Overstrand gig’s a Rockstock-and-barrel success

A popular annual open-air gig in north Norfolk at the weekend has smashed previous attendance and fund-raising records 'Rockstock and barrel'.

An estimated 1,400 people bought tickets for Overstrand's fifth Rockstock night on Saturday and the event, on the coastal village's sports ground, has raised around �4,500 – more than double last year's record.

The cash will go to the sports ground while money from a barbecue, which was among food and drink stalls at the event, will be used by the Millennium group to improve the children's play area.

'It went everso well. I'm very, very well pleased – chuffed. I was very delighted to see the cheer on everyone's faces,' said organiser and musician Rade Stamatov, who lives in the village and runs a music shop in Cromer.

Crowds ranging from children to grandparents packed the ground on a balmy afternoon and evening to enjoy eight-and-a-half hours of music which mixed emerging local talent from across north Norfolk, including bands Budgie Smugglers and Hessian Rose, with spots by experienced performers such as headliners Johnny Romance and the Lovers.

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'There were people queueing to get in and all the food completely sold out,' said Mr Stamatov.

A planned finale with all performers on-stage to sing Hey Jude didn't happen because time ran out.

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He was pleased at the success of one change to this year's format which saw the performers' stage shifted to face the sports ground pavilion, rather than being at a right-angle to it as in previous years.

'It made for a better ambience all round,' said Mr Stamatov, who plans another Rockstock next year.

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