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Southport Reporter®

Edition No. 225

Date:- 31 October 2005

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THE first Southport Reporter and Southport Champion Rockfest was a resounding success. Havana was packed despite NG26 having to pull out due to a van breaking down and Garrialla Farm's lead singer getting hit by laryngitis... and we still had what was an amazing night. The two Liverpool bands, LiveJam and Blynd Zenyth, who stepped in at short notice, did us proud. They were fantastic and it was sad that they could only go on first because of time issues. Live Jam did covers, and started the night with a tremendous rush of powerful classic rock which set the tone for the night. After them came the stunning Blind Zenyth, who will, very soon, be heading into record stores across the UK if they keep up the standard they presented on the night.. Check out their web site at, well worth a look... Thanks lads for turning up at such short notice! Next on the list of stunning acts were the Southport bands, Post Haste and then Revolution. Post Haste were stupendous, keeping the standard high and the audience rocking. Next on stage Revolution, well this band like Blynd Zenyth deserve to go places... They kept the rhythm going with a set that got even the VIP John Pugh, MP rocking away! Then the night's last band took to the floor as the Mayor of Sefton posed outside with the Monster Truck, which was parked outside ready to take the winners of a raffle around the town... The Monster Truck was very kindly loaned to us by ABE was on the stage inside as the Mayor came in and he and his wife, were blasted with the sweet sounds of Pop Rock! We were stunned as the Mayor's face lit up with a large smile that was nearly as bright as the stage lighting! "It is fantastic to see all the young people safely having fun and listening to amazing bands. Well done to both the Southport Reporter and the Champion for putting on such a stunning night." he shouted to me over the music. His wife added:- "It is so nice to see such enthusiasm and support for the local bands. Also it is nice to see so much support for charity and it really shows what the youth of Southport do for the community."

ABE did a breath-taking set including some new numbers that the band had held back from performing until the night. ABE's Band Manager, Adam Goldwater said:- "The event is fantastic. It shows off the talents of lots of bands, gets the youth actively involved in the music scene of Southport and also raises cash for charity. Well done to all the bands and the organizers."

As five bands took to the stage our Editor, who was the organizer on the night said, "It just shows what the youth of Southport really do for the community and it shows that they can have fun at the same time. It is also important that we do more nights like this and here at the Southport Reporter we have lots more planned.

Live music is a huge part of the night life community and without support for both the events and the bands, from the media and the community, the night life will collapse. The bands love to do charity events and this is not only good for the community and the music scene but also for the bands. We have just given them a way of showing the people of Southport what the bands do every week and we hope it will encourage more people to join in the fantastic music scene which we have here on Merseyside."

The event raised £900 for the Southport Christmas Lights Appeal.

Thank you to all who helped and supported the event.

Please note that video highlights of all the bands will be added to this section and to Liverpool Reporter later this week!

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