LEGENDARY rock band 10cc, will headline Kent’s one-day family music festival this May.
The witty, lyrical 70s rockers lead an impressive line-up of musical talent at Gig for Life on the late May Bank Holiday weekend. Also headlining is Maverick Sabre, the edgy, soul singer, rapper and Brit Award nominee, along with alternative rockers Toploader and Americana group Los Pacaminos, featuring Paul Young.
The chart-topping names will be joined by local musical talent for Gig for Life, a one-day music event for 10,000 people, at the Hop Farm, Paddock Wood. The event, on May 27, is raising money for Cancer Research UK.
Local talent appearing at Gig for Life includes Kent-based rock band The Standard Lamps and the folky, harmonious Arcelia.
Among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music, 10cc is one of the very few acts to have achieved commercial, critical and creative success in equal measure, with their current live incarnation still able to sell-out major concert halls.
With eleven Top 10 hits, including three No 1's – Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love and Dreadlock Holiday – it’s no surprise the band has sold 15 million albums in the UK alone.
Co-founder Graham Gouldman, who leads the current line-up, puts 10cc’s longevity down to the quality and individuality of the songs. “They don’t seem to date – they’re original. We never followed any trend, we simply wrote for our own pleasure. The fact that the songs are being played as often on the radio today as they ever were,shows how true that is,” he said.
Event Director David Rivers said: “I’m absolutely thrilled 10cc is headlining Gig for Life. Their music, like the festival, is all about having fun together. We’ve got a stonking good line-up which covers all musical tastes. It’s a family festival with something for everyone and we hope it will create some wonderful memories.”
Sharon Baldwin, the charity’s fundraising manager for Kent, said: “Gig for Life is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to enjoy a one-day family festival on their own doorstep. Buy your tickets now, the money raised is vital, it could be life-saving.”
Tickets are on sale online with a limited number at 10% discount on a first come, first served basis. There are also some great group ticket discounts and a select few VIP tickets. Get tickets here www.gigforlife.co.uk/tickets
Melanie Wrightson, Community Engagement Manager at Gatwick Airport, said: “Gatwick is proud to be the lead sponsor of ‘Gig For Life’ and is encouraging as many people as possible to buy a ticket. As Gatwick’s national charity partner, we are fully committed to supporting Cancer Research UK in its fight to beat cancer at every opportunity.”
David Rivers added: “It’s going to be a fantastic day, there’s so much good quality musicthat everyone will be able to enjoy it with their friends and family, however old or young you might be.
Notes to Editors:
About Gig for Life
- Gig for Life is a new music event created by Amber Creative to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
- It is a family festival for 10,000 people to be held at the Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent TN12 6PY on May 27.
- Acts featured are both internationally-known bands and local musicians.
- Gig for Life has sponsorship from: Gatwick Airport (lead sponsor), Hams Travel, Tate Fencing, Formidable Audio, BookItBee, Impact Production Services, Simply the Best Events, Medi-1; Direct Design, Step Three Construction, Ansacom and Amber Creative.
- The event is organised by Kent-based event management company Amber Creative who have delivered Poofest for 6 years.