A RUGBY pitch turns rock arena on Saturday (July 18) when an annual festival in aid of seriously injured sportspeople kicks off.
The 2015 Hamplified Music and Rugby 7s Festival is being hosted by Rugby St. Andrews RFC in Ashlawn Road.
A Rugby 7s tournament between local teams will be followed by live music on indoor and outdoor stages.
The free event will drum up support and donations for the Matt Hampson Foundation, a charity set up by the former Leicester Tigers prop after he became quadriplegic due to a scrummaging accident in 2005.
Co organiser Rob Low said: “We are proud to have an affiliation with Matt and have raised many thousands of pounds over the years through our small, friendly, community-based events which have our town at its very heart.
“We have some amazing local acts, some fantastic stalls, games, the Matt Hampson speed cage, a barbecue and indoor and outdoor bars – so bring your friends and family, grab a deck chair or a picnic blanket and make a day of it.”
Headline act The Bad Flowers are a midlands rock band with influences such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and The Who. This year has seen the launch of their Vicious Lullabies EP at The Institute, Birmingham, and a packed gig schedule including Birmingham Rocks and Lichfield Rocks festivals, The Shed in Leicester and Leamington’s Zephyr Lounge.
Three piece folk-indie band Speak Brother return to Hamplified after performing last year to showcasing their own blend of the rising neo-folk scene. Likened to Athlete and Mumford & Sons, the band have recently recorded Rugby’s unofficial World Cup song, Lions Roar.
The newest band on the roster are surf/punk three piece Hanzo, featuring former Ol’ Rosie frontman Pete Plumbley, who will bring their 60s surf rock-drenched garage rock alive with a vibrant stage presence.
Other acts include White Men Can’t Funk, Becki and The Dove, Stonefire, The Record Covers, Dead Frequency, Tan.Trum, Paper Street Soap Company, Eve Singleton and So ’77.
The Rugby 7’s tournament starts at 10am, with live music from 1:30-11:30pm.
Visit www.hamplified.com for more information, or to donate to the Matt Hampson Foundation.