a number of years.
The Eddie Cochran Festival 2012 will take place at the Neeld Hall in Chippenham, a change from its usual location The Olympiad, on April 7 as a one day event.
“The Neeld Hall is a great size and has excellent facilities; It has well-balanced acoustics and fits the genre of the festival perfectly. The management staff were all very helpful during the planning stages, and I hope the change in location attracts some new local faces.Unfortunately the new venue has a smaller capacity than the Olympiad meaning tickets this year are limited.” said 27-year-old Mr Miller.
Mr Miller has four British rock n’ roll bands lined up to perform at the festival: The Cheaterslicks, Lucas and the Dynamos, The Flip Top Floozies and The Earl Jackson Band, with renowned disc jockey DJ Wildcat Pete booked to keep the hallrocking all day.
Doors will open for the Saturday event at 3pm to a jive lesson by Sam and Jason of Melksham Rock n’ Roll Club, merchandise stalls, a bar, and classic American-style food and drink.
The Eddie Cochran Festival has experienced difficulties in the past, but Mr Miller hopes for a full house on the day with his star line-up, change of venue and increased publicity.
Mr Miller said: “The Eddie Cochran Festival has many loyal attendees who come every year, I’m hoping to not only impress them but bring new life to the festival with rock n’ roll fans from all over the country, and I’d like to see more Chippenham people appreciating the town’s history. Rock n’roll can be anyone’s cup of tea and I’d love to have a full hall of jivers.”
Tickets cost £25 and are available from the Old Road Tavern or Tourist Information Centre, both in Chippenham, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org quoting number of tickets required.