Beanfest back bigger and better

Rob Crook or 'Bean'
Rob Crook or 'Bean'

BEANFEST – the biggest music festival of its kind around Rotherham, is back with a vengeance.

The free, all day Rock/Metal/Indie festival began humbly at Rawmarsh last year, when pals of the late Rob ‘Bean’ Crook sought a way to commemorate the 23-year-old guitarist who lost his life in a car crash.

Bean's Bizkit - last year's Beanfest tribute band who performed in memory of Rob "Bean" Crook (pictrured).

Bean's Bizkit - last year's Beanfest tribute band who performed in memory of Rob "Bean" Crook (pictrured).

Their “unique way of grieving” raised £5,000 for Bluebell Wood Hospice from donations and raffles, as they presented a platform for hot new talent.

This year, bands all clamoured to return and organisers promise “a few national surprises” too.

Eighteen bands will strut their stuff and a whole range of styles across two stages on July 2 at the Star Inn, High Street, Rawmarsh.

A festival spokesman said: “Beanfest is tailored to everyone’s festival needs, providing an amazing atmosphere”.

Headliners include Jilted Generation – the world’s only Prodigy tribute band and Rage against the Bean (a local RATN tribute band formed from Bean’s friends).

Also confirmed are The East Street band (Springsteen tribute), Swindon’s In the Absence of Light, and local rockers Disarm, along with Mask of Virtue, View from S62, Troika, Doused, Montuno, Leather Zoo, Steel Trees, Massacre of Megafauna, Sporadic Slaughter, Diamond Velocity, Kitty Fly, Burden and Goatleaf.

Live music will sound from noon to midnight, with each performance lasting around 30 minutes.

Everyone associated with the festival is donating their time free of charge. Children will be allowed to the outside stage area.

Star managers Chris and Klair Thompson have a wealth of successful festivals under their belts, including their own summer Starfest. But they are amazed by the phenomenal support given to Beanfest both last year and this.

Chris said: “The beneficiary Bluebell Wood was chosen by Bean’s parents Dorothy and Dennis Crook of Rawmarsh, who both hope that the festival can make a real difference for children in South Yorkshire”.

Sarah Champion, Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospice  said: “We’d like to thank Beanfest for supporting Bluebell Wood for a second year.

“After the success of the first year of Beanfest, we are hoping local people will get involved again with this fantastic festival.

“It costs over £2.5m every year, to care for children and young adults in this region with a shortened life expectancy.

“The hospice receives no statutory government funding, and without our supporters and events like Beanfest, we would not be able to help as many children as we do.”