This is an event that we’re very excited about here at Castle Ocelot. It’s the second year of Avebury Rocks and this time they’ve got Levellers headlining. They will be joining Mike Peters from The Alarm and Big Country, Nick Harper, Cy Curnin, George Wilding and other acts. It’s a charity walk followed by a concert and takes place on Saturday July 7.
Avebury Rocks is a combined sponsored walk and concert in the heart of Wiltshire with the Avebury stone circle as the centrepiece. It’s inspired by the events hosted by the Love Hope Strength Foundation, set up to improve levels of care around the world for families suffering with cancer.
This is the second year of the event, which is sponsored by The Hills Group, and like last year there are again two sponsored walks - a 20 mile walk around the Avebury area and a five mile walk, where the organisers expect families and others to join in a celebratory 'last lap' as they head into Avebury itself.
If that's not enough there will be some music along the way and at the lunch stop, before the star studded finale concert in the evening with all walkers getting free entry.
Last year the organisers managed to get the brilliant Newton Faulkner along to headline the event. This year they’ve managed to get Levellers to play an amazing acoustic set.
It is organised by local boy Nick Harper, the son of music legend Roy Harper. This year’s concert will be in aid of two great local causes - the Prospect Hospice in Wroughton and CALM a charity set up to help families whose children have been hit by leukaemia. Nick took inspiration for Avebury Rocks from his mother, Monica Weston, a Marlborough schoolteacher who died of cancer at the Prospect Hospice. Nick will also be performing at the event.
Renowned for their energetic live show, longevity has not diminished the Levellers’ ability to put in a performance and get everyone in a room, or field, dancing. This will be their only acoustic show of the year.
Mike Peters is the lead singer of two legendary British bands The Alarm and Big Country. Despite his huge success in the music world he has at the same time been battling leukaemia since 1995. Mike will be playing acoustically on the walk and not at the evening concert.
Other acts include Cy Curnin, the lead singer of The Fixx, Avebury musician George Wilding who opened the festival last year and Swans in Flight, a five-piece who have supported everyone from Seth Lakeman to Doctor Feelgood. At Avebury Rocks they will be appearing as an acoustic duo. Other acts will be announced in the next few weeks. The evening concert starts at 6pm. For tickets, info and to download a registration form for the walk visit http://www.aveburyrocks.org