Big line up for Aylesbury Weekender

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Aylesbury’s biggest free two-day musical festival returns later this month, offering everything from 50s rock n’ roll to acoustic blues and 90’s pop.

The annual Aylesbury Weekender, which attracted roughly 1,000 music fans last year, uses two specially built stages which are set up in Kingsbury.

Organiser Stuart Robb, the managing director of events company Aylesbury Showcase, said: “This is the fifth year Aylesbury Town Council has asked us to organise it.

“It is predominantly for local bands. It’s an opportunity for local acts to play on a big stage in front of a home crowd and it’s all for free.”

The Aylesbury 37 year old is best known in the town for helping to arrange the one day Hobble On The Cobbles free music festival – which has been postponed this year because of funding issues.

The passionate live music promoter said: “The Aylesbury Weekender is a small version of Hobble On The Cobbles. It’s an opportunity for local bands and it’s got the same sort of vibe.

“If you enjoyed Hobbles and want to support local music in town, you need to get behind this.”

Stuart says all 16 acts performing this year, on July 21 and 22, were chosen because ‘they have got a professional attitude and are up to a certain level’.

Andrew Ralph, of Palahniuk one of the bands performing, said: “It’s an honour to be asked to play the festival and with so few venues supporting original bands and music in Aylesbury. We’re thankful that this event is around.”

Natalie Mason, from Dead Cells, said: “We’re very happy and excited to be playing the festival, especially as it is our home town and we’ll be playing in front of family.”

To see the full line up for this year’s festival visit www.aylesburyshowcase.com