Rockin’ out at Holbeach Music and Beer festival

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TRISH TAKES FIVE: By Trish Burgess

Tap, tap, tap. “I’ll bring some couscous and maybe rustle up a few brownies?”

Send. “Who are you texting?” Dougie asked me.

“Just the girls. Trying to sort out who’s bringing what to the Holbeach Music and Beer Festival.”

He rolled his eyes. “Couscous? You do realise this is a beer festival in Holbeach? It’s not Proms in the Park at Burghley?”

“Sausage rolls then? Cheese straws?”

“Why on earth do we need a picnic?”

He had a point. I did a bit of investigating and realised there were going to be several local vendors selling food at the event. A change of plan was necessary.

Tap, tap, tap. “How about just a beer and a burger?”

A few days later 12 of us rocked up to the venue on Pennyhill Road, proudly sporting our wristbands and feeling as if we were turning up to Glastonbury. Or was this just me? No wellies needed, thankfully, as the weekend weather was gorgeous.

It was Saturday evening and there was a real buzz at the Holbeach United Community Sports Academy. Families were having a good time: children were making the most of the bouncy castles, adults were very chilled in the late evening sunshine.

After some dithering as to where to sit (it was worse than being at the beach) we opted for a spot near the front of the stage whilst listening to the very agreeable sound of Sacred Nations.

Settled with my pint of cider (well, no point in having a half and then queuing up again unnecessarily) it wasn’t too long before food was required. I checked out all the stalls and chose a roast pork bap from the Pinchbeck Pig Roast Company. It was delicious. I’m not sure how they managed to squeeze in so much pork, apple sauce and stuffing into one floury bap but I’m so glad they did.

As the sun began to set, the headline act burst onto the stage. I’ve seen the RPJ Band a couple of times at the Spalding Midsummer Ball so I knew they would be excellent but there was something about the festival atmosphere that took the entertainment value up another notch.

These amazingly talented session musicians, who play separately for several headline acts around the world, come together as a superb event band, with a set that includes numbers from Guns N Roses, Journey and Bon Jovi.

I’ve never been in a mosh pit, despite my tender years spent watching AC/DC at the Mayfair in Newcastle, but jumping up and down in a field in Holbeach, waving a light stick and screeching “I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby” was the closest I was going to get. And I loved it.

Lead singer, Rick Parfitt Jnr, whipped everyone into to a frenzy then paid homage to his rock star dad with a great rendition of Rockin’ All Over The World.

I could only attend the festival on the Saturday night but I’m sure it was a great success on the other two days. Thanks to Sean Taylor for putting on such a fantastic event in Holbeach. Count me in for next year!

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