Beanfest booms - in Rob’s memory

THE third and biggest-to-date Beanfest music festival for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, has been planned for July 14.

Organised by pals of the late Rob ‘Bean’ Crook of Rawmarsh, who died in a tragic car smash in 2010, the festival has raised over £8,000 so far.

This year, it has moved from Rawmarsh to the Park View Sports Bar, Swinton, to cater for increasing numbers of festival-goers seeking live music, and will also boast fairground attractions, merchandise and food stalls - all family-friendly entertainment.

Due to its previous success, Beanfest received over 55 band applications and will have 18 plus live groups playing from noon until midnight on two stages. A wide variety of genres are promised, from rock to pop ‘and everything inbetween’.

Headliners are Foo Fighters UK, Mentallica and Rage Against the Bean, with many local original and cover groups including: Mask of Virtue, Ego Kicks, The Sherlocks, Indra, Goatleaf, View from S62, Steel Trees, East Street Band and many more, with a special tribute from Beanz Bizkits.

Event organiser Simon Hartley of Rawmarsh said: “This year’s festival is a great achievement for Rotherham live music. A festival of this nature would normally have a ticket price of £30 plus. But due to the hard work of bands, sponsors and supporters we can keep the event free of charge.”

He continued: “This festival means so much to so many people and the atmosphere makes the day unforgettable.”

Sarah Champion, Chief Executive of Bluebell Wood said: “Without events like Beanfest we would not be able to help as many children as we do.”