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PARTY TIME: Line-up revealed for Croxley’s free music festival

 Published on: 4th August 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Croxley’s own premier free music festival Croxfest is returning to the village next month for its 11th edition.

Taking place on Saturday, September 9, the festival site on The Green will open at 11.30am before the live music begins at 12pm. With 10 musical groups, all with their own eclectic style and sound, the event is scheduled to finish at 8pm the same day. As well as live music, guests can also enjoy funfair rides, food and drink, face painting and charity stalls, all on the beautiful open space of The Green.

The first group set to take to the stage is New Variants at 12pm, a trio of teenage rockers. Charlie, Seren and Dylan formed the band when acting in the West End production of School of Rock, and now make their own original music. Unique London group Thee Mighty Saint Pancras are next up at 12.40pm, a four-man band whose music is described as a mixture of garage rock, protopunk and post-punk with modern influences. The local Rock Choir will return to The Green after a successful Revels performance, with local singers belting out more fantastic tunes from 1.25pm.

Following them are The Peppered Aces at 2.10pm, three Londoners set to bring their brand of Irish folk and traditional rock to Croxley. Tiptoe Apollo will then take to the stage at 2.55pm, performing a setlist of rock tunes described as fast, restless, energetic, and loud! They will be followed by grunge/punk/rock group SNM at 3.45pm, with their anti-establishment and emotional tunes.

Then come My Name is Jeff at 4.30pm, a Buckinghamshire-based five-piece rock band who specialise in fun covers with a wide repertoire of songs. As the evening comes in, Sonia Elisheva will perform at 5.20pm with her blend of soulful vocals, electro-swing and jazzy beats, before former Spitfires frontman and Watford local Billy Sullivan performs solo at 6.15pm following the release of his debut album earlier this year. Finally, to close out the festival are five-piece, female-fronted function band Blonde Rebel at 7.10pm, whose musical performances range from popular songs of the 60s all the way to the big tracks of today.

With the date of the event inching closer, Croxfest’s organisers are looking for volunteers and help from the community to run this year’s festival, and to keep it going in the future.

A spokesperson for the festival said: “Team Croxfest and the organising committee who put the festival on are all unpaid volunteers. Every band or artist that plays at Croxfest offers their time and play for free.

“From the festival set up on the Friday, the event day on the Saturday and the clean up Sunday, every single person volunteers their own time for the love of this much-loved community music festival. If you can help, even if for just one hour, please email volunteer@croxfest.co.uk

“Croxfest is only possible with your support and generosity. Whilst we strive to keep Croxfest a free event for everyone, there is no secret that we need generous donations to ensure that Croxfest has a long-term future. As in previous years, there will be bucket donations available on the day.”

Residents can also donate online via bank transfer by visiting the Croxfest website at

www.croxfest.co.uk/donate

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