Saturday, 20 October 2018

"Langstock" music festival a hit

HUNDREDS of people attended a rock music festival at a Woodcote school.

The sold-out event at Langtree School on Friday evening was dubbed “Langstock” and involved performances by 16 local singers, bands and musicians.

Many of the groups were made up of students at the school, including Laguna, Nancy Jane and Friends and The Tritones.

Headteacher Rick Holroyd made a surprise appearance ahead of the first set as he played his Gibson Les Paul guitar on the main stage in a packed school hall.

The school’s drama studio became the acoustic stage, with acts including singer-songwriter Bea Bartlett-Ellis and folk singer Colin Williams.

The main stage was headlined by Berkshire four piece The Echo, while Sam Brown’s International Ukelele Club of Sonning Common wrapped up proceedings on the acoustic stage.

Outside, there was a barbecue and licensed bar and the school’s parent teacher association had arranged a variety of stalls selling food and drink.

The festival raised more than £2,000, which will go towards the school’s new artificial sports pitch.

The £200,000 all-weather pitch was granted planning permission in the summer and is expected to open in June next year.

Mr Holroyd said: “This is the first festival of this kind we have organised and it went down very well indeed.

“We were delighted that we were able to sell out and hope that all who attended enjoyed the show.

“We are extremely grateful to all those who helped as well as so many members of the community who came along.

“We have already been asked about next year’s event and the answer is yes, planning is already underway!”

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