Rock show marks end of Battle’s Big Event

Battle Rocks poster
Battle Rocks poster

BATTLE’S Big Event will finish with a bang with a weekend of live music on September 7 and 8.

It doesn’t seem long since Battle’s Big Event, a community festival of sport and culture, kicked off the beginning of summer, but Battle Rocks will bring the event to a close on the recreation ground at North Trade Road.

Organisers are promising that Battle Rocks will be the biggest feast of music the town has seen at least since the demise of the Battle Abbey Proms and probably for long before that.

The doors will open at 6pm on Friday September 7, with four local bands lining up to entertain revellers from 7pm.

First up is Duke Box, who are sure to cater for all musical tastes with their diverse musical repertoire.

Next up will be the 1066 Rockit Men, a group of local heroes who have their own massive following of fans.

Two tone and ska band SKA’d for Life are guaranteed to get everyone up on their feet whilst Sonic Oblivion will close the show with their own unique takes on well-known hits.

Band member Rob is the lead singer with the Bohemians, one of the biggest Queen tribute bands around.

Sonic Oblivion’s Queen medley is something not to be missed.

On the Saturday, music lovers will be taken on a journey through different genres of music, from folk to jazz to blues.

Gates open at 2pm on Saturday, with the music starting at around 3pm.

The gig will kick off with the well-established folk and harmony group Titus with the genre shifting effortlessly from folk to jazz with the talented Victoria Howarth and her jazz quintet.

There will be a change of pace with Pete Prescott and Phil Hudson bringing a bit of swing to the proceedings.

Phil is a former member of the Lighthouse Family and has previously been crowned Jazz Guitarist of the Year.

Pete and Phil’s cover of Frank Sinatra hits and other classics are not to be missed.

Then it will be time for a bit of blues with the Howlin Blues, who will be demonstrating why the blues are at the root of all modern music.

Ever-popular local band Slam, fronted by feisty singer Katie Lloyd and her infamous furry boots, will be guaranteed to have people up and dancing.

A ten minute firework display, courtesy of the Battel Bonfire Boyes, will herald the arrival of headline act the Which Blair Project.

A beer tent, hog roast and burgers will be available on both days.

Tickets cost £12.50 (£10 if booked in advance) or £22.50 (£17.50 in advance) for both days.

Tickets are available from the Bull Inn, 27 High Street, Battle.

Tickets can also be purchased online from the Battle Rocks website at