Buxton set to rock this weekend

Buxton Rocks, The Hangtown Thieves
Buxton Rocks, The Hangtown Thieves
  • Buxton Rocks features top tribute bands as well as local bands
  • Event takes place on Saturday at the Octagon, Pavilion Gardens
  • Advance tickets available up until Friday at 8pm

Music lovers are in for a treat at the second annual Buxton Rocks festival, which takes place this weekend.

Saturday’s event features a number of top tribute bands playing at the Octagon and promises to be bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event.

Among the bands set to play are: Ohasis, Pearl Scam, The Darkmess and Slade UK with local bands The Indieannas, Turtle Zed, SYZ, and Melt also on the bill.

Chris Buckley, one of the organisers of Buxton Rocks, said: “Last year we had about 650 people there. This year we’ve opened it up a bit more across all genres. Last year’s event was quite heavy, quite rocky but this year we’ve got tributes to Oasis, Slade and the Prodigy so the day caters for everyone.

“We’ve got some great bands, including some top UK and European tribute bands as well as local bands. There’s some great music and some great stalls in a great venue. It’s just a great family day out for music lovers and everybody.”

Explaining the thinking behind the creation of Buxton Rocks, Chris added: “I’ve been in the Octagon and thought it was a great venue which doesn’t get used enough for music. The Beatles played there and I just thought it would be a great venue to have more live music in.

“There isn’t a massive amount of music events in this area. I know we’ve got the Y Not Festival and others but they’re a bit more expensive so we just wanted to try and do something to bring live music to people in this part of Derbyshire.

“We’ve got big plans for the next few years and hope that the event grows year on year.”

Chris is no stranger to organising music events. The former DJ has organised the Glaston-bury music festival in his home town of Bury, Greater Manchester, which has raised £75,000 for a local hospice over the last few years.

And last year, a Buxton Mini Rocks event held at Trunk helped raise money for two High Peak charities.

Advance tickets, priced at £12, are available up until 8pm on Friday from the Tradesman’s Cafe on Scarsdale Place, Muzik and More on Buxton Market Place, Buxton Tourist Information Centre, online at www.skiddle.com or by calling 07581 416771. Tickets can be purchased on the day, priced at £14.

The running order, which is subject to change, will be 12.45pm Melt; 1.25pm Turtle Zed; 2.10pm SYZ; 2.55pm The Indieannas; 4pm Slade UK, 5pm Black Ice (ACDC); 6pm In Bloom (Nirvana); 7pm The Darkmess UK (The Darkness); 8pm Pearl Scam (Pearl Jam); 9pm Ohasis; 10pm Jilted Generation (The Prodigy).