What’s the word, thunderbird? Well, the word is that one of the top annual Rock ‘n’ Roll festivals in the North East continues to grow in stature and popularity – and that festival is called Rock Ridge.
Festival-goers will be travelling from near and far to soak up this unique atmosphere that’s created at the event situated at Burdon Plain, between Stanley and Sunniside, as the central marquee stands proudly in the field among which campers in various forms of accommodation can stay.
The main action is under canvas, as the weekender begins. If you like Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly, Jumping Rhythm and Blues, Western Swing, Hillbilly Bop and most points in between, you’ll love this because the Rumble’s got it all.
The stage is set, and what a stage it is, benefitting from expert lighting and sound systems. It’s set at just the right volume that wherever you are in the marquee, you can hear as well as anyone else.
It’s so good to hear that Rock Ridge will include a wide range of genres, with the diversity of sounds performed including the pounding upright bass of a rockabilly trio, the honking sax in a Rock ‘n’ Roll band, steely guitar of a Stetson-wearing Western Swing band, and the bouncing harmonica of an R&B combo. They’re all there, including some local favourites, some brought from a distance, and other up-and-coming artists.
If you’re a toe-tapper, foot-stomper, thigh-slapper, seated-watcher, standing-admirer, jiver or bopper, or you just love the rocking sounds of live music, the Rumble’s the place to be on the first weekend in August.
The headline act this year is 80’s chart neo-rockabilly band, The Polecats.
Tickets range from evening-only passes to full festival tickets (£15.00 – £60.00). Pay on door entry allowed is allowed up to 22:00.
For further information about the event, including details regarding the full line-up, head to rockridgeevents.co.uk.