The first two Bobstocks in 2010 and 2011 were held in my garden, under 35 quids worth of Halford’s gazebo. I invited Kedington’s musical elite and as many family and friends as I could. There were some blinding performances, many fuelled by Magpie Pete’s famous homebrew. It was all acoustic then, no PAs or amps, just music in the raw. Highly enjoyable stuff. Then in 2012 came Cotton Hall in Rectory Road, with a rambling 10 acre garden, belonging to Neil and Helen Carson. They’d experienced the dubious wonders of Bobstock 2011 and kindly offered their spacious back garden as an alternative venue. I jumped at the chance.
Not only were the surroundings delightful, I could plug in! Actual proper bands and that! A result if ever there was one. Thankfully, neighbour Nick offered to do the sound. Any kit I didn’t have I borrowed: drum kit, amps, slightly bigger gazebos. The evening ended with a blistering barn dance hosted by local stalwarts the mighty Quaff, and a firework display!
In 2013 disaster loomed – Cotton Hall was not available for that year’s Bobstock. So I resigned myself to the slightly regressive move of staging it in my garden again. I needn’t have worried – the king of the knee slide, Ross Van de Zande, came to the rescue. He approached the KCA to see if we could hold Bobstock, along with a beer festival, in the Community Centre to see out the summer holidays, and K.C.Giggs was formed to promote live music in the village. Thanks to the talents and efforts of this small group of volunteer music enthusiasts, Bobstock Live Music and Beer Festival has become a resoundingly successful event that’s open to all. So in a slightly circuitous way, Ketton eventually got the music festival it deserved!
Bobstock Live Music and Beer Festival 2017 – another successful event
The eclectic mix of bands and performers provided a high standard of entertainment throughout the day, with something for everyone. Once again, we had a fantastic selection of real ales, ciders, and gourmet food, and good weather to enjoy the music from the Great Meadow during the afternoon.
This year’s proceeds totalled just over £1,300 which will go towards the upkeep of the Community Centre and Great Meadow, and towards future music events
See all the action on Kedington News Bobstock Special ’17. Thanks to Mathew Upton for videoing the event.
Bobstock Live Music and Beer Festival 2018 will be on Saturday 1 September at the Community Centre from 1.00–11.30pm. Further details to follow, check out the Events page.
If you would like to get involved with Bobstock, either as a performer or volunteer, please contact Bob Dellar.