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Rockers set to hit stage in Newbury
by Fiona Madden
BBC Blast Reporter

The Crave
Rock band The Crave will be performing in Newbury

Rock 'n' Roll lovers in Newbury are in for a treat as a night of music has been announced.

Newbury Rock School has arranged a night headlined by two rock phenomena, The Crave and Tin Soldiers.

They will be supported by indie band The Great Statesmen and Newbury's very own under-18 Battle of The Bands winners, The Jammin' Dodgers.

The Rock School is set up for children who will be mentored for one week over the summer holidays.

This culminates in them performing and recording their own music.

The Crave and Tin Soldiers will headline The Night of Rock at the Corn Exchange.

Band success

Samuel Butler, who runs the school with his step-father Leo Westby, described how it only started a year ago but has already been a success.

"We've got 48 kids this time. We started off last year with 28 so we've progressed quite well.

"We get four bands together and at the end of the week they do a performance and get a recording.

"The kids come from all over the South of England - we have people from Kent, people from Oxford and all over.

"The helpers that come in to get the kids together and teach them are part of four bands that are up-and-coming and we really admire. They're really, really good.

"The kids were absolutely astounded - they didn't actually say anything - they were speechless.

"When the bands were playing everyone was up and jumping around and we're only in a little studio. They were clapping and having the time of their lives."

Status Quo

The Crave, who have played with rock legends Status Quo, have also performed at some of the UK's biggest festivals, including Download and Sonisphere, and are releasing their much-anticipated debut album next month just in time for the gig.

Tin Soldiers
The Tin Soldiers will also be at the Corn Exchange

Tin Soldiers, a four-piece from Kent, are currently being championed by Kerrang and Scuzz TV who are featuring their latest single 24 Hours in their playlists.

Indie group, The Great Statesmen have been given an accolade from XFM's Alex Zane and BBC Radio 6's Steve Lamacq.

The final addition to the evening is the youngsters, The Jammin' Dodgers.

Sam says: "We also run a teaching business called 'Let's Play Rock' which is putting on the whole event for the night.

"Leo's been doing that for about 20 years and I joined it about 3 or 4 years ago."

If you would like more information about Newbury's Biggest and Most Spectacular Night of Rock or to buy tickets go to the Corn Exchange Newbury website.

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