C'mon everbody! Jive along to the The Eddie Cochran Festival
One town’s tribute to the rock legend who met his untimely end there goes into its 52nd year next week.
The Eddie Cochran Festival takes place as a one-day and night event this year on Easter Saturday, and organisers say the best in old-fashioned British rock ’n’ roll will be arriving in Chippenham for the extravaganza.
The Summertime Blues singer died in a car crash on Rowden Hill in the Wiltshire town back in April 1960, just after he had played a gig in Bath. The singer Gene Vincent was badly injured in the crash, which happened when their taxi blew a tyre and hit a lamppost on the A4 through the town.
Local landlord Lindsey Miller has taken over organising the long-running festival, held every April to celebrate Eddie’s life, after it was run for many years by rock ’n’ roll fans George and Doreen Steele.
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The festival has been staged in the town’s Olympiad Leisure Centre but is switching this year to the Neeld Hall in the town centre.
“The Neeld Hall is a great size and has excellent facilities; It has well-balanced acoustics and fits the genre of the festival perfectly,” said Mr Miller. “The management staff were all very helpful during the planning stages, and I hope the change in location attracts some new local faces. Unfortunately the new venue has a smaller capacity than the Olympiad meaning tickets this year are limited,” added the 27-year-old.
Mr Miller has four British rock ’n’ roll bands lined up to perform at the festival: The Cheaterslicks, Lucas and the Dynamos, The Flip Top Floozies and The Earl Jackson Band, with renowned disc jockey DJ Wildcat Pete booked to keep the hall rocking all day.
Doors will open for the Saturday event at 3pm to a jive lesson by Sam and Jason of Melksham Rock ’n’ Roll Club, merchandise stalls, a bar, and classic American-style food and drink.
The Eddie Cochran Festival has experienced difficulties in the past, but Mr Miller hopes for a full house on the day with his star line-up, change of venue and increased publicity. Mr Miller said: “The Eddie Cochran Festival has many loyal attendees who come every year, I’m hoping to not only impress them but bring new life to the festival with rock n’ roll fans from all over the country, and I’d like to see more Chippenham people appreciating the town’s history. “Rock ’n’ roll can be anyone’s cup of tea and I’d love to have a full hall of jivers.”