Rock at the Castle line-up to rock Hertford

PUBLISHED: 20:28 03 August 2013 | UPDATED: 20:28 03 August 2013

Hertford Allstars will play Rock at the Castle in Hertford

Hertford Allstars will play Rock at the Castle in Hertford


HERTFORD will be rocking this weekend as an all-day concert kicks off the county town’s annual music festival.

Ahead of Time Crew will play Rock at the Castle in HertfordAhead of Time Crew will play Rock at the Castle in Hertford

Rock At The Castle takes place on Sunday from 12.30pm to 7.30pm in the grounds of Hertford Castle.

Admission is by suggested voluntary donation of £2, with proceeds this year going to 2nd Bengeo Scouts.

Organised by Hertford Town Council in collaboration with Hertford Music Festival’s Kev Saunders, Rock At The Castle features seven hours of music on Sunday afternoon.

With nine amazing bands on the main stage, and another seven slots for solo artists, duos and trios on the Hertford House Hotel Acoustic Stage, Hertford Castle is ready to rock again with a formidable line-up ranging from hard rock to pop, country rock to ska and indie.

Local ‘supergroup’ Hertford Allstars will close the show as usual with a blistering set of rock covers.

Among the many acts new to the Castle are the Ska-tastic Apocryphalites from Sawbridgeworth, who draw inspiration from the likes of Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker and The Skatalites, but fuse it with 21st century licks. This is one serious ska band to grind your boots to.

Benjamin Bloom, the piano playing singer-songwriter and purveyor of a peculiarly infectious variety of pop music, is another new name, while Twelve Point Head and Sofasonic promise some serious rocking.

Rock At The Castle stalwarts will remember the swaggering, heavy-riffing yet melodic Broken Chords from a previous incarnation as Wideboy Generation.

By popular request, Hertford’s own hip-hop surrealists Ahead of Time Crew are back, as are The Ghost of Samantha.

Be sure to get there right at the start so as not to miss the wonderful Cardinal Wino with their raucous, countrified rock’n’roll full of twanging romanticism, a soupçon of soul and a generous dollop of rockabilly fire.

Meanwhile, Neil and Jess Drummond, from The Guitar Studio in Railway Street, Hertford, are behind the new artists’ hospitality tent, offering all musicians – all of whom are playing free of charge – a selection of drinks and nibbles.

They are also generously providing all the backline – that’s guitar amplifiers and drum kit equipment – for the show.

The fun doesn’t stop on the stages. The fringes of the castle lawn will be packed with activities for kids of all ages, such as a bouncy castle, balloons, and a giant joust game, as well as clothing stalls, licensed bar and a feast of food franchises including ice cream van, cupcakery, burgers, hotdogs and hog roast.

The full line-up and stage times are as follows:


12.30 – 13.00: CARDINAL WINO

13.15 – 13.45: SOFASONIC

14.00 – 14.30: TWELVE POINT HEAD

14.45 – 15.15: AHEAD OF TIME CREW


16.15 – 16.45: THE GHOST OF SAMANTHA

17.00 – 17.30: BENJAMIN BLOOM

17.45 – 18.15: BROKEN CHORDS

18.30 – 19.15: HERTFORD ALLSTARS


13.00 – 13.15: SARA ASHLEY

13.45 – 14.00: Mayor and Sponsors’ welcome speech

14.30 – 14.45: GRIFFIN & PERRY

15.15 – 15.30: ROXY SEARLE


16.45 – 17.00: ZOE PHILLIPS

17.30 – 17.45: CANNON STREET

18.15 – 18.30: MARCHING DONALD

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