ALSTOCK, the Bodmin music festival in memory of the late Al Hodge, will have more musicians this year than ever before.
The event, at Priory Park on Saturday July 28, was started by a group of Al's friends in 2007, the year after he died of a brain tumour. This year it will feature nine bands on the main stage, starting at noon
Two will headline the event. Midlands-based Max Raptor, have already made a big impression in the UK and Europe, and will be known to many in Cornwall following their date earlier this year at Bunters in Truro, and their full-on style perfectly suit the big Alstock stage.
They will be followed by Babysnakes to finish off the evening. Recently, Babysnakes set alight the South West live music scene with blistering performances all across the English Riviera, culminating with headlining for the thousands of live music lovers at The Teignmouth Music Festival.
Their stunning live shows are infused with tantalising mixtures of country, glam, alt-rock, funk and Mexicana, sweetly put together with four-part harmonies, passion, pride, and peak performance. Other main stage bands are The Business, Rhythm Roulette, Hold The Sun, Ten Zero One, Three Minute Warning, The Raise, and the Johnny Cowling Band. Last year, Alstock included a second stage for the first time, dedicated to acoustic performers, and this will be extended this year to include at least one full band, Cynyc, whose bass player, Adrian Evans, will be known to many as the former head of music at Bodmin College.
Also on the second stage will be one of Al's closest friends, Derek 'Fitzy' Fitzpatrick who played with Al in The Ginhouse, the duo Smith and Jones, from the British Virgin Island of Tortola where Derek built a nightclub.
To take full advantage of all the equipment and facilities needed for a big festival, the Alstock committee has again booked Cornish comedian Johnny Cowling for the night before (Friday, July 27) with support from the band Fearless.
Al Hodge's son Luke, one of the festival organisers, said: "Everything is in place for another great day in Bodmin. We've kept the ticket prices the same as last year, which means people get 12 hours of live music for £12. Steve Andrews Tyres have come up trumps again with major sponsorship and I'm sure we're going to have another cracking day."
The main beneficiary of the Alstock 2012 profits will be the RNLI and, as in previous years, £500 will be given to Bodmin College for the Al Hodge Memorial Award for the college's most promising music student.
Tickets can be bought in advance from The Ginhouse in Bodmin and anyone buying one for £10 for the Johnny Cowling evening can also buy an Alstock ticket for £10 rather than £12. Alstock has a page on Facebook (search for Alstock 2012) and Bodmin-based company Inspired Development has created the new website – www.alstockfestival.co.uk
Max Raptor, have already made a big impression in the UK and Europe. They will be known to many in Cornwall following their date at Bunters in Truro – their full-on style will suit Alstock.